Birim Central Assembly strategises to improve IGF

Assembly members of the Birim Central Municipality, have raised concern over low rent charges for occupants of assembly buildings and called for an upward review.

They said the tenants were mostly heads of departments and assembly staff who paid less than GHC50 per month for a two-bedroom, or a single room self-contained room, which needed to be adjusted.

The assembly members noted that such residence served as source of revenue and Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for the assembly, hence the need to issue it out at a laudable cost.

They raised the concerns at the third ordinary meeting of the second session of the eighth Birim Central Municipal Assembly.

Clement Attafuah andPapa Yaw Nyarko, Assembly members for Towobotom Electoral Area and Aseneye Electoral Area respectively, said when the rent rate was adjusted, it would help raise funds to support and assist ongoing projects.

They stressed on the need to also explore other avenues to increase the IGF of the assembly so as to initiate projects to accelerate growth and development of communities and improve livelihoods.

Victoria Adu, Birim Central Municipal Chief Executive, revealed that the municipality was recently put under a performance contract and it placed seventh among the first 10 districts and was presented with citation, two laptop computers, scanner, printer and other accessories.

She said the logistics had been shared to some departments that needed them in their operations.

Abraham Damptey Lincoln,the Eastern Regional Marketing Officer of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), at the meeting cautioned the public against acts of illegal power connection, which hampered transformers, affected electricity supply, and caused fire outbreaks and cited illegal acts as direct connection, meter transfer, meter by-pass, self-connection after disconnection and distribution of service supply.

He hinted that the Minister of Energy had set up a Revenue Protection Task Force to check such unlawful activities, and should anyone be found culpable, he or she would be dealt with in accordance with the law. -GNA

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