Hayford O-Akrofi, GNA
Accra Oct. 20, GNA –
Mr. Kofi Ofori, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Ablekuma North Municipal
Assembly has stated that the financial strength of any assembly in the country
largely determines the extent to which it can effectively impact on the lives
of its people.
Speaking at the 2018
First Ordinary Meeting of the assembly at Darkuman-Kokompe in Accra, he said
implementing innovative measures to maximize revenue by the assembly, has
therefore become an essential function that could not be ignored.
He said Assembly has
therefore decided to pursue a systematic approach towards maximizing the
revenue potentials in the municipality.
To ensure that the
assembly has a reliable and achievable target in the 2019 fiscal year, the MCE
said the following measures were being instituted; review of revenue data,
zoning of the municipality for easy revenue targeting, engagement of private
collection firms where necessary, utilizing personnel under the NABCO to
collect revenue/data and procurement of a bus for revenue mobilization and
Others were public
sensitization on obligation to the assembly, procurement of Revenue Information
Management System (RIMS) and reviewing the appointment of revenue staff.
Mr. Ofori said out of
the total of GH¢ 7, 247,157.00 as its share of the District Assemblies Common
Fund (DACF) for 2018 only GH¢ 1, 237,425.28 had been received.
In the case of
Internally Generated Fund (IGF), Mr. Ofori said the assembly had collected GH¢ 1,125,988.73
representing 24.64% out of the approved target of GH¢ 4,569,085.00 as at
September 30, 2018.
The MCE said, he
intended to run an open administration where views of assembly members and
other stakeholders will be given paramount consideration.
He since assuming
office about two month ago, one of the major challenges he had observed
confronting the effective administration of the assembly, was lack of adequate
office accommodation coupled with increasing numbers of staff been posted to
Mr. Ofori said, plans
were far advanced to take over a building on the assembly’s sanitation site and
develop it to an administrative block to house the assembly.
In his welcoming
address, the Presiding Member (PM) of the assembly Alhaji Mohammed Nasiru
Labaran urged the assembly members to be very serious with the work of the
assembly to expedite development in their various electoral areas.
Co-ordinating Director Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri promised that management of
the assembly will co-operate and work with the assembly members to ensure
development of the newly created municipal assembly.