Ga Central Municipal Assembly moves to boost revenue mobilization

The Ga Central Municipal Assembly has taken another giant step by introducing an Electronic Payment Management and Sanitation Monitoring System to help improve local revenue mobilization in the municipality.

This laudable initiative would also go a long way to help eliminate some irregularities in the manual collection of revenue.

The E- Payment Software has been developed in integrated manner not to cater for the collection of Business Operating Permits and Property Rates, but it also has a Waste Collection Monitoring System.
This means that, every household will be registered compulsorily for Waste Collection,” he added.

Speaking at the launching ceremony in Accra, the Regional Minister, Hon Ishmael Ashitey, noted that all the necessary financial and resources that would come to the Assembly would be monitored carefully in order to ensure its effective use.

According to him, the issue of revenue mobilization should be very high on the agenda of the Assembly.

It is only by doing this, that Assembly we can have enough revenue to ensure timely development for our people,” he said.

Stressing that, Government flagship programmes such one District – One Factory (1DIF), Free Senior High School (SHS), among others require enormous resources to implement and keep running.
This he said, the government would not relent on its efforts to mobilize resources at the district level to achieve these objectives.
“It is against this background that the inauguration of this Point of Sale System (POS) is a welcome news,” he stated.

The Minister therefore challenged all technocrats to ensure maximum utilization of this technology in order to increase revenue for the Assembly to help champion the cause of development in the country.

The Ga Central Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Lamptey, hinted that, the over the years , the manual collection of revenue has recorded several irregularities including suppression of figures, untimely payment of collected revenue and non-disclosure of collected revenue and other malpractice.
It is in this regard, we are introducing this system to overcome these challenges.

“In recent times, Local Government Authorities in Ghana are confronted with the huge problem of waste management in the communities.

Aside our growing population, most Ghanaians have poor attitude towards environmental management. We generate huge amount of daily and yet, its disposal is problematic.
The directive by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo to make Accra the cleanest City in Africa will be a mirage if proactive action is not taken by all of us,” he emphasized.

This would provide quantitative information operations of the Waste Collection Service Providers at the household level in the various Communities in the Municipality. “This means that every household will get compulsorily be registered for waste collection,” he added.

It is the expectation of the Ga Central Municipal Assembly to increase its Internally Generated Fund in 2018 by 100% over the 2017 performance.

“In fact, as at 31st December, 2017, we collected an amount of GH¢ 2, 697.046.44 from a budgeted amount of GH¢2, 888.00 representing 93.39% of the expected target. Our 2017 Revenue performance is 45% improvement over the 2016 performance, while expenditure reduced by 34.5%.

In 2016, the Assembly budgeted to collect GH ¢ 1,814, 374 and actual total collection stood at GH ¢ 1, 857.522.34,” he disclosed.

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