Municipal Chief Executive of the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly in the Upper East Region, Joseph Amiyuure Atura, says, the assembly’s indebtedness of GHC 818,441.95 has severely constrained it from providing basic services to the populace.
The insolvency of the assembly resulting from low revenue collection and low external funding from government has rendered the assembly unviable to execute its developmental agenda.
Speaking to A1 NEWS at the assembly’s first ordinary meeting, Mr. Amiyuure, said, called for innovative approaches to generate more revenue to fund the assembly’s planned projects.
“Regrettably, over the past years, our revenue generation potentials have not been fully harnessed to meet the ever growing demands for services by our people. We have been able to collect 31.60 percent of the budgeted internal generation fund for the year. Nevertheless, the assembly has been adapting to the situation with measures aimed at minimizing the full impact of the pandemic on the revenue generation efforts.
We have tasked the Rent Control Department to prosecute all stores rent defaulters from 2014 to 2019 in order to retrieve all monies due it. We all must put our hands on deck to support the local revenue mobilization as it is the surest bet to raising revenue to fund our development efforts”.
Mr. Amiyuure, said, government property addressing system and other digital revenue mobilization strategies was aiding revenue collection of the assembly; there was still the need to exploit other revenue mobilization avenues.
He indicated that, the assembly received GHC20, 000.00 from central government to fight COVID-19, of which GHC10, 000.00 was released to the Bolga municipal health directorate and the remaining used to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for government agencies, departments and organized bodies.
Mr. Amiyuure, hinted that, plans were far advanced for the construction of a mechanical enclave at Tindosolgo/Kabeo area for the relocation of all mechanics in the municipality.
Again, the cattle market will also be relocated to Yorogo, where an abattoir has been constructed to process the raw material for consumption.
He further disclosed that, the assembly will constructs compounds for the eight (8) CHPS zones without compounds in the municipality in 2021.
The assembly also received GHC166,000.00 from central government to provide 5-number mechanized boreholes in some markets of the municipality and the Yebongo CHPS.
An amount of GHC20,000.00 has also been released by government to the assembly to prioritize improved hygiene conditions in the markets.