Assembly reactivates taskforce to improve revenue

The Asante-Akim South Municipal Assembly has reactivated its revenue mobilisation taskforce as part of efforts to rake in more revenue to fund projects of the assembly.

The reactivation of the taskforce which had been dormant for some time is one of various strategies being pursued by the assembly to project internally generated funds (IGF) as the assembly’s key source of funding.

Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), who made this known, said the assembly was also updating its revenue database to capture more tax payers while building the capacity of revenue staff.

Addressing the assembly at its meeting at Juaso, he underscored the need for the assembly to prioritise its IGF ahead of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), the District Development Fund (DDF) and the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND).

“All the assembly’s sources of funding, it is only the IGF that it has control over, I urge members of the assembly and the revenue staff to up their game to achieve the desired results.

“The assembly has collected GH¢391,237.57 out of a target of GH¢605,000.00, representing 64.67 per cent as at August 31, 2018, I call for involvement of all stakeholders to improve the situation, the assembly’s performance in revenue generation over the years leaves much to be desired.

“Four road projects including Banka-Amantia, Komeso-Subinso-Kokoben, Bompata town roads and the Juaso Presby-Komeso road have been awarded on contract, over 500 SHS students benefitted from a free vacation classes I organised with Kwaku Asante Boateng, the Member of Parliament.

“The assembly will continue to liaise with all the four senior high schools in the municipality and provide them with the needed support for the smooth implementation of the free SHS policy.

“The Planting for Food and Jobs programme has also been well patronised in the municipality and I call on assembly members to encourage the youth in their localities to embrace the programme to improve their livelihood,” Mr Frimpong noted. -GNA

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