The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Hajia Alima Mahama on Tuesday asked the newly inaugurated municipal assemblies carved out of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), to collaborate with the AMA to help them to take off.
She said the AMA already had the data base in terms of property locations, rates and other relevant information to help the new assemblies to raise a lot of internally generated funds.
The minister said this in Accra when she inaugurated the Ablekuma Central Municipal Assembly (ACMA) as part of an inaugural ceremony of six newly created municipal and district assemblies across the country.
The other two assemblies carved out of the AMA are Korle-Klottey and Ayawaso Central municipalities.
Hajia Mahama entreated the new municipalities to endeavour to make revenue generation one of their top priorities, since any development agenda would hinge on the revenue generated internally.
She said the government had given each new assembly GH¢2 million seed capital to help establish the various new municipalities and districts in addition to furniture, computers and accessories.
The minister challenged the management of the ACMA to take sanitation issues serious, since that was one of the core functions of an assembly, adding that in planning their budget, they should incorporate the cost of maintaining clean environment.
Mr Laud Commey, Director of Operations at the Presidency, who chaired the occasion, challenged the new municipality to immediately kick-start its administration.
He said now that the municipal assembly had been given autonomy, it was expected of them to provide the needed social and economic infrastructure for the people.
Mr Commey commended the government for fulfilling one of its campaign promises by ensuring the transformation of sub-metros into municipal assemblies.
BY Lawrence Markwei