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No Common Fund payment for the past one year – Sorogho

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Amadu Sorogho

The former National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency in the Greater Accra Region has accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of shortchanging the various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

According to him, the government has not made any payments into the Common Fund for the past year.

“To date, we do not know where the money meant for the Common Fund has been deposited by the government,” he alleged.

He said this action on the part of the government through the Finance Minister has rendered the MMDAs useless.

“Many of the Assemblies have not been working because the statutory payments have not been made after the collection of taxes in the country,” he bemoaned.   

He said per the law, the government is obliged to make these payments to the Common Fund after the collection of taxes.

Alhaji Amadu Sorogho stressed that these payments are supposed to be made after every three months but it has not been done for the past year.

Because of this, he noted that many of the Assemblies across the country cannot maintain their roads among others in their various Assemblies.

The former NDC MP who was a former Board Chairman for Ghana National Fire Service made this allegation on the ‘Ghana Yensom’ morning show hosted by Kwame Appiah Kubi on Accra 100.5 FM

He said it is the reason the La-Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly has not been able to maintain the Danfa-Otinibi stretch after its construction in 2008 leading to the sitting MP for Madina Constituency, Francis- Xavier Sosu leading a demonstration in the area over the bad nature of the roads.

He said if the government had been swift in the payments, the Assembly would have been in a better position to do periodic maintenance on some of the poor roads.

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