ACCRA: Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 – The Head of Service, Ing. Dr Nana Ato Arthur participated in a workshop that looked at research findings on Local Government Revenue Mobilisation. The research was conducted by the Ghana branch of an international organisation, International Growth Centre (IGC) following approval from the Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development and Finance.
The workshop which brought together actors in Local Governance and Decentralisation sectors as well as the academia together discussed thoroughly strategies that could be adopted to help improve Revenue Mobilisation, particularly legal issues, policy dimensions, institutional arrangements as well as administrative and capacity requirements in the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). It also discussed in detail, a comprehensive survey conducted in 216 MMDAs by IGC, tasked to develop IGF Strategy and Reference Guide to ensure a co-ordinated and systematic approach to dealing with IGF Mobilisation and Management operations within the broad confines of Ghana’s Public Financial Management System.
The IGC’s report revealed that having in place an electronic database of property and business owners coupled with a problem management software to speed up billing, collection and enforcement processes were key to improving revenue in MMDAs.
The Head of Service, Ing. Dr Nana Ato Arthur was appreciative to the IGC for their efforts and said technology would not only help MMDAs to have an expanded view of properties and businesses in their jurisdictions but also helped increase efficiency with which they reached out to property owners in sending demand notices.
Dr Arthur said there was the need to revise the current mode of payment. According to him, a reduction in cash payment could help improve IGF while reducing leakages in the Assemblies. He disclosed that plans were far advanced in getting a third party’s involvement to assist about forty three (43) Assemblies to implement findings of the Survey.
A representative from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Dorothy Onny who read a speech on behalf of the Hon Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama said, the outcome of the survey emphasised the need for the implementation of the IGF strategy and Reference Guide currently being reviewed with support from GIZ/Sector for Decentralisation Reform. She added that her outfit in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Technical Working Group will embark on a multi-track approach and interventions that would help improve local revenue of MMDAs as well as improve service delivery to the citizenry.
Also present at the gathering were a cross section of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and their Co-ordinating Directors, Representatives from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, University Professors and Lecturers as well as Development Partners.