Record high as LGAs collect 97 pc revenues

THE Parliamentary Local Government Affairs Committee has nodded to local authorities after recording 96.5 per cent of targeted revenue collections by last February in this financial year.

“The committee has done analysis and found out that local government authorities recorded huge revenue collections of 96.5 per cent by February 2023. The committee congratulates the councils for these collections,” stated committee’s Chairperson Mr Dennis Londo, when presenting the committee’s report in the National Assembly here yesterday.

The committee’s speech followed the tabling of the 2023/24 budget estimates for the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments-PORALG).

However, Mr Londo was quick to point out that the PORALG and its institutions were below the collection target of 66.6 per cent for the month of February.

“The committee advises the ministry and its institutions to put in place strategies that would enable effective collection of revenues as passed by the Parliament,” the committee noted in the speech.

Meanwhile, the committee further suggested that the government has to closely follow up on the implementation of development projects that were allocated with money to avoid embezzlement of public funds, hence obtaining value for money.

“When it comes to the issue of implementation of development projects in the councils, the committee suggests there should be effective involvement of government departments within the councils in order to enhance efficiency,” he said.

The committee observed that many councils failed to get a green light for implementing strategic projects due to failure to prepare good proposals.

“The committee suggests that despite good intentions of these projects, the set procedures have to be reviewed so that the councils which don’t have experts conversant in proposal writing could also benefit,” he said.

The committee called upon PORALG to help those councils prepare proposals for strategic projects.

Mr Londo told the august House that in strengthening education and healthcare provision in the country at district councils’ level, the government through the PORALG managed to motivate citizens to contribute in the construction of buildings for health centres, dispensaries and schools in their respective areas.

“In its analysis the committee observed that in many places wananchi contributed in setting up buildings for dispensaries and schools,” he said.

However, the committee advised the government to allocate funds for completion of those buildings which are yet to be roofed.

The committee also hailed the government for making huge investments in building healthcare provision infrastructure and purchasing medical equipment, reagents and drugs for hospitals.

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