The Member of Parliament for Wassa Amenfi East, Nicholas Amankwah popularly known as Home Boy has urged Assembly Members of the constituency to put aside any differences they may have and collaborate to accelerate the socio-economic development of Amenfi East.
Speaking at the Municipal Assembly meeting which was chaired by the Presiding Member, Hon. Ohemeng Kwasi Hayford, the lawmaker indicated that, irrespective of each other’s political affiliation, the ultimate aim should be to achieve the greater purpose of living satisfaction for all citizens.
Describing the role of the Assembly Members as crucial, the lawmaker said the Local Government Act spelt out their duties as including maintaining close contact with their electoral areas, as well as collating the views of the people to the Assemblies.
To him, Assembly Members should consider themselves as representatives from their electoral areas and agents for development and sustainability.
He assured of his support for any development projects, indicating that projects are underway to boost both infrastructure and human capital in the municipality.
The lawmaker admonished the Assembly Members to be active participants in revenue mobilisation generation and community action planning programmes and activities.
“Let’s all come together and be partners of development, revenue oriented Assembly Members and work assiduously towards attaining all the goals and recommendations set” he said.
This, according to him, will enable them to be conversant with how funds are generated and used for the development of their communities, to empower the citizenry to also be interested in sources of revenue, causes for low revenue and roles of stakeholders in revenue mobilisation.
He listed the sources of revenue as inter-governmental transfers, internally generated fund, and specialized transfers such as timber royalties, stool lands revenue, and mineral royalties.
He touched on importance of revenue in service delivery, sources of revenue, causes of low revenue mobilisation and roles of stakeholders in revenue mobilisation, among other issues and explained roles of the citizenry in revenue mobilisation and MMDAs in optimising revenue generation and strategies for mobilisation.
The MP further acknowledged the Assembly Members for being the force of positive change and the conduit of all success of the Municipal Assembly.
He urged the municipal assembly to strengthen the tax force of the assemblies starting in the month of July this year with better equipment and uniforms to help in their line of duty.