The District Chief Executive for Nkwanta South in the Volta region Hon. Elder John Thasun has declared that from January 2018, the district will intensify raids to swoop down on business owners and will not be lenient towards tax defaulters.
Addressing Nananom, and assembly members during the 3rd ordinary meeting of the Nkwanta south, Mr. John Thasun vow that as the precursor to what to expect in the coming years, a team of officers and the police carried out a swoop to lock Vodafone and MTN offices last Monday.
“These two big companies, Vodafone and MTN, have never paid any tax to the assembly since they started doing business and this is unfair to the poor market woman whom revenue collectors pursue on daily basis to collect tax from he lamented.”
We will continue this exercise with the support of the police to rid of all tax defaulters in the coming year which we should all do our parts for the speedy development of the Municipality.
The DCE, however, noted that it is worthy of note that the fees and rates have been a general upward review in consonance with the current economic trends and in consultation with the relevant stakeholders and duly guided by the new fee fixing guideline issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development recently.
The review was necessary due to the following reasons:
(i).Most revenue items had not been reviewed for the past years.
(2). Comparison with the Fee fixing Resolution of sister Assemblies revealed that some of our fees were ridiculously low.
It must be noted, however, that the review of the fee fixing resolution for 2018 was made in consultation the relevant stakeholders.
Mr. John Thasun also disclosed that the Ghana Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) is in and the district was declared ‘Go-Live’ last week Wednesday.
This means that all financial transactions henceforth is expected to be processed electronically on the GIFMIS platform.
The GIFMIS is aimed at deepening fiscal decentralization, enhance prudent financial management of efficiency in the utilization of public funds.
But he,however, addressed that the major challenge with the implementation of the GIFMIS is poor network connectivity which is making transaction processing a bit slack and also added that government is bent on ridding the country of financial malfeasance and corruption which had been a dent on our development efforts over the past years hence the introduction of the GIFMIS.
By: Obrempong Ba K. Owusu