ACC advises FCC
The Mayor Freetown City Council (FCC), His Worship Franklyn Bode Gibson has told media practitioners in Freetown during the usual Government weekly press briefing in the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communications that members of the Anti Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone (ACC) advised the administration of the Freetown City Council (FCC) to automate their paying system and that will help in the ease of problems faced by the council.
His Lordship, the Mayor of Freetown City Council revealed that the automated system the Anti Corruption Commission is advising them to use will cut down the difficulties faced by the Council, reduce the printing of tickets for petty traders and the cost of demand note and will make the Council more viable in service delivery.
According to the Mayor, the Freetown City Council is an institution that has 600 workers existing on monthly salaries and other conditions of service and that the cooperation of the public to pay their dues to the council’s legal authorities helps in the smooth running of the council’s laid down plans and activities.
Mayor Gibson disclosed that the FCC exists on various sources of revenue collection including Licenses from shops and business houses, City rates, Cemetery dues, Local Tax, Market dues among others. He maintained that the Local Government Act – 2004 in Section 78 and79 deals with City rates stating the roles of the FCC in collecting these dues.
He further disclosed that traders in some parts of the country like Bo, Kenema and Makeni are helpful enough to the development of this country that they are reported willingly paying their market dues at Le500 and that is helping in the smooth operations of the town councils in that part of the country.
Mayor Bode Gibson calls on everyone in the Freetown Municipality to use the city as a brilliant example in the development of Sierra Leone and cooperate with members of the Freetown City Council that are located in strategic points in the municipality of Freetown.
He assures every Sierra Leonean that the monies collected are monitored, accounted for and directed judiciously for the records of the state as mandated in the Local Government Act 2004.
He thanked all patriotic citizens and encouraged them to sustain their spirit of patriotism for the good of the people of the country.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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