As part of rigorous measures to shore up revenue, a good number of staff of the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly teamed up with revenue collectors to undertake revenue collection.
The three (3) day exercise which started on Wednesday, 25 January and ended on Friday, 27 January 2023 covered the central business area of the municipality such as; Provision lane, Market car park, K-job, Nikkis, Nkulenu road, Prudential and Masalachi
According to the Municipal Coordinating Director, Madam Abena Kwesiwa Kyei, the exercise was intended to sensitize the traders on the need to pay the toll of Ghc1.00 and to solicit their views on their concerns for the payment of the amount.
Interacting with the traders, they sought to know why the revenue collectors were not able to collect tolls from expatriates popularly known as “Nigeriens” who sell radios, leather wares, medicine and other fancy articles.
When contacted, the collectors dismissed the claim explaining that those expatriates were mobile sellers (hawkers) and so they only collect the tolls as and when they meet them.
The traders also pleaded with the municipal authorities to permit them to sell under erected umbrellas to provide cover against the intense heat of the sun, too much of which could have a toll on their health.
Furthermore, according to them, some people from unknown quarters come around to collect Ghc 4.00 per trader which tend to have a toll on their meagre earnings.
The hawkers therefore pleaded with the Assembly to intervene on their behalf as the behaviour of those unknown persons is running down their businesses.
The Head of Revenue, Madam Flora Baah, at the end of the 3-day exercise said the attitudes of some rate payers need much to be desired, as they often prove very difficult when it comes to payment of the toll.
She also called for intensive public sensitisation on the payment of the daily toll as indications were that some hawkers seemed unaware of the need to honour their tax obligations.
SOURCE: ISD – LaNMMA