At the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, the Kumasi Mayor, Hon. Samuel Pyne, gave 70 pieces of internet-connected point-of-sale equipment to revenue officers and collectors.
The Mayor emphasized that using the equipment would improve revenue collection and mobilization at the Assembly.
In a statement to the media, Hon. Pyne stated that the purpose of the distribution of PoS devices was to do rid of some human defects in revenue collection, such as undercutting, underwriting, thefts, and underdeclaration of money.
“In tackling the challenges in revenue generation and mobilisation at the Assembly, we sought for support from some of our development partners and we have been able to do a database of almost all businesses and properties in Kumasi and so we needed to procure devices for our revenue officers that would also eliminate human shortcomings so that we can collect, print and issue receipts and also record same at our data room”, Mr Pyne said.
The Mayor asked the personnel to be diligent in their work when presenting the devices to the revenue officers at the Assembly, including those at the Subin, Nhyiaeso, Bantama, and Manhyia North and South sub-metros.
He issued a warning, saying that anyone found engaging in any behavior that would defraud the Assembly will be dismissed for the crimes committed.
The Mayor emphasized that they had their job cut out for them in order to collect the money owed to the Assembly and issue receipts to that effect.
“The KMA is committed to collecting all revenue due it and so as officers your work is to go and collect the revenue and issue receipts to people keeping in mind that anything you do contrary to this would be met with ruthless sanctions including dismissal”, the Mayor cautioned.
Following a public demonstration by the technical team on how to use the PoS Devices, the KMA’s presiding member, honorable Patrick Kwame Frimpong, urged the revenue officers to work hard and help the Assembly increase its revenue so that it may use it for the many projects it plans to undertake.
He warned them against engaging in illegal activities that could lead to their arrest and prosecution.
Revenue collectors and officers were informed of the fragile nature of the PoS devices by Assembly Member for the Fankyenebra Electoral District, Hon. James Nana Prempeh.
He warned that anyone found to have purposefully done anything to cause the device to malfunction would face harsh punishment.
Mr. Abbam Adjei, Metropolitan Director of Finance, revealed that the system has been fixed to record payments while giving the media a tour of the KMA’s specifically constructed data room.
He pointed out that as soon as a payment is completed, the system issues a directive for the receipts to be printed right away and recorded in the database.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Michael Ofosu-Afriyie