Governance

ASTON Project: KMA Holds Forum…Enlightens Atasemanso Residents

Story by Enock Akonnor enockakonnor2013@gmail.com

Officials of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly on Wednesday 8th June 2022 held a forum on a digitized means they have adopted for the collection of revenue.

The initiative forms part of the African Smart Town Network Project (ASTON) of the AFD and KMA’s version is presently executed on pilot basis within the Nhyiaeso Sub-Metro.

KMA falls among 12 cities selected for the implementation of ASTON; a project which has targeted using digitized means in Internally Generated Revenue Management.

Residents, traders, transport operators, traditional and religious leaders etc of the area were engaged at the event.

It was held at Atasemanso and the objectives were to showcase and explain the project to them, give account of what has been done, discuss with stakeholder the current methods of revenue collection and reporting and seek ideas and support from stakeholders for better implementation.

City Mayor Hon Sam Pyne announced at the forum that the city has gone through a series of processes and has come to the point where “we are to complete the final stages of the ASTON Experimentation phase, which is being undertaking in the Nhyiase Sub-Metro.”

Of all the 12 cities, Kumasi according to the Mayor is the first to get to the completion phase.

Some of the activities executed at Nhyiaeso under the project are;

  • Proper demarcation of revenue collection zones
  • Proper valuation of properties
  • Correct identification and classification of businesses
  • Capacity building for revenue collectors and field officers etc.

During the engagement, a platform was given for participants to share some challenges they are facing in relation to revenue collection in the area.

Some were identified as un-receipted payments and collection of levies at the time (early hours of the morning) when traders have not made enough sales.

Aside above, they noted a hard pressing challenge which was poor drainage system which causes flood whenever there is a heavy downpour.

Queen for Atasemanso Nana Afia Konadu at the even appealed to the Mayor to offer the needed help to address it.

Source; www.leakynews.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

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