Revenue collectors at Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly have received a day’s training on how to effectively mobilize revenue so as to heighten the financial inflows of the assembly.
The training was organized and facilitated by bureaucrats of the European Union Funded Project; No Business As Usual (NBU) in conjunction with executives of Tax Revenue for Economic Enhancement (TREE) Project.
It was aimed at solving difficulties identified by the duo in revenue mobilization. The training was held on Thursday 18th February, 2021 at the hub of the project.
At the event, Hamzah Bawah Mahama, an executive for TREE Project tutored participants on the local governance ACT which spells out the legal sources of revenue for MMDAs, revenue collection function of assemblies, strategies for mobilizing IGF, challenges faced by MMDAs in mobilizing IGF, the local governance system among others.
Through his presentation, participants were equipped with 14 solid tips vis-à-vis strategies for effective IGF mobilization including; the use of mobile task force, sensitization of the public on IGF collection through radio advertisement, engagement of IGF collection agency to support permanent staff, registration of business entities, intensification of supervision and monitoring of revenue collection, training and incentivisation of revenue collectors, provision of adequate logistics for revenue mobilization.
Others were; the use of commission targets for revenue collectors, use of security barriers for IGF collection, use of both permanent and casual revenue collectors, compilation of revenue register, rotation of revenue collectors.
Addressing the media, Hamzah Bawah underlined political interference as one of the key factors hampering the smooth generation of revenue for most assemblies.
“More especially during political seasons, the will to collect revenue from the district is always a challenge because people generally do not like paying taxes and so they will use it as an opportunity to put pressure on politicians by saying that ones you are asking us to pay then we won’t vote for you. And because they (politicians) also need the votes, they will relax. So that has always been the challenge”.
According to Bawah, “what authorities at the various Assemblies need to do is to ensure that there is proper sensitization and education so that people will understand why they must pay. They are not paying it to the Chief Executive Officer. The money is not going to the Chief Executive. It is meant for development and if I sit back and I say I’m not going to pay and development is not coming to me, how then do I complain that the assembly is not doing enough. So it’s a two way affair. We have to pay. Be it political season or off season we have to pay.”