The Asante-Akim South Municipal Assembly has launched an aggressive push towards generating more revenue for implementation of its development agenda.
This involves stepped up public education and holding of stakeholder forums to help everybody to appreciate why they should honor their tax obligations to the assembly.
One of such forums was on Wednesday, held at Juaso, the municipal capital, and brought together representatives of identifiable groups, youth associations, artisans, civil society, chiefs, heads of decentralized department and assembly members.
Mr. Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), assured the people that the assembly would be transparent and accountable in everything it did.
That, he said, was important to excite and inspire everybody to show keen interest in its activities.
He added that citizen’s participation was vital for good and efficient local governance.
He said it was on the account of this that the assembly was deepening its engagement with the people – to get them to stand with it every step of the way to bring socio-economic progress.
Mr. Frimpong identified poor revenue performance as a major challenge that needed to be surmounted.
He invited the people to give strong support, show understanding and cooperate with revenue collectors to achieve set revenue targets of the assembly.
He indicated that they could not continue to over-rely on releases from the central government for the implementation of all development programmes in the municipality.
They therefore necessarily have to redouble the effort to raise internally-generated revenue.
Mr. Kwaku Asante-Boateng, the Member of Parliament (MP), reminded the people that the assembly’s ability to provide their communities with development projects was dependent on the strength of its finances.
That was why they should accept to pay their rates and levies to the assembly, and help to block any leakages, he added.