The financial standing of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), which used to generate huge revenue a couple of years ago, is incredibly bad.
In order to get itself some financial clutches, TMA had attempted, several times, to trespass its revenue collection boundaries but had had to retreat.
After stiff opposition from the Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) that stayed TMA away from ‘stealing’ revenue from businesses in its area of operation, the latter changed its bearing to Tema West, because it was an infant assembly.
However, the once upon a time infant assembly has developed sharp teeth, after appointing a substantive Chief Executive, thus, making Tema West Assembly independent of TMA.
In order to generate more revenue, after its attempt to ‘colonise’ KKMA and Tema West Assembly became a fiasco, the TMA engaged the services of a revenue mobilisation company in 2018 to assist it rake in its needed revenue.
And according to Awake News’ source at the TMA, the said company paid the Assembly what it deemed fit to its employer (TMA).
For example, in October and November 2018, the company allegedly paid only GHc120,000 to the TMA, after it had collected GHc200,000 as property rate.
The poor data of the internally generated fund (IGF) of the Assembly has placed it only one above the last poorest revenue collection assembly on the performance league table of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana.
Strenuous efforts by Awake News to reach Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La on his mobile phone on the subject was unsuccessful, as his MTN line had been at the switched off.
The Public Relations Officer of the Assembly, Frank Asante, had declined any comment on the matter.
Story by Umar Sheriff / AwakeNewsOnline.com