The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. John Ansu Kumi, has ordered some 800 traders occupying the Assembly’s market stores to pay their rents or face forceful ejection.
He was worried that for some period now, the traders have defaulted in rent payments accumulating up to more than GH¢800,000.
According to the MCE, the traders had failed to pay the GH¢20 monthly rent charge despite consistent reminders and notices, saying the Assembly was left with no option than to eject the defaulters.
Addressing the First Ordinary Meeting of the Third Session of the Seventh Assembly held in Sunyani, Mr. Kumi said that though many of the traders had rented out the stores to others at GH¢1,500, they were still reluctant to pay the GH¢20 monthly rent fee.
The meeting discussed strategies to improve the Assembly’s Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to push the development of the municipality forward.
“We are going to use all legal means to collect all outstanding rent and charges, so that the Assembly can mobilise the needed resources for development,” Mr. Kumi said.
WEEKEND AND NIGHT MARKETS
Mr. Kumi said that have gradually become common in the Sunyani Business District, saying the Assembly would also intensify its revenue mobilization drive as well.
“Management of the Assembly has also constituted weekend and night revenue collectors to collect revenue,” he said, and advised traders to pay their taxes.
Mr. Kumi said the Assembly has initiated a “pay as you dump” policy and placed refuse containers at some neighbourhoods to generate revenue from household waste disposal.
He said a sanitation task force committee would soon be constituted to check indiscriminate disposal of solid and liquid waste, which is dirtying and worsening the sanitation situation in the municipality.
Mr. Ansu Kumi commended the police and other security agencies for their hard work in crime prevention, saying, the security situation in the municipality has improved.
He gave an assurance that the Assembly would continue to support the police in maintaining law and order.