A DEPUTY Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has said there is nothing wrong for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to venture into commercial business activities that can generate revenue to help develop and improve their respective localities.
According to him, the over- reliance of some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on Common Fund and District Development Facility (DDF) have, to some extent, made the assemblies redundant and unable to be productive.
Mr. Vanderpuye said this during his pre-Easter Sanitation Sensitization visits to the various Municipal and District Assemblies in the Eastern Region to discuss with the assemblies their challenges and how best, together, they can devise solutions to solving them.
He said the days where assemblies had to wait on government subventions before they engaged in any development or productive ventures should be the thing of the past. He rather encouraged them to move away from their conservative nature of governance that limit their level of creativity and productivity to a more liberal one that enhances development and progress.
He encouraged the various assemblies in the region to venture into lucrative businesses like estate development, construction of stores for rental, farming, and the like, in order to generate money to help develop their localities and more especially create jobs for the youth in their respective communities.
However, he said if they are able to go out of their ways to venture into such business activities, it will make them less dependent on the Common Fund and District Development Facility (DDF), which, obviously, make them rest on their oars.
In that same breath, he challenged members of the assembly to upgrade themselves to improve their innovation and creativity skills. This, he said, would help enhance their level of efficiency and increase their output in their respective departments for the growth and betterment of their communities.
Again, he said government is looking for creative and innovative means that can revolutionize and empower the local assemblies in the country so that they can generate their own revenues and be able to pay all their workers.
‘’Government is doing everything humanly possible to make sure that there are proper structures in place that can make our local governance system more autonomous and efficient so that if a particular local government were to be failing they would not blame it on late arrival of Common Fund or any District Development Fund DDF’’ he emphasized.
On Internally Generated Funds (IGF), he warned financial officers in the various assemblies who were fond of under-recording the revenue they collect from tax payers and then pocket the rest of the assemblies’ monies, to desist from the act, adding ‘’if any person is caught in the act he/she would be made to face the full rigours of the law’’ he said.
He finally appealed to the assemblies in the region to desist from party politics that impedes development and rather work assiduously and selflessly move their respective communities forward in development for the betterment of mother Ghana.
From: Nii Korley Commodore-Mensah, Kwahu South, Mpraeso.