The people of Sissala West, have been urged to honour their tax obligations to help the District Assembly generate more revenue to bring rapid progress to the area.
The call comes at a time many of the assemblies in the Upper West Region are struggling to meet their revenue targets.
Mr. Mohammed Bakor, the District Chief Executive (DCE), said the ability to successfully implement the development agenda of the assembly would be dependent on the strength of its finances.
He was interacting with journalists at Gwollu and said they were collaborating with Save Ghana, an NGO, to design ways of using modern technology to aid revenue collection.
He added that the lack of close supervision and effective monitoring of the revenue collectors was depriving the assemblies of huge sums of money.
Mr. Bakor, said their “biggest challenge is how to increase the assembly’s revenue,” something that has prompted them to introduce innovative ways and take advantage of the technology to boost revenue mobilization.
He expressed discomfort with the situation where some people in the district, who ought to pay taxes were not doing that because the assembly “has not been able to reach out to them”.
Many small businesses including food vendors were doing good business but had not been paying taxes.
Save Ghana seeks to help in the transparent, convenient and efficient collection of the taxes due the assembly and looks to injecting trust and confidence into the system.
Mr Bakor encouraged everybody to accept and support the new system that would be rolled out in the coming days.
It would help track the amount of revenue collected from tax payers to prevent revenue losses.