By Mbugri Rashid, GNA
Aug. 22, GNA - The East Gonja Municipal Assembly in the Savannah Region has
lauded the Enhancing Participation in Internal Revenue Mobilisation and
Utilisation (EPRM) project for aiding the improvement in the Assembly’s revenue
announced that since the implementation of the project in June 2018, it
successfully met its revenue targets as compared to previous years, leading to
improved service delivery.
Rufai, the East Gonja Municipal Co-ordinating Director, made this known on
Wednesday in Salaga at a stakeholder review forum organised by the Ghana
Developing Communities Association (GDCA), a Non-Governmental Organisation.
The forum was
to share and discuss issues and lessons learnt from the Report on the EPRM
project to climax its period of implementation.
It is a one
year initiative of the GDCA that seeks to strengthen citizens’ participation in
revenue collection and utilisation and to improve on local government transparency,
accountability and performance.
It operates in
six zonal councils in the Municipality namely; Kulaw, Salaga, Kpembe, Makango-Mafaba, Bunjai and Kpariba.
The project is
supported by the STAR Ghana Foundation with funding support from the UK Aid,
Danida and the European Union.
commended the GDCA for supporting the Assembly with various interventions to
help improve on revenue generation.
He said the
implementation of the project was timely, especially when the Assembly was
upgraded to a Municipality.
A number of
interventions and activities like the citizens’ engagement and capacity
building of revenue collectors and CSOs had improved on public awareness on the
need to pay taxes as well as participate in effective revenue generation and
demand accountability from duty bearers.
He said the
Assembly had, at the inception of the project, established a cattle market,
which served as a good source of revenue and facilitated the meeting of its
annual revenue targets on schedule compared to previous years.
Appiah Asabere, the East Gonja Municipal Budget Analyst, said as at 2017, the
Assembly could only generate 70 per cent of the revenue target for its
Internally Generated Funds.
budget target for 2018 was Gh¢ 162,860.00, however, the Municipality was able
to generate Gh¢285,975.97, thereby exceeding the revenue target with an
encouraging margin, he said.
Antaru, a trader in Salaga, said she had been educated on the importance of
paying her tax through the project and empowered to access information on the
Assembly’s revenue generation to ensure improved service delivery.
Phillip, the EPRM Project Coordinator, said the GDCA, through its EPRM project,
came into being as result of a joint collaboration between the Assembly,
traditional authorities and the citizenry to help focus on the development of
This was done
by giving priority to the effective generation and mobilisation of internal
revenue and other resources to improve on the people’s livelihoods.
urged the Assembly to continue to adopt prudent measures to help sustain the
gains made to promote sustainable development of the Municipality.