The various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country would hence be assessed by the Internal Generated Fund (IGF) they amass each year, Head of Local Government Service Dr Nana Ato Arthur has said. According to him government has an interest in the wealth MMDAs independently generate to support developmental projects at the local level.
Dr Ato Arthur made this revelation during a working visit to the Shama District Assembly last Friday.
He explains the Local Government Service has noted with worrying concern at the poor performances of some MMDAs in the country in terms of IGF. He referenced the Center for Democratic Development’s (CDD) District League Table as a useful tool in determining performances of MMDAs.
He however added that, some MMDAs like Prestea Huni-Valley, Tema, Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai, Tarkwa-Nsuaem and Asutifi North have for years been noted for higher levels of IGFs due to royalties paid them by companies in their jurisdictions. Dr Ato Arthur indicated the Local Government Service would consider segregating these royalties from other sources of revenues collected by MMDAs. By so doing, we could tell the true performance of the assemblies, he noted.
“Going further the office would want to segregate the royalties to know their real effort as far as the IGF is concerned. If we get to know about this I believe some of those who are first, second or third on the league table would probably fall on the seventieth or somewhere”
Dr Ato Arthur entreated assemblies to devise strategies to improve revenue collections. He tasked MMDAs to adopt mechanisms that would assess the performances and also motivate revenue collectors contracted by the assemblies. He however cautioned revenue collectors to desist from collecting freebies from their clients.