Nana Osei Assibey Bonsu

The Kwabre East Municipal Assembly failed to achieve its revenue target for the second quarter of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Assembly was able to mobilize only GHc 560,110.91 out of the targeted revenue of GHc 1,764, 005.70 earmarked for the first half of the year.

This represents 31.37 per cent of its expected revenue from internal sources.

Nana Osei Assibey Bonsu, the Municipal Chief Executive, made this known at the maiden meeting of the Assembly at Mamponteng after COVID-19 restrictions.

He attributed the shortfall to the severe impact of the pandemic on businesses in the municipality and said the situation could affect the implementation of development projects in the area.

Nana Bonsu said the coronavirus pandemic had created unemployment and affected livelihoods of many people, resulting in the slowdown of economic activities of many organizations, including the Assembly.

He said management after the easing of some of the COVID-19 restrictions had to adopt innovative strategies to mobilize revenue to finance recurrent expenditures and some ongoing projects.

The MCE said the Assembly during the height of the pandemic distributed Personal Protective Equipment to churches, mosques, market centres, public and private health facilities, Schools, lorry stations and others who needed them.

Despite these challenges the Assembly, he said, was making greater impact in the provision of infrastructure in the areas of education, health, sanitation, waste management, security and others.

He, however, said lack of adequate logistics such as vehicles, office and residential accommodation and appropriate data, was affecting the revenue mobilization and work flow of the Assembly.

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