MMDAS asked to formulate local economic policies to enhance revenue generation

The Central Regional Minister,  Mr Samuel Sarpong,  has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District  Assemblies (MMDAs)  to formulate Local Economic  Development (LED)  interventions to stimulate economic activities to enhance revenue mobilization.

He said this would be the surest way to reduce the dependency on the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) for local development and service delivery.

Mr Sarpong said this at a conference of Coordinating Directors   in the Central, Western and Greater Accra regions held in Elmina on Thursday.

Mr Sarpong said effective utilization of financial resources formed part of the financial management system of the financial administration Act and urged  the coordinating directors  to  play their  roles  as heads of institutions  to help manage  the scarce financial resources.

Mr Sarpong in this regard called for a paradigm shift and new ways of doing things  which focus on achieving results, positive engagement of stakeholders, staff motivation and team work.

Mr Sarpong told them to seek valve for money by   ensuring  timely  and effective management of Projects in their various districts.

Dr Callistus Mahama, the Head of service  of LGSS , told the coordinators  that as bureaucrats  they should give guidance and assistance to their District  Chief Executives (DCE) especially the newly appointed ones instead of playing tricks on them.

He said any district that  failed  the Functional Organizational  Assessment  Tool (FOAT)  would have both the district chief executive and Coordinating director  removed stressing that assemblies that fail  in the  FOAT end up denying  their assembly the resources and development projects.

Source: GNA

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