The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development intends to collaborate with stakeholders to automate its revenue mobilisation using a Centralized Monitoring Dashboard (CMD) to enhance revenue collection.
Mr Adu-Gyan said the issuance of fee-fixing guidelines had been revisited to provide an upper limit for which various Assemblies were expected to levy rates. “All CSOs should look out for what regulates an Assembly to be able to identify when an Assembly charges above its guidelines,” he stressed.He said a Local Government Finance Bill would be developed to back the legalization of the financial administration of the system to ensure equality in revenue collection and mobilisation.
Mr Solomon Okai, Programmes Officer, FOSDA, said revenue collection, more often than not was difficult due to inability of field officials to account for revenues collected.He said the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly was currently using USSD code *422*500# for revenue collection which increased the Assembly’s revenue by 50 per cent.Mr Bright Sowu, Head of Programmes, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, said MMDAs should educate residents on the need to pay their taxes.
He urged all citizens to develop a strong demand driven social accountability at the local level to keep revenue collection and mobilisation officers on their toes to effectively run the affairs of the Assemblies.