By Cecil Mensah
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ketu South Municipal Assembly (KSMA) in the Volta Region, Mr Pascal Lamptey, has hinted that the Assembly would embark on a massive revenue generation exercise next year.
According to the MCE, beginning next the Assembly will roll out concrete procedures and measures to register all properties in the municipality to enable owners pay property rates to support the developmental agenda of the Assembly.
He said, the situation where the payment of property rates was left for the few big companies like Diamond cements would be a thing of the past.
He maintained that come next year all households in the municipality, would be made to pay property rates to enable the Assembly invest in some of it dormant projects that have been begging for completion in the area.
The MCE gave this hint, when he interacted with some media personnel at his residence in Aflao on the way forward for the development of the Assembly after it jumped hurdle of the internally party bickering at the election of the MCE.
He said, the Assembly would not relent to pursue this agenda, because it is the only way the Assembly can break even and ensure development as part of the “Better Ghana Agenda” of the President John Mahama.
He was hopeful that the Assembly will be able to generate huge sums of money, if the members of the over the ten thousand households are educated to support the Assembly by paying their property rates.
He continued that the Assembly has an untapped ‘gold mine’ that can turn the fortunes of the Assembly around in less than two years.
He reiterated that even though this exercise might be new to the indigenes of the area, the Assembly was determined to educate them on the need to pay their property rates to enable the Assembly attend to their calls any time they are in need.
Mr Lamptey, who was a teacher of Social Studies at Amazing Love Schools, said his goal is to bring discipline into the Assembly by virtue o being a teacher would be brought to bear on the activities of Assembly.
He concluded that if the Assembly through its educational campaign, would be able to convince the indigenes and business owners in the area to pay as little as fifty Ghana Pesewa a month, the Assembly would be in a better position to address the development challenges of the people.