The Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has assured business owners in the municipality of her commitment to facilitate business-friendly and thriving atmosphere. The MCE made this remark when she embarked on her first revenue mobilization drive within the municipality with a team officials.
The move was to help the MCE familiarize herself with the processes of revenue mobilization in the municipality.
She was in the company of the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, Revenue Accountant, Mr. Mac George Apetorgbor, Revenue Superintendent (with the Billing Unit), Emanuel Asamoah and Head of Client Service Unit and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman.
The MCE and her entourage distributed Property Rates to some property and business owners in Haatso and Dome and interacted briefly with some of the management staff of businesses and properties visited.
Some of the business facilities visited include Filling Stations, Banks, Manufacturing Companies and others including the state-of-the-art Funeral Home, Transition, at Haatso, owned by the Enterprise Group of Companies and Vito, a subsidiary of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) specialized in vehicle examination at Dome.
A major challenge identified by the MCE and her team of officials was under-billing of some properties and businesses partly owing to the use of old value-rates and lack of information on ownership and nature of business in the Assembly’s database.
Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, interacting with some business owners, stated that her vision is to ensure the creation of a congenial atmosphere for businesses to thrive in the municipality adding that it can only happen when both parties play their respective roles diligently and promptly.
She therefore appealed to business owners to help the Assembly by paying promptly their bills while providing relevant and accurate information on their businesses to enable the Assembly render them the needed services.
“We are here today to acquaint ourselves with how bills are served on you our clients and to learn about a thing or two of how you operate and the challenges you face. This exercise is not meant to hound and probe your work but to just be abreast with the situation on the ground and devise strategies to help your operations and yield desired results. If your businesses do well, the Assembly will also benefit”, the MCE explained.
Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, MCD, urged the business owners to see the Assembly as their friend and partner and should not hesitate to approach it with your concerns and grievances.
He hinted of periodic organization of meetings with the business community to enhance the relationship between the partners.
“The MCE has just taken office and she deemed it fit to familiarize with the processes involved in revenue generation and for that reason she has come to the field herself to see how things are done. We may once a while invite you (business owners) to meetings with the Hon MCE to discuss how we can work together to promote businesses in the municipality”.
The Accountant at the Transitions Funeral Home, Paul, expressed delight at the visit of the MCE and the Officials and promised to continue to honour their obligations to the Assembly promptly and observe the best environmental, health and safety practices to ensure peaceful coexistence and successful business operation in the municipality.
Mr Kulveer Chauhan, Managing Director (MD) at the Jian Industries Limited, manufacturers of plastics at Dome was surprised yet excited and hopeful about the visit of the MCE to their facility and commended her for such embarking on such an initiative.
“If all Heads of Government institutions will do what you’re doing, Ghana will develop faster. We are very much grateful that you came and we promise to do what is required of us to help develop the municipality together and make gains”, the MD remarked cheerfully.
Bills were distributed to 15 property owners and businesses while some useful information were also gathered to feed into the database of the Assembly.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman