Joseph Adongo, the MCE for the Kassena Nankana Municipality (KNM) has admitted that the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) generated by the Assembly is woefully inadequate. To this end, the Assembly under his leadership has devised new strategies to ensure that the Assembly raises a minimum of Ghc2 million a year.
Currently, the KNM is raising about Ghc400,000 per year as IGF.
This came to light when the MCE for KNM, Joseph Adongo spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Friday, April 22, 2022.
Mr. Adongo in the conversation with Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith, host of the Day Break Upper East Show admitted that there are very huge limitations in the collection and mobilization of the IGF.
“Per annum, I think we should be getting up to Ghc400,000 but there are a lot of issues that are coming up. We have come, and we think that we have to strategize and increase our income generation. We realised that we have government bungalows with workers staying there. It has become a norm that people are there; because it is for the government, they do not pay and when they are moving, they bring in a friend or family member. We were queried on that. We had to do an audit and we realised that even people who are on pension are staying there and they are not paying anything. We are pursuing them and people are now paying”.
“The other thing is that people have a particular place that they pick money and they become used to the people and they can do a lot of things. So we reshuffled them,” he said.
Additionally, the Assembly has contracted revenue collectors to generate revenues from properties with the Kassena Nankana Municipality.
Mr Adongo shared in the thoughts of the MCE for Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga who suggested that the Bolgatanga Municipality could raise in excess of Ghc2 million per annum.
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“With the records that we have, I think that Rex Asanga has even given a lower figure as compared to what we can do. We can get that figure if we are able to go by the information we have and we are able to go around and do everything that is needed, we should have that figure; Ghc2 million”.
“But how do you get it is what is the problem. We think it is a gradual process,” he said.
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