Mr Joe Boahen, General Secretary of the Local Government Workers’ Union (LGWU), said this when he met the staff of the assembly on Tuesday to encourage them to find innovative ways in mobilising revenue.
He said mechanisms such as team work, discipline, decency and mutual respect would help to effectively eliminate all forms of lapses in the system and widen the assembly’s revenue net.
This would help maximise its annual income to embark on developmental projects to improve the living conditions of the people, he said.
Mr Boahen said: “It is the principle of the LGWU to continuously engage and collaborate with the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to bring about a new strategy that will bring a desired change.”
He urged the revenue collectors to ensure efficiency in their work.
Mr Boahene appealed to the MMDAs to explore ways of motivating the revenue staff, liaise with the security agencies to deal with recalcitrant traders or defaulters and streamline the issuance of identity cards to collectors.
He assured Mr Akwasi Oppong Fosu, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, of the LGWU’s support for efficient and enhanced service delivery in the MMDAs and revenue generation.
He appealed to the Ministry to review its policy of privatising property rate collection.
Mr Evans Akuoko, Chief Revenue Collector of the Assembly, admitted that there were lapses in the revenue collection and gave the assurance that the assembly would not relent in its efforts to improve the situation and advised traders to co-operate to enhance development.
“People should not see the collection of tolls and rates as a form of punishment since the money collected goes into the construction of roads, markets, schools and the provision of water,” he said.
Mr Akuoko urged residents in the district to be patriotic by paying their property rates to help in developing the area.