‘Some assemblies can survive on IGF’

Nii Anang

Nii Anang

The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, has stated that some of the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), can survive without government support.

His assertion was in agreement with Breakfast Show discussion spearheaded by the host which advocated the need for government to reduce or in some cases cut subventions to MMDAs to enable them to generate their own revenue for the needed development.

That will enable the government to spend such monies to develop the rural parts of Ghana in less-endowed assemblies by providing them with basic amenities.

The proposals was made ahead of the 2018 budget statement to be delivered on November 15, 2017, made a direct appeal to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to consider the proposals in order to wean the country from aid and loans.

Most MMDAs depend on some statutory funds especially the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) to undertake development projects within local assemblies.

The government releases to the assemblies often delay for several months before they are released.

Regardless of these amounts, assemblies also rely on internally generated funds, amount many believe should be enough to adequately cater for assemblies’ needs if loopholes are blocked and proper tax systems are in place.

Nii Anang-La agreed that they could do without full government support if adequate measures are put in place to beef up internal mobilisation of revenue.

He noted that the funds they generate internally are even more than what they receive from government.

“In Tema, our IGF is always more than what we get from common fund, it has never been a case where common fund will be bigger than IGF, it is about four times what we receive from common fund,” he said.

When asked whether the TMA would be able to raise enough money to undertake development projects without receiving common fund, Nii Anang-La said “sure, we can do that”.
“We in TMA have decided to go in for a private consultant who is going to work in close relation with our engineers so that we do property-rate checks.
“Even those who are paying are paying less than they ought to and the property rates, business operating permits and the money that we receive the business operating permits give us more,” he added.

Alhaji Danaa, an Assembly member for Iron City in the Awutu Senya East District in the Central Region, who also shared his views attested to the fact that the districts could make it without the support of government. –citifmonline.com

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