The Wassa East District in the Western Region has decided to develop the tourism sites in the area, to enhance revenue generation for socio-economic development.
Madam Richael Ofosu Asare, the District Coordinating Director, said the assembly had identified the Domeama Rock Shrine as one of the sites that could be promoted to enhance the assembly’s revenue.
She said the assembly would construct access road to the place, and build structures for prospective tourists and create a website to showcase the tourist sites to the world.
Madam Asare announced these at a community engagement at Atobiase to inform the people about the assembly’s achievements and challenges and the way forward.
The event provided a platform for the people to express their concerns, suggestions, and enabled authorities of the assembly to clarify issues on development in the area.
Mr.Vincent Mawuli Wordi, the District Budget Officer took the participants through the assembly’s programme and explained the factors affecting its dwindling revenue collection.
He mentioned inadequate data on revenue sources, leading to the ad-hoc approach to revenue collection, and under-estimated budget and targets.
Mr Wordi said there was no delivery of bills for licence and fees by revenue collectors to individual property owners and other rate payers, except for well established companies.
Moreover, there was limited supervision and monitoring of revenue collectors at the assembly and sub-structure levels, which led to revenue leakages, he said.
The Budget Officer suggested the need for effective public education on rate payments and the completion of street names and property addresses in order to locate revenue points as well as enforcing the assembly’s bye-laws on payment of basic and property rates and sanction defaulters.
He called for an effective tracking system to easily identify rate defaulters, so as to plug all revenue leakages.
The assembly, he said, must provide basic logistics such as identity cards, uniforms, bags and a vehicle for revenue collectors to improve revenue collection.
He urged for effective collaboration between the assembly and other stakeholders, to enhance public education on revenue mobilisation.
Madam Estherine Mensah, the District Planning Officer, said that the four area councils in the district; Daboase, Ekutuase, Ateiku and Enyinabrim, collected a total of GHc36,039.70 last year, saying this was woefully inadequate to facilitate any infrastructural development.