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Oforikrom Assembly approves new by-laws for increased revenue

botchway April 15, 2019

 

From Ernest Best Anane, Kumasi        .

The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly has approved new data and by-laws to improve their revenue generation capacity towards total development of every electoral area in the municipality.

Madam Gloria Temmah Gambrah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) at the first General Meeting, explained that it is long overdue for the assembly to generate a database to help out source revenue mobilisation, hence the need to have accurate data. The Assembly also endorsed its by-laws.

According to her, without the data and by-laws, revenue mobilisation would still remain a challenge to the Assembly, and affect the developmental agenda geared towards the lives of constituents.

Upon the creation of the Assembly last year, it used the data and bylaws of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), which, she said, is no longer reliable and accurate.

She expressed optimism that once the by-laws are approved and gazetted, they would be put into operation to address the sanitation problem, which is the major headache to the Assembly and the citizenry who are ignorant of sanitation laws.

She disclosed that there would be stiffer punishment for anyone who would go contrary to the Assembly’s by-laws, especially on sanitation.

The MCE, therefore, entreated every resident to comply with the laws in order not to be a victim of intended sanctions.

Mr. Williams Kwabena Boateng, Presiding Member of the Assembly, also urged its members to remain united with the executives towards the realisation of the developmental agenda of the area.

He stated that the Assembly needs the contributions of all members to make them realise their agenda.

The PM indicated that once the data and bylaws are approved, the Assembly would be able to know the number of houses in the Municipality to help effective revenue mobilisation.

He disclosed that currently, the procurement department is working hard to ensure that all the electoral area offices are fully operational to improve its revenue base.

Mr. Boateng announced that there would be a one district one thousand dustbins programme soon to enhance the sensitisation of a sanitation programme to educate the residents with regards to the effective use of dustbins before the start of distribution to help keep the municipality clean.

Pix: Some members of the Assembly at the meeting

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