Tamale Assembly Weans Itself Of Common Fund

MCEMr Abdul Rahman Hannan Gundandow, Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) has initiated moves to break away from over-reliance of the Assembly’s Common Fund, and harness its economic potentials for development.

He entreated all assembly members to intensify revenue mobilisation efforts to address the myriad of challenges facing the assembly.
Mr. Gundandow also urged those in charge of revenue collection to double their efforts in collecting all moneys due to the assembly.

The MCE was speaking on Tuesday, at the assembly’s third ordinary meeting to deliberate on its development issues.
He pointed out that the progress of every assembly depended largely on effective revenue mobilisation to deal with the countless development challenges.

Mr. Gundandow said Tamale is the gateway to the three northern regions, adding “the location and the vast lands in this area offer us an opportunity to seek investors to help in the planning and development of the metropolis”.

“We have to go the extra mile to ensure that we maximise the revenue potentials of this Assembly for the benefit of the people,” he stressed.
The MCE lamented that out of the assembly’s projected revenue of GH¢1,009,284.11 for the year 2013, only GH¢708,380.48 had so far been collected, representing 70.53 per cent, as of September 30, 2013.

He noted with concern that some of the revenue collectors were not up to the task assigned them and the assembly would no longer tolerate poor performance from any of the collectors.

Mr. Gundandow said the assembly had embarked on a number of development projects, some of which had delayed in completion while others were ongoing.
The MCE expressed the hope that with the “Better Ghana” agenda on course, things would get better.
He said there was also the need to open up access roads in the metropolis as a means of solving the traffic situation and that measures were in place to work on the first and second ring roads in the Tamale metropolis.

Mr. Gundandow further entreated the assembly members to help ensure good sanitary practice in their localities by avoiding the littering of the streets.  From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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