Out of the 26 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the northern region, only three districts were able to meet their expected revenue target.
The MMDAs collected only 58.66 percent of expected total revenue as at September 2014. Only North Gonja, West Mamprusi and Bole districts exceeded their targets.
Districts such as Tolon, East Gonja, Mamprugu/Muaduri and Savelugu/Nanton municipal assemblies generated less than 30 percent of expected revenue.
Addressing the MMDAs and some selected heads of departments in the region, northern regional minister Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna described it as unacceptable and urged the failed assemblies to sit up in their revenue mobilization effort.
To address the problem, Alhaji Limuna suggested that the assemblies adopt new strategies to deal with the situation.
He urged the assemblies in the region to engage private entities with proven record of integrity, trust and good results to enhance their revenue generation.
He said, there is the need for MMDAs to challenge themselves by looking beyond traditional sources of generating resources and engaging in projects that will generate revenue.
He reminded MMDAs on the promotion of sanitation by enforcing bye-laws in punishing offenders. He said as a government, they are focusing on education, health, agriculture and the provision of infrastructure. He, therefore, urged MMDAs to give attention to these areas for the progress of more development in the region.
On the administrative capacity of the MMDAs in the region, Alhaji Limuna appealed to them to make themselves available to the media before they find themselves wanting. ’’There is one thing I realized; most of you are difficult to reach than those of us who are ministers,’’ Alhaji Limuna told MMDAs. He continued; we are put in those positions to serve the people and not to lord over them, he appealed. He called on politicians in the region to work together for the development of the region.