The Effutu Municipal Assembly on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 hosted four other Assemblies for the commencement of the 2023-2026 composite budget preparation process in the Central Region in line with regulation 17(3) of the Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019, LI 2378.
The hearing was to offer the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) with support from the National Technical working team the opportunity to jointly review the MMDAs revenue and expenditure performance for 2022 and the targets set for 2023-2026. It is to further ensure that the budget allocations reflect the objectives and strategies of government policies and are also in line with the 2023-2026 Budget Preparation guidelines issued by the Ministry of Finance.
The participants from the five Assemblies including the Effutu Municipal Assembly, the Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly, the Awutu Senya District Assembly, Gomoa East and Gomoa West District Assemblies were well represented for the Regional Budget Hearing.
The technical team from the Regional Coordinating Council that led the facilitation and review the various Budgets presented by the five MMDAs included the Chief Director of the Central Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. Kingsley Agyei- Boahene, Regional Internal Auditor, Mr. Waxzy Balukai Mukaila, Regional Social Welfare Director, Madam Monica Siaw as well as a representative from the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Ebo Amoah.
The Municipal Chief Executive for the Effutu Municipal Assembly, Hon Alhaji Zubairu Kassim, in an address noted that the country’s financial laws require for engagements such as Regional Budget hearings to deepen participation and accountability.
He further intimated that the Budget hearings of such nature offer opportunities for accountability for services rendered to the citizenry.
In his opening remarks the Chief Director for the Central Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. Kingsley Agyei – Boahene, said that budget preparations are meant to serve the interest and wellbeing of the citizens and must therefore reflect and address their challenges.
He noted that the essence of the budget hearing was to provide the necessary corrections and technical backstopping for the growth of the various MMDAs. He advised the various MMDAs to commit to using the GIFMIS platform in their financial transactions to prevent sanctions for administrative and financial infractions.
The MMDAs during the presentation of their strategic budget estimates, touched on issues including key achievements, core functions and challenges of their respective Assemblies for the 2022 Financial Year whiles highlighting on the key programs and projects of the Assemblies.
They shared the strategies adopted to shore up their revenue mobilization to enable them realize their revenue targets. They mentioned the use of comprehensive data, improvement in monitoring of the revenue, community engagements to sensitize residents on the need to pay revenue as well as easier and effective means of paying bills in all the zonal councils as some of the strategies and measures put in place to realize the set objectives.
STORY BY: CHARLES BAAH ABOAGYE
ISD- EFFUTU MUNICIPAL ASSEMBY
PUBLISHED BY: MIS
Last modified: November 10, 2022