Kassena-Nankana has not received any Common Fund -Outgoing MCE 

October 5, 2021 By 0 Comments

The Kassena-Nankana Municipal Assembly in the Upper East Region has not received its share of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) from the central government from January to September 2021. “The Assembly has not received anything as DACF from January 1 to September 27, 2021,” Mr Williams Aduum, the outgoing Municipal Chief Executive for the area, disclosed at Navrongo during the First Ordinary Meeting of the year of the Assembly.

The situation, he said, coupled with the low mobilization of the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) was making it difficult for the Assembly to finance its development projects and programmes for the improvement of the livelihoods of the people in the area.

The Assembly had projected to mobilize an amount of GH¢439,765.80 through its IGF collections by the end of 2021, however, it had only been able to realise GH¢236,824.50 as at the end of the third quarter, representing 53.85 per cent.

“We are at the end of the third quarter which under normal circumstances, we should have mobilised at least 75 per cent of the projected revenue but we are still at 53.85 per cent, meaning we are likely to miss our target for the year,” he added.

The outgoing MCE explained that the unwillingness of people to pay fees, rent, rates and fines, inaccurate data to properly project and identify property owners, non-functioning of sub-structures and inadequate revenue collectors were major hindrances to the effective mobilization of the IGF.

Mr Aduum indicated that the Assembly had only two revenue collectors and an inadequate number of commissioned revenue collectors and as a result, the Assembly had employed the services of the Nation Builders’ Corps (NaBCo) trainees to help in the collection of the revenue.

He said the Assembly with support from the German International Cooperation (GIZ) had trained all the revenue collectors and equipped them with eight tablets to effectively and efficiently collect revenue and ensure proper supervision to minimise revenue leakages.

Mr Aduum noted that apart from educating the public to understand the essence of paying their taxes regularly for the development of the Municipality, the Assembly had been issuing demand notices to defaulters, especially on property rates and business operating permits and warned that legal action would be taken against tax defaulters.

“On rent payment, I must say that inventory has been taken on government bungalows and those occupying the bungalows illegally would soon be taken out and all those occupying the bungalows without paying rent would be taken to court,” he said.

He said plans were advanced to reconstitute the zonal councils and train them as part of strategies to strengthen the sub-structures, adding that the result of the 2021 Population and Housing Census would enable the Assembly to properly identify businesses and property owners, among others.

This, he said, would help increase revenue mobilisation for effective planning and development. “Let me use this opportunity to appeal to you, the Assembly members, to support management in that regard so that we can mobilise the needed revenue to develop the Municipality,” he added.

Source: GNA