General News of Thursday, 20 July 2017
The Obuasi Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region has laid off 22 of its over 70 casual workers as part of strategies to safeguard its Internally Generated Funds (IGF).
The move is as a result of a recommendation by the Finance and Administration Committee after it conducted a headcount of casual workers paid by the assembly through its IGF.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Elijah Adansi Bonah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview that the assembly was receiving only 40 per cent of its IGF, a situation that called for the need to increase its tax collection.
“Until strategies are reached for widening tax collection, especially payment of property rate, some workers paid through the IGF need to be weaned off,” he stated.
He explained that offloading the 22 casual workers was not rooted on political reasons but on the overstretched IGF payroll.
“This is not political. We need to help safeguard our IGF. Our casual payroll has been overstretched and the need to protect our IGF rings a bell,” he said.
With about two months in office, Mr Adansi Bonah noted that most of the people in the Obuasi Municipality had defaulted in paying their property rates and urged tax collectors to intensify collection strategies to increase the IGF.
BIOMETRIC TIME MACHINE
The MCE observed that most workers at the assembly were either late for work or absent.
Therefore, as part of strategies to check lateness and absenteeism, there was the need to introduce the biometric time system to serve as a check on the two vices.
He said it was important to show punctuality as one of the positive attitudes towards work to improve productivity.
He further said the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was committed to improving productivity at the various workplaces and called for cooperation from the assembly and staff and asked for a sense of purpose to ensure the development of the Obuasi area.
In a related development, the immediate past MCE for the municipal assembly, Mr Richard Ofori Agyeman, popularly known as “King Zuba”, has lauded his successor, Mr Bonah, for the introduction of a time-tracking system to check lateness and absenteeism.
DEBT TO ECG
Mr Bonah said the assembly was currently owing the Electricity Company of Ghana GH¢131,000.00, as well as a number of contractors and that it was mapping out strategies to deal with the situations.