By Fatou Dahaba
Chairman Bojang, speaking to the Daily News in an exclusive interview said, the Kerewan Area Council (KAC) is made handicapped by the seizure of their main legitimate sources of income. He said before, his council gets a lot of income from taxes such as cattle taxes, car park taxes and many others. “Today we are not collecting theses taxes” Bojang said
Bojang further disclosed that most of their taxes have been taken away from them. Listing the taxes taken from Council are; GLMA which has taken away cattle tax, GRA also taken some of their taxes and Geology has also taken sand mining taxes, leaving them with barely not enough taxes to collect.
He added that some of the institutions, also have not been paying their royalties and this has given them a lot of problems in other to embark on development projects.
Chairman Bojang said in the early 1990s, prices were, then cheap because a bag of cement was not costly as compare to now, when a bag of cement is about 300 dalasi. So providing markets and boreholes one needs to put these funds together to be able to do that kind of development for a particular ward.’
Speaking on other aspects, Bojang also informed this medium that, his council is struggling with old rates , as some of their rates where last revised in 1992, since then to date there was no upward revision of rates.
He said rates remain the same as thatch houses still paid 10 dalasi per year and corrugate houses are 15 dalasi and this is what they collect from communities who are demanding their 60 percent development fund from council.
Bojang said considering this amount and wanting to make development in those communities with the 60 percent, is impossible because the amount is really small.
‘We usually put the two 60 percent, from different wards to effect a development in one particular ward, as a 60 percent from a ward cannot bring any development in a ward. Bojang said 60 percent from a ward cannot dig a borehole now.
He further stressed that due to the ferry crossing dilemma, most NGOs are not ready to go to the NBR, a population of about 250,000 people. Bojang said there are only 3 NGOs in the region and this he said is another constrain that his council is facing.