As part of the implementation of the EU-funded Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP) by the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) and its partners, the Assembly has been embarking on measures to improve its revenue collection mechanisms for the convenience of its clients.
These measures are intended to improve the collection process, that is, minimize the human contacts, reduce the loopholes and ultimately promote transparency and accountability on the Assembly’s Internally Generated Funds.
In view of this, the Assembly on Monday began a sensitization drive to increase awareness and encourage clients to use the Assembly’s Digital Channels (USSD) for payments due to the Assembly.
Speaking to stakeholders, Mr John Laste the Public Relations Officer of the STMA said with this new payment system the assembly should be able to increase its revenue generation and seal all loopholes.
He said, “How do we solve or make sure we prevent those leakages is what the project is bringing on board and one that we are doing is pushing the assembly is to make sure that, we get as many as possible ratepayers to use the digital platform because, the digital platform, it hits the system direct.
You don’t hand over the money to an individual and the person will say I will not report, I believe we are all witnesses to what has happened to electricity and Ghana water, even though they can still do better, if you look at the quantum of the increase in their revenue, we believe that, if you get the people to accept or use our digital platforms, it will help us very well.
Mr. Fred Nyantakyi Senior Budget Analyst STMA, also took stakeholders through the assembly’s digital channels which are 422500# and 2222115# while stating that one of its benefits is its accessibility.