The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly has issued a 3-month ultimatum to private developers to secure building permits before continuing with their construction projects.
Failure to do so, according to the assembly, will leave it with no option than apply legal sanctions to defaulters.
Addressing Assembly Members and Heads of Departments of the Assembly during the First Ordinary Assembly meeting of the Fourth Session of the Second Assembly, Municipal Chief Executive of Oforikom, Abraham Antwi said the move forms part of the revenue mobilization drive to meet their revenue target this year.
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“The Assembly’s revenue inflows for 2022 fiscal year were below expectation. The total revenue (internally generate funds and other statutory funds) received at the end of the year amounted to 12.7 million Ghana cedis representing 54.8 percent of the revenue target.
“The initiative this year is to embark on a revenue drive centered on building permit. Data would be collated on all properties with or without permits in our municipality. Those without building permits are to be given 3 months ultimatum to procure their permit. The assembly will take legal action against defaulters who fail to acquire the permit within the stipulated period,” he declared.
The MCE also noted, that, going forward, the assembly will partner the Ghana Revenue Authority to handle the collection of property rate using the unified common property rate platform for accountability and transparency purposes.
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“GRA is in the process of recruiting 30 people as collectors purposely for the collection of the property rate”
The assembly members in the municipality have been implored to collaborate with the unit committee members and zonal councils to support the revenue mobilisation drive.
By Ibrahim Abubakar|AkomaFM|Onuaonline.com