It has come to light that IGF collected by the 15 Assemblies amounted to GH¢5,369,095.52
representing 78.71% of the total budgeted revenue of GH¢6,821,128.02 for the year 2021.
The 78.71 percent collection rate in 2021 is a drop from the 2020 collection rate where the assemblies collected GH¢5,398,569.18 out of a budgeted amount of GH¢5,583,231.29 representing 96.7 percent.
This is according to the Report of the Auditor-General on the Accounts of District Assemblies for the financial year ended 31 December 2021.
In the report, the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly was cited for failing to collect rent from 116 stores owned by the Assembly. The rent owed amounted to Ghc105,250.00.
It is for this reason that Jonathan Salifu Abdallah, a member of the NDC’s regional communication team has chided the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly for failing to collect enough revenues to support the development of the area.
“I have always said I do not know why Bolgatanga Municipal should be poor. Look at the amount of money we generate as IGF, it is just unfortunate. We should not rely on Common Fund. What is Common Fund for a big place like Bolgatanga Municipality?”
“You can’t finish counting the houses in Ghana. You can’t finish counting the filling stations in Bolga. Every corner now, there is a bank; either a commercial or a rural bank. There are business centres, left, right and centre,” he said.
Mr. Abdallah charged the MCE, Rex Asanga to come up with ingenious ways of generating revenues to support the development of the municipality.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana