Obuasi Municipal Assembly commended for upholding transparency and accountability

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Admin

Some residents of Obuasi have lauded the efforts of the Obuasi Municipal Assembly in promoting transparency and accountable governance.

Speaking to the media after a town hall meeting held by the Assembly on 28th May, 2024, Mr. Kofi Agyekum a resident of Gausu said the Assembly has consistently held town hall meetings and community durbars to engage residents. This he said provides opportunity for the people to bring forth their grievances in anticipation of direct response from authorities.

Chapter 20, Section 240 (e) of the 1992 constitution and section 40 of the Local Governance Act of Ghana, 2016, Act 936 obligate Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s) to ensure accountability, inclusion and openness in the delivery of services to the people in their local government areas.”

The Obuasi Municipal Assembly has consistently held town hall meetings where issues of the Assembly’s budget and revenue are discussed, progress reports of projects are read as well as details of proposed projects are presented for participants to share their opinions on them.

Obaapain Afia Darkoah Sika mentioned that town hall meetings present welcoming opportunities for duty bearers to render proper accountability for their stewardship. He commended the Municipal Chief Executive for his open-door policy which has given opportunity for residents to assess the work of the Assembly.

IGF shortfalls

At the meeting, the Municipal Budget Analyst Edna Vivian Arkoh revealed that the Assembly was not able to collect the expected Internally Generated Fund due to low proceeds from property rates. She said in the year ending 2023, the Assembly budgeted GH 8,799,324.00 but it was able to collect GH 5,845,685.17 66.43 representing 66.43%.

She said the Assembly has put in place measures to rake in more revenue from property rates. These include establishing revenue pay point at vantage areas to make it easier for people to pay their property rates to the Assembly

Story by: ISD-OMA

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