The Tano South Municipal Assembly in the Brong-Ahafo Region has held a Town Hall Meeting which offered the opportunity to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, Mr. Collins Offinam Takyi, to account for his stewardship and roles played by the Assembly to the people in the Municipality
Addressing the meeting, the MCE said the Assembly obtained revenue from four areas, such as the Common Fund, District Development Fund, donations and grants and Internally Generated to execute physical structures and other activities in the Municipality.
He stressed that the Assembly uses the District Assembly Common Fund to execute some specific projects approved in the budget by the government, but on the internally generated fund, the Assembly uses it to carry out non-physical activities and programmes to ensure government policies, activities and programmes are effectively implemented.
He said Assembly could not generate enough internal funds, and emphasised that this phenomenon had affected the execution of development projects in the Municipality, and urged the Members, opinion leaders and unit committee members to assist revenue collectors in the mobilisation of revenue.
He also called on taxpayers to honour their obligations to ensure the government raises enough revenue to execute projects across the country.
According to the MCE, the government’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid agenda can only be achieved through innovative policies and programmes.
He stressed that the government had introduced innovative policies, programmes and other interventions aimed at creating an enabling business environment to assist business women and men get opportunities to expand their businesses, and also to produce locally manufactured goods or products to feed the country.
Mr. Offinam said the government had received and approved petitions submitted on the creation of the Ahafo Region by the chiefs and people of Ahafo, and urged all the chiefs in the Municipality to play a leading role by educating the legible voters to vote ‘’YES’’ on Referendum Day.
The participants were taken through presentations such as Local Government and Administration, procedures involved in the preparation of budget for the Assembly, and planning.
On local government and administration, Mr. Evans Akingya, Assistant Director of the Tano South Municipal Assembly, defined Local Governance as responsibility for the formulation and execution of collective actions at the local level, or the transfer of authority and power to the local people.
On the structures of the local government system, he mentioned Unit Committees, Urban, Town and Zonal Area Councils, and stressed that the unit committee was responsible to assist in the collection of revenue, organise communal labour, monitor the implementation of self-help projects, and educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities, and many more.
On the planning concept, the Planning Officer for the Tano South Municipal Assembly, Mr. Franklin Walier, defined planning as a framework or roadmap leading to development agenda.
He said the Medium Term Planning of the Assembly always had objectives, and such objectives were the vision of the government.
According him, planning goes with objectives, execution and implementation, and stressed that since planning brings development, therefore, there was the need for the Assembly to plan effectively and efficiently to ensure people get the basic necessities.
The Budget Analyst for the Tano South Municipal Assembly, Mr Isaac Owusu Sekyere, said since planning goes with budgeting, there was the need for the Assembly to budget its development projects to ensure the most of the priorities are executed.
He stressed that it was significant on the part of the Assembly to solicit views from community members before preparing fee fixing, and said that the Assembly finances its administrative works from Internally Generated Funds, whilst the Common Fund is to finance some specific projects approves in the Annual Action Plan by the government.
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, Omanhene of the Bechem Traditional Area, who chaired the programme at Bechem, urged the participants to honour their tax obligations to make the government raise enough revenue to execute development projects to meet the expectations of the citizenry.