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The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour, has challenged Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) to devise appropriate ways of collecting their Internally Generated Funds (IGF) without antagonising taxpayers.
According to him, proper training of revenue collectors on how they can perform their lawful duties in a more civil manner, taking into consideration the fact that nobody loves to pay tax, would be imperative.
He also encouraged the assemblies to use part of the IGF to finance physical projects and not only goods and services, and said that would motivate the public to honour their tax obligations, reminding them of using, at least, 20% of total IGF on development projects set by the government
Darfour made these statements when he opened the Eastern Regional Budget Hearing in Oda, the Municipal capital of Birim Central in the Eastern Region.
Touching on the weight of compensation in the National Budget, Darfour pleaded with the assemblies to support the efforts of the government to control the wage bill by fishing out “ghost names” that may be found in their books.
The purpose of the budget hearing was to deepen Decentralisation and Local Governance for accelerated national development, by ensuring that the programmes and activities of the assemblies are synchronised with their Medium-Term Development Plan, which is geared towards achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Birim Central, Victoria Adu, in her welcome address, called on her colleague District Municipal Chief Executives to maintain good economic governance principles, accountability and transparency, as stated in section 33 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016, Act 921.
She thanked the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, for the confidence reposed in her to represent him in the Municipality.
She also expressed her appreciation to the Regional Minister, the Assembly Member, the chiefs and all the stakeholders for the love shown during her confirmation as MCE a few days ago.