POLITICS: "Kayayei Have Been Exempted From Paying Market Tolls" - Local Government Minister
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama has hinted that head porters popularly known as 'Kayayei' have been exempted from paying tolls at the various markets across the country.
According to her, the move forms part of the manifesto performance which has been achieved by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) since 2017 till date.
Addressing Journalists at a Meet-The-Press series in Accra, the Minister said “Work with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to exempt Kayayei from payment of market tolls. Kayayei have been exempted from payment of market tolls””
Speaking on decentralizing and equipping land valuation board, she noted her Ministry has been providing direct technical support on the property valuation to MMDAs for enhanced revenue mobilization.
She said “In collaboration with GIZ, the first phase is being implemented across 49 districts, valuation of properties, data collection on ownership and ratable properties”
Touching on consolidation of all existing National Sanitation Policies and plans, Hajia Alima Mahama hinted that the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources have developed a National Sanitation Policy.
Praising her Ministry, the Minister also revealed that the Local Government Ministry has carried out civil and vital registration of residents in Ghana.
“Births registration coverage has increased from 63% in 2016 to 80.4% in 2019. Deaths registration coverage stands at 17% in 2019” she said.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development also explained that under the NPP’s manifesto performance, her Ministry has sort to implement the 3% increase in District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) disbursement to Persons With Disabilities (PWD).
She hinted although it was announced in 2012, it remained unimplemented and ensure that portion of the DACF meant for the PWDs were disbursed through the decentralized districts and regional offices of the National Council on Person’s with Disability (NCPD).
She said “The DACF allocation for the PWDs increased from 2% to 3% and was disbursed at the District Level”
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith