Assemblies must generate cash

The new members of the AMA taking the oath of office.

The new members of the AMA taking the oath of office.

NEWLY inaugurated assembly members have been challenged to marshall forces to increase internally generated revenue.

Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who threw this challenge, stressed that it is imperative for the assembly members to team up with the officials to generate enough revenue to save the assemblies from over-reliance on the Common Fund and centralised government funding.

“I urge you to consider revenue generation as an important function and stop over-reliance on the Assemblies Common Fund,” he stated.

Vice-President Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the inauguration and swearing-in of new members of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly yesterday.

All the new members of the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies throughout the country were sworn into office to serve for four years.

The Vice President noted that the assemblies have a lot of potentials to generate revenue for development but relied on the government.

“One area that needs serious attention is the property rate collection and with the appropriate data it could serve as basis to improve collection of the rates,” he emphasised.

Vice-president Amissah Arthur said the government would play a major role in the development of the assemblies through the provision of logistic, staffing and office accommodation and that it was prudent for assembly members to commit themselves to duties to ensure the smooth implementation of the policies ad programme.

He stressed that the local structures cannot achieve their intended purpose if the assembly women and men failed to live up to their responsibilities.

The President also tasked the officials of the Town and Country Planning Department and other related agencies to stick to their professional standard by ensuring that plots are developed according to the designated land use.

Alhaji Shehu Abdul-Kadri, Coordinating Director of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly assured the assembly members of his readiness to work smoothly with them to ensure speedy implantation of programmes and policies.

He revealed that over the years, the assembly had executed a number of projects meant to improve lives of the people in the metropolis.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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