The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has began a massive revenue collection drive to retrieve debts owed by businesses in the Accra Metropolis. Briefing the media before the exercise, the mayor of Accra, Elizabeth Sackey warned the staff and revenue collectors against enriching themselves during the process, but rather exercise a high sense of responsibility. He said, the Herculean task of the Assembly, in ensuring that Accra befits a modern capital city, revolves around funds, and the refusal or non-payment of rent fees would not auger well for the assembly. She disclosed that since the beginning the year, most businesses had not paid their business operating fee, adding that most of these funds goes into sanitation and waste management. Explaining, the Mayor said the Assembly spent a chunk of its revenue on revenue collection, yet the assembly was still grabbling with keeping the city clean. Hon. Elizabeth Sackey said the assembly again has the headache of providing good roads, schools and staff development. He said every step the assembly takes spins around funds, and “If these companies and shops continue to default in payment of their rent fees, how will the assembly work?” As to how the fee fixing is done, Mrs. Lydia Sackey, Budget Officer of AMA, noted that it was done with the collaboration of stakeholders and the various trade associations in the metropolis. *OHENE KOJO ALIDJAH* CTV

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