Politics

Assemblies re-strategise in revenue mobilisation for devt

The Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality and the Agona East District Assemblies have stepped up efforts to increase their internally generated funds (IGF) by forming revenue mobilisation taskforces with the mandate to help improve their financial position in order to accelerate development.

The intervention is to increase and accelerate the number of projects earmarked and executed through collaboration of development partners with support and assistance from the assemblies.

The assemblies expressed concern about their inability to meet revenue targets hence the need to contract Greenfield Ghana Limited, a revenue mobilisation company to help them generate more revenue to improve livelihoods using paperless means to collect revenue for the assemblies.

Gilbert Asmah and Dennis Armah-Frempong, Municipal and District Chief Executives for Tarkwa-Nsuaem and Agona East Assemblies respectively, made these known at the first ordinary meeting of the assemblies in Tarkwa and Nsaba.

Mr Asmah indicated that as of December 31, 2018, the assembly’s IGF was GHȻ13, 135,444.48 representing 76.45 per cent as against estimated figure of GHȻ17,182,138.98, spent GHȻ12, 966,602.71 representing 98.71 per cent, physical projects took chunk of funds and most projects awarded in 2018 were completed and handed over.

According to him, the assembly was in the process of providing link roads and culverts along Ahwetieso-Boamakrom, Cyanide-Prisons quarters, Mantemankabi, Akyem- DVLA and Tamso New roads and construction of polyclinic at Nsuaem.

Mr Asmah said the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, George Duka renovated water and sanitation facility for Simpa Health Centre and also procured ten computers to improve data management in some selected health facilities in the municipality with work ongoing for Community based Health Planning Services compound.

He disclosed that the assembly in collaboration with Wassa Fiase mediation team is to construct a duty post for duty bearers at Kyekyewire and Bonsa barriers and called on all assembly members to support and help in the development of the municipality.

 Mr Armah-Frempong observed that the essence of forming a taskforce was to track down all revenue defaulters to collect the monies owed the assembly to enable it to undertake more development projects to raise living standards of residents.

Nana Kwao Ponsi II, Adontihene of Agona Asafo and Presiding Member of Agona East District Assembly, lauded the government and management of the assembly for their cooperation and understanding that had brought significant improvement in the district because the assembly could not rely solely on Common Fund and external donors. –GNA

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