Regional govts,local councils warnedagainst sluggish revenuecollection

16May 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Morogoro
The Guardian
Regional govts,local councils warnedagainst sluggish revenuecollection

ADMINISTRATION and Local Government Parliamentary Committee plans to take stern action against local councils and regional governments that will fail to attain 80 per cent of their revenue targets by the end of the current Financial Year.

Abdallah Chaurembo.

 

The panel’s chairman Abdallah Chaurembo made the remarks here at the weekend when receiving Morogoro region’s revenue collection report during the committee visit in the region that inspected various projects implemented by the government through Property and Business Formalisation Programme (PBFP) aka MKURABITA.

Chaurembo impressed upon local councils to increase efforts that would bring about better revenue collection during the remaining one month of the Financial Year.

For his part, Deogratius Ndejembi, Deputy Minister in the President’s Office (Public Service and Good Governance) said in addition to PBFP being established to economically empower the people; it has also been working closely together with the country’s various financial institutions.

He said PBFP is doing a great job even though some of its activities are not easily discernible, explaining how motorcycle drivers in Morogoro Region have benefitted from PBFP activities.

PBFP Chief Executive Officer, Dr Seraphia Mgembe said his institution has been able in expanding various development plans in the country including in Morogoro in collaboration with Morogoro Municipal and District Councils that also involved providing training to the people in regard to business activities.

He also said PBFP has also been able in business ideas as well as strengthening business registration services and licensing for the councils under one roof – ‘one stop centre’ that had been built.

For his part, Morogoro Regional Commissioner Martine Shigela said in regard to revenue collection, the region is 17 per cent short to attain the target and that a strategy has been put in place to supervise officials tasked to collect the shortfall in the remaining period.

“We shall supervise revenue collection and I praise the Housie Panel for its efforts to in endorsing the region’s budget estimates that touches the interests of the residents in the region,” added RC Shigela.

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