Assemblies advised to block financial leakages

Ishmael Ashitey,Greater Accra Regional Minister

Ishmael Ashitey,Greater Accra Regional Minister

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, has urged district assemblies to adopt proactive measures to block leakages in the mobilisation of internal generated funds.

That, he explained was the only way assemblies could generate enough revenue for socio-economic development of their communities.

Mr Ashitey gave the advice at a meeting with workers of the La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly on Monday in Madina, near Accra.

The visit formed part of his familiarisation tour of assemblies in the region.

According to Mr Ashitey, assemblies in the country could become self-sufficient if loopholes within their financial administration were effectively managed.

He reiterated the admonition by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the country has no excuse to be poor and urged the assemblies to re-double their efforts in order to catch up with other countries regarded as economic giants.

The minister said the government was irrevocably committed to efficient accountable governance, respect for the rule of law and human rights.

He added that the government wants to bring governance to the doorsteps of the people through greater grassroot participation, better planning and improved service delivery.

Mr. Ashitey therefore urged the citizenry to exercise restraint while efforts were being made to nominate suitable chief executives for the various assemblies.

The minister said the necessary mechanisms have been put in place to regularly monitor their financial activities and charged the staff to be dedicated, disciplined and transparent in order to build a vibrant assembly.

The Municipal Coordinating Director, Alhaji Saaka Dramani said though the assembly has performed effectively, more needed to be done especially in the area of refuse collection.

He said out of 118.8 tons of refuse generated daily, only 89.8 tons was collected representing about 75 per cent leaving a backlog which has become a challenge for the assembly.

Alhaji Dramani said the assembly was collaborating with the Ga East Municipal Assembly to acquire a new landfill site.

He appealed to the minister to help resolve the boundary dispute between the assembly and other sister assemblies, complete abandoned Get Fund projects, and improve the road network.

The Member of Parliament of the area, Alhaji Boniface Saddique asked the staff to eschew partisanship and rather partner government to improve the livelihood of the people.

“The elections have come and gone, we must now unite and work for mother Ghana,” he said.

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