PAC chairman calls for commission-based revenue collection at MMDAs

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PAC chairman calls for commission-based revenue collection at MMDAs

Dr. James Klutse Avedzi, Chairman of the (PAC) of , has reiterated the committee's recommendation for the government to refrain from employing full-time revenue collectors at Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs). According to Dr. Avedzi, such individuals, when placed on government payrolls, often neglect their duties, knowing they will receive their salaries regardless.

In a statement issued by the Media Relations Department of , Dr. Avedzi advocated for revenue collectors to be contracted on a commission basis, receiving 20% of what they collect. This approach, he argued, would incentivize collectors to work harder and increase revenue collection.

These views were expressed during the PAC Zonal Public Hearing in , where the Auditor-General's Report on the Management and Utilization of District Assemblies Common Fund and Other Statutory Funds for the year ending 31st December 2022 was being considered, along with Pre-University Educational Institutions for the same period.

At the hearing, officers of the Garu District Assembly attributed low revenue collection to factors such as the lack of targets for collectors, ineffective monitoring systems, and the adverse impact of conflicts on commercial activities in the area.

However, officers from the East District Assembly were turned away after failing to attend with their District Chief Executive (DCE), citing illness. The committee suspected this as a deliberate attempt to avoid appearing before them and ordered the officers to return with their DCE later.

Districts such as Municipal, , , East, Kassena Nankana, , and Tempane appeared before the Committee to address issues raised in the Auditor-General's Reports.

The reports also highlighted concerns about the management of schools, including Sandema Senior High Technical School (SHTS), Senior High School (), Zuarungu , and Daffiama SHS.

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