The Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) public hearing on the 2022 composite budget for Metropolitan, Municipal, District Assemblies (MMDAs) has taken place in Accra with a call on the Assemblies to desist from piling a tall list of activities in their outlooks for the following year.
MMDAs in Greater Accra were Cluster into ten (10) zones with Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) hosting zone three (3) which comprise of Assemblies i.e. Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly and Ayawaso North and East Municipalities respectively.
Mr. Ebo Amoah who led the Finance Ministry's technical team said he was impressed with the way the Assemblies followed the guidelines and procedures provided to them and was hopeful they will go back and do the necessary corrections that need to be done.
He cautioned them to desist from earmarking many projects that they would need to accomplish in a single year. He asked them to complete with an existing project before they enroll a new one.
In his welcome address, the host Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Nii Adjei Tawiah of the Korle Klottey Municipality described the occasion as an annual ritual that affords them the opportunity to pause and take stock of their gains, examine their challenges and to take necessary steps to prioritize their needs so as to maximize the use of limited resources.
Hon. Nii Adjei Tawiah was privileged that KoKMA was able to play host to its two sister Assemblies to the hearing, which is the second of its kind in the 2020-2025 Greater Accra Regional Public Budget Hearing.
The Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly’s political head was hopeful the exercise would yield the anticipated results which among other things has to do with their achievements and challenges over the year under review and what they as MMDAs intend doing in the year 2022.
The exercise, according to Hon. Nii Adjei Tawiah will afford them the opportunity to compare notes and receive guidance from the technical teams from the Ministries of Finance and the Local Government respectively in terms of ensuring that their budgets and activities conform to the national guidelines and development agenda of the government.
All the three Assemblies mentioned sanitation and waste disposal as well as property rates as their key challenges in the discharge of their duties.
The Korle Klottey Assembly has plans in place to start taking property rates from all public institutions such as the Ministries starting from next year.
The MCE warned that failure by the Ministries and other public institutions to comply with the new directives by the Assembly will result in them taken court actions against the defaulters.