AMA Surpasses Revenue Target By 11%

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has exceeded its target by an11 per cent margin, its Chief Executive, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, has announced.

The Assembly at the end of December 2015 had generated an amount of GH¢ 35,800,000 as against the previous year’s GH¢ 32,145,749.12

Dr Vanderpuije commended the staff and the assembly members for the good work done during the period, and urged them on to work hard to sustain the Assembly’s remarkable performance in revenue collection. He was speaking at the Assembly’s first session in 2016.

Dr. Vanderpuije urged them to be guided by the principle of perseverance and the sense of purpose in this New Year.

The AMA boss urged suppliers and contractors to register with the AMA for their companies to be hooked on the Ghana Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) database for easy preparation and payments of their bills.

Dr Vanderpuije also called on the assembly members to educate their electorate on the importance of the payment of rates to help generate more funds to transform the city.

He said the Assembly with the support from the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID), the World Bank and the Chinese Embassy initiated a number of projects including the construction of the Millennium City Schools with science laboratories, an Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre and library to boost the academic excellence of school children in the metropolis.

Dr Vanderpuije said “we are taking steps to ensure that those rearing animals confined them to stop them from straying and defecating on the streets; and animals whose owners could not be traced would be auctioned whilst identified owners would be fined.

In the sewage management sector, Dr Vanderpuije conceded that there were many challenges, but said sewage treatment plant at the cost of 15 million dollars has been constructed to ensure that households, schools and other institutions disposed their liquid waste as expected.

Dr Vanderpuije said the Assembly had prosecuted about 1,032 cases of sanitation offenders and realized GH¢ 139,568 which was paid into the consolidated fund.