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Revenue collectors asked to build good relationship with tax payers

By Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Juaso (Ash), Oct. 18, 2018 (GNA) – Mr. Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asante-Akim South, has implored revenue collectors of the Assembly to establish a good working relationship with tax payers in that Municipality.

He also urged them to be polite, courteous and professional when dealing with clients to encourage voluntary payment of tolls, rates and fees required to finance programmes and projects of the Assembly.

The MCE who was addressing a capacity building workshop for revenue collectors of the assembly at Juaso, said being rude to such key stakeholders could be counterproductive to their work.

The workshop formed part of the Assembly’s strategic revenue mobilisation drive aimed at improving its revenue generation.

Participants were taken through topics such as sources of revenue, effective revenue mobilisation, best practices in revenue mobilisation, stakeholders in revenue mobilisation and importance of revenue to Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

Mr Frimpong said the elevation of the Assembly to a municipal status required more resources to execute projects and charged the collectors to work extra hard to meet financial commitments.

He underlined the need for the collectors to educate tax payers on how their taxes were used to fund various social amenities for their own benefit and praised the collectors for their dedication over the years but urged them to re-double their efforts to rake in more revenue.

Mrs. Louisa Benon, the Municipal Coordinating Director said Internally Generated Fund was the Assembly’s lifeblood and called on stakeholders to support the revenue mobilisation drive.

She entreated the collectors to work hard to achieve their targets to ensure the Assembly was well positioned to deliver on its mandate.