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KMA to Introduce 'Flee Market’ Project

Efforts are underway by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to introduce a new market system to provide options for shoppers in the city.

Officials say the project, dubbed ‘Flee Market’, will include evening and weekend markets away from the Central Business District as part of measures to decongest the city.

Public Relations Officer, Jemima Nancy Asare says the project will be funded by proceeds from fines for breach of the assembly’s bye-laws on hawking.

Meanwhile, a special revenue mobilization taskforce at the KMA has raked in over 150 thousand Ghana Cedis within the first month of its operations.

Officials say the new approach could help generate an additional 300 thousand Ghana cedis by end of this month.

The revenue drive is a major boost to the assembly’s quest to settle its indebtedness to a number of contractors who provided services over the years.

The Assembly instituted the revenue mobilization taskforce as part of strategies to expand its revenue base. A target of over 10.3 million Ghana Cedis has been set as the assembly’s internally generated Fund for the current financial year.

Chairman of the revenue mobilization sub-committee, Moses Kyei, is optimistic the revenue base could triple with the effective implementation of the Business Operating Permit innovation.

He says operational challenges of the taskforce have been detailed in a report to be submitted to the Metro Chief Executive. Mr. Kyei, who heads the taskforce, says results are being achieved due to the application of professionalism and increased education in mobilization.

He emphasized dialogue between the assembly and business groups in the process of fee-fixing.

Mr. Kyei spoke to Luv Fm’s Kofi Adu Domfeh at a follow-up meeting on an advocacy for the payment of operational duty allowance from the assembly’s internally generated funds.

The Foundation for Female Photojournalists, an NGO is facilitating engagements between assembly members and administrators at the KMA on better remuneration for assembly members.

The assembly has proposed five percent of exceeded revenue be paid to the assembly members.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh