MUNICIPAL Chief Executive (MCE) for Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly (WGMA) in the Greater Accra Region, Mr Patrick Kwesi Brako Kumor, has affirmed the determination of the Assembly to plug loopholes and explore revenue generation sources to enable it achieve its revenue target of GH¢ 4,586,227.85 for the 2019 fiscal year.
Mr Kumor who gave the assurance to the people of Weija-Gbawe at the Assembly’s third ordinary meeting revealed that Internally Generated Fund (IGF) as at the end of August 2019, the Assembly has collected cumulative revenue of GH¢ 2,774,513.45 out of a total target of GH¢ 4,586,227.85 representing 60 percent.
According to him, within the same period 2018, the Assembly has collected cumulative revenue of GH¢ 1, 450,638.32 out of a total target amount of GH¢ 5,109.00 representing 28.43 percent.
He stated that looking at the figures, it showed that there is a mass improvement in the Assembly IGF growth from 28.43 per cent in 2019 and was hopefully that the Assembly grows its IGF further to help provide the needed development for the people in the area.
He disclosed that the total expenditure incurred as at the end of August 2019 was amounted of GH¢ 2,694,466.64 as against a budget figure of GH¢ 4, 586,227. 85 representing 26 per cent.
He stated that the grant the Assembly received from the European Union (UN) in the 2018 fiscal year for the livelihood implementation projects in the municipality amount of GH¢ 2,699, 591 .01, adding that as at the end of August 2019, GH¢ 699,900.54 has been spent so far representing 26 per cent.
He mentioned that the total District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) receipts as at the end of August 2019 amout of GH¢ 1,167,021.20 as against a budget amount of GH¢ 4,530,271.85 representing 26 per cent.
The MCE said the Assembly was considering various options that would enable it to increase its IGF and appealed to the staff and Assembly members to support its drive to generate more funds to supplement other funds it received for the execution of development projects.
He noted that in the Assembly efforts to mobilize to tackle the various developmental projects confronting the Assembly, revenue taskforce teams made up of himself, Municipal Coordinator Director, Municipal Finance Officer, revenue collectors,heads of various departments and units have been formed to carry out revenue collection and mobilization filed monitoring exercise.
According to him, their maiden filed visit resulted to the collection of an amount of GH¢ 56,929,000 in the first week.
He stated that ever since they started this revenue collection exercise, the walk-in rate payers stand at 27 with the collection of an amount of GH¢ 5,332.00 over the last week in September 2019.
Mr. Kumor informed the house that some major roads including Mallam Bola, Gbawe and new Weija roads have been earmarked for construction, adding that the old Lafa River Bridge, Guinness Depot Bridge, and Mallam Presbyterian Bridge are at the various stages of construction.
The MCE urged the Assembly members to continue to use their rich expertise to support the management of the Assembly to carry out its core duties of creating conducive environment for the citizenry to live and to go about their works without any hindrances.