By Isaac Arkoh, GNA
April 04, GNA - VGN International, a global agency with experts in
strengthening local government in developing countries and countries in
transition has identified rising political interferences as a drawback to
effective revenue mobilisation in the Assemblies.
interference is a major challenge hampering effective revenue mobilisation in
Assemblies across the country."
Jongkind, the Project Director for VGN International who disclosed this
encouraged all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to put
in place pragmatic innovative measures to overcome the menace eroding strides
in revenue mobilisation.
addressing a "Leadership Master Class" workshop organised under the
Tax Revenue for Economic Enhancement (TREE) project for revenue mobilisation by
MMDAs held at the Ridge Royal Hotel in Cape Coast on Tuesday.
sought to institutionalise better structures for effective mobilisation of
Internally Generated Funds (IGF) by adopting new collection-led tax processes
aided by innovative IT solutions, communications campaigns, and legal
enforcement in 33 beneficiary MMDAs across the country.
It was attended
by selected 16 Metropolitan, Municipal Chief Executives (MMDCEs) from the
Central and Western Regions including; Coordinating Directors, Finance
Officers, Presiding Members, assembly members and implementing partners.
they were schooled in Financial Management, Change Management, project planning
Government through its TREE Project has automated Revenue Mobilisation in the
16 selected Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the
Central and Western Regions of Ghana.
It will be
replicated later in the various MMDAs across the country based on the success
of the pilot project.
asked the MMDCEs to lead the change process and support the efforts of their
staff and the TREE project team to achieve the mutual goal of enhancing revenue
and service delivery to all citizens regardless of one's geographical latitude.
As part of
efforts to rake in more revenue, he announced that the TREE project had so far
deployed three major software in the beneficiary MMDAs.
were being used to collect data, locate property and manage the entire revenue
streams of the Assembly to drastically reduce revenue leakages.
project, according to Mr. Jongkind is at an advanced stage of introducing
e-billing and e-payment which will enable rate payers in MMDAs to use mobile
money to pay their property rates.
Duncan, Regional Minister expressed satisfaction about the progress made by the
TREE project in a year of its implementation in the Region.
particularly impressed with the huge improvement made on the revenue database
of the beneficiary MMDAs and urged them to take advantage of the revenue
management software to enhance their revenue base.
acknowledging the implementing partners and Northland's government, the
Minister, stated that the project tied in with the President’s vision of Ghana
“It is only
when Assemblies learn good practices in revenue mobilisation from the TREE
project and enhance their revenue base that the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ Agenda can
become a reality at the local level.”
In that regard,
he admonished Assemblies to effectively prioritise revenue mobilisation,
declared his support for it and rallied the unalloyed support of all to make it