Hajia Alima inaugurates Tamale Metropolitan Assembly

By
Eric K. Amoh, GNA

Tamale, Jan. 24, GNA
– The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama,
has charged members of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TaMA) to make Revenue
mobilisation cardinal in its deliberations and widen the revenue net through prudent
decisions.

She further charged
the Assembly to consider critical local level structural developments and
introduce stringent measures to halt all unauthorised developments sited in
areas proned to natural disasters and posing risks to residents.

The Minister charged
the Assembly Members when she inaugurated them to administer the works of the
Assembly for the next four years.

The Assembly, which
had 41 elected members, 18 government appointees and two Members of Parliament
and the Chief Executive Officer as ex-officio members, runs a 62-member
Assembly.

There is huge task
ahead of the Assembly to mobilise revenue, considering the enormous revenue
generation challenges confronting it, having battled revenue collections last
year to get the business community to pay rates.

Hajia Mahama advised
the Assembly to explore more avenues for revenue generation to offer employable
opportunities to the teeming unemployed youth in the Metropolis. “To this end,
I invite you to take advantage of automation and other innovative systems
developed by the Ministry to improve your IGF. This can be achieved if street
naming and property addressing is pursued rigorously.”

She directed the
Assembly to work closely with the Land Valuation Division of the Lands
Commission to have ratable property in their jurisdiction and devise special
client sensitive approaches to mobilise the rates devoid of challenges to the
revenue payer. “As you grow your IGF, it should be possible to increase
allowances paid to members”, she added.

She conceded that
one major challenge confronting Assemblies was the unplanned, haphazard
development. “Slums being developed in marshy areas, and houses built on
waterways, have become phenomenal with serious implications to national
development and public safety”.

She encouraged the
Assembly members to be innovative and work with the various town and country
planning bodies to streamline the unauthorized siting of structures. “As you
are sworn in today, work with your Assembly to ensure compliance with the building
rules and regulations on the zoning and development of lands” she added.

She referred the
Assembly members to section of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936), which
enjoins the Assembly to manage and improve on human settlements and the environment,
and charged the Assembly to enforce its by-laws on sanitation and the
management of the environment to prevent environmental related hazards.

The Local Government
Minister urged the Assembly to work in a diversified and commercially oriented
agriculture sector with strong linkages to industry and market, to generate
employment to address rural poverty in the area.

She encouraged the
Assembly Members to actively participate in the deliberations of the house and
contribute positively to enhance the welfare of residents in the Metropolis.

The elected and
appointed Assembly Members of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly were sworn in by
Mr Justice Osei Kwame Gyemfi, a high court judge in Tamale, after administering
them to the oaths of office, secrecy and allegiance.

GNA

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