GH¢16m of 258 MMDAs’ GH¢1.89bn revenue went down the drain in 2019

All the 258 District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies in Ghana made GH¢1,896,125,539.57 in revenue but cash irregularities amounting to GH¢16,085,998.24 were recorded, the 2019 report of the Auditor-General has revealed.

The irregularities comprised “misappropriation of funds, unrecovered advance/rent, uncollected revenue and unsubstantiated payments”.

The total income received by the 258 Assemblies in 2019 was GH¢1,896,125,539.57. This was made up of their internally generated funds (IGF), quarterly allocations of the District Assemblies Common Fund, Government salary grant and support from Ghana’s Development Partners (DP).

The Metropolitan Assemblies received the highest total income mainly from IGF, external grants and credits exclusive to Metro Assemblies. 

The highest income were received by Accra GH¢45,150,199.33, Kumasi GH¢44,402,308.44, Tema GH¢35,390,234.44 and Sekondi Takoradi GH¢23,476,348.40 Metropolitan Assemblies.

The 258 Assemblies collected a total IGF of GH¢388,149,602.60 during the year.
 Kumasi Metropolitan and Tema Metropolitan Assemblies collected the highest IGF of GH¢24,683,840.45 and GH¢23,292,321.49 respectively. The least performing Assembly was Yunyo Nansua District (GH¢13,751.00). The sources of IGF were from property rates, fees, licences, royalties and other miscellaneous for recurrent expenditure.

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