‘Adopt prudent measures to increase IGF’

Mr Amoah

Mr Amoah

The Shama District Chief Executive, Joseph Amoah has tasked assembly members and other stakeholders in the district to adopt prudent but drastic measures to increase the assembly’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF).

He explained that, releases from the government had become unreliable and it was imperative for them to devise strategic measures that would generate enough revenue for operations of the district.

Mr Amoah, who made the call during the sixth ordinary meeting of the third session of the assembly at Shama, in the Western Region, pointed out that “the district has a lot of revenue potentials and with commitment and dedication it should be able to mobilise enough to effectively and efficiently perform its mandate.

“The district has been selected by the Ministry of Finance as one of the pilot districts for implementation of the ‘Tree Project’, a revenue mobilisation project, which aims at supporting assemblies to improve upon their internal revenue collection.

“The process has begun in earnest, a test run of the project has also been undertaken in Ituma township and is expected to provide the assembly with a software to store data, generate bills and facilitate electronic payment aside regular collection by revenue staff.

“In May this year, a Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty grant of GH¢91,658.00 was disbursed to a total of 1,055 beneficiary households in 32 communities in the district, under the Disability Fund Management Committee Support, a total of 87 persons with disabilities were supported with an amount of GH¢125,730 to live meaningful lives.

“Four hundred and ninety-seven farmers were registered for the 2018 Planting for Food and Jobs programme and 147 hectares have been cultivated with rice while 168 hectares cultivated with maize.

“Schools benefitting from the feeding programme have increased from 34 to 48, and Shama Senior High School has been selected to roll out the double track educational system.

“The assembly was able to award more than seven projects, which include the construction of Community-based Health Planning System (CHPs) compounds, classroom blocks, community centres and the provision of dual desks for schools,” Mr Amoah noted.

Percy Ahenawah, the presiding member of the assembly, expressed concern about the low revenue generation and attributed the situation to either low motivation of revenue mobilisation team, under billing and pocketing of revenue collected by revenue collectors. -GNA

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