MMDA’s urged to raise revenue from property rates for devt

Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo,Senior Minister.

Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo,Senior Minister.

THE Fourth Local Government Service (LGS) Professionals Conference opened in Ho on Tuesday with a clarion call on metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to embark on a vigorous operation to raise adequate revenue from property rates for development.

Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo who opened the two-day conference said that the assemblies have over the years attached little importance to revenue collection from property rates and rather looked up to central government for funds for local government programmes.

That situation, he pointed out was highly inimical to policy planning and implementation at the local level.

About 400 LGS officials, including chief directors and metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives are attending the conference under the theme: Transforming Ghana through Effective Leadership, Coordination and Implementation of Government’s Policy at the Decentralised Level in the 30 Years of Ghana’s Decentralisation.

It is expected to lead to the realisation and identification of options to address challenges in the implementation of policies and systems in line with LGS’S mandate.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said that the property rate collection was a decentralised arrangement and for that matter the assemblies were expected to make the most out of it.

He revealed that in 2016, for instance, LGS in the Greater Accra Region raised only a paltry amount of GH¢ 10million from property rates and said that revealed that something definitely went wrong with the proper rate collection.

“As the bridge between government policy initiatives and their acceptance by the public for enhanced socio-economic development, it is important that you have the foundation of your responsibilities firmly grounded on knowledge, skills, professionalism, effective leadership” he told the participants.

The Senior Minister stated that LGS staff also required the best moral and work ethics as well as the greatest appreciation of the dynamics and ever changing public needs of the people to enhance their work capacity and the delivery of public service to the citizenry.

Mr Osafo-Maafo urged the participants to take up the  challenge of being a game changer and stand up to the unfortunate set of status quo public service delivery systems and processes that had achieved little positive results at all levels of the decentralisation process.

“It is time you rose up to lead the drive for the new agenda of productivity and wealth creation”, he added.

Earlier, Dr Nana Ato Arthur, Head of LGS said the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies were the planning authorities at the local level.

For that matter, he said that they were mandated to translate national policies into action plans and implement them to enhance the general well-being of the people.

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, in a welcome address, said that local government professionals must possess certain unique attributes and qualities to discharge their responsibilities effectively and efficiently with innovation, honesty, competence and loyalty, in a non-partisan manner.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

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