Ms. Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema West, called on residents to pay their land rates to raise enough money to fund projects and recurrent expenses.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema, she said that Ghanaians should be responsible for paying their land rates, building permits and operating permits, to be able to help the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to mobilize funds to engage in a development project.
Ms Addo, who was a former banker at Prudential Bank, said revenue generated from land rate and building permits was collected annually as part of the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for the development of social amenities, local services and infrastructure at the local level. level.
Ms Addo said Tema West Municipality could not continue to depend on the District Assembly Common Fund for its activities, adding that “our hope of becoming one of the best municipalities depends largely on the amount of revenue internals that we can generate”.
MCE explained that Tema West Municipality has undertaken several initiatives to improve education and security to ensure the overall development of the municipality since taking office in October 2021.
She pointed out that under her administration, the Assembly had completed two-storey classroom blocks at Adjei Kojo TWMA Base School and Star Base School in Community Five, respectively, adding that the post Kanewu police station had been completed and handed over to the municipal police commander.
“I want to raise revenue that can be used for improving health, education and sanitation for Tema West,” she said.
Ms Addo voiced the concerns of defaulters, who are unaware of the legal requirements to pay their property rate, stressing that this is a challenge the Assembly is trying to overcome.
She said the Assembly had created a digitized process to keep records of every accrued income.
She pleaded with the media to help educate citizens on the importance of paying property tax.