Govt could rake in Ghc3bn through enforcement of bylaws- ADI survey reveals

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A recent survey undertaken by the Alliance for Development and Industrialization, (ADI), depicts that the government could rake in close to GHC3billion if the indiscipline regulations and bylaws are enforced by the respective authorities in the country.

The survey which was conducted throughout some 10 regional capitals of the country shows 67 percent of the respondents opined that drivers who wrongfully park and pick passengers should be arraigned before the law court together with the passengers who board the vehicle at unauthorized spot.

The regions that the survey was conducted include the Greater Accra, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Ashanti, Bono East and West among others.

According to the survey, 72 percent of the respondents also concluded that drivers who normally use the shoulders of the road due to heavy vehicular traffic should be arrested and charged instantly.

Additionally, 58 percent of the respondents say drivers who violate road traffic regulations (that is jumping the traffic lights) should instantly be put before the law court and charged.

It is instructive to note that 61 percent of the respondents were of the view that unauthorized vehicles that use the siren illegally should also be arrested and fine instantly.

The ADI has also recommended that the government should enforce the sanitation bylaws as well as strengthening the sanitation courts throughout the country. The government should establish a task force that would go round to arrest citizenry who uses the gutters indiscriminately as their refuse dump and charge them instantly.

According to the report the government should not focus on the Ghana Revenue Authority as the only institution for revenue generation. Law enforcement could be another source of revenue generation for the government.

To this end, ADI has asked the government to look beyond GRA for revenue generation for the country. The only way to achieve this is to outsource the revenue collection to credible institutions as it would create a lot of jobs
According to the foot notes by the ADI, if these regulations are well implemented it would go a long way to install some level of discipline in the country. This discipline could translate into higher productivity that is improving productivity through discipline.

The government could generate much needed revenue through this instant court when culprits are fine which is expected to narrow the fiscal deficit.

The ADI however urged the government to enforce the rules. “The government should not think that if the rules are well implemented, they could lose the election” it said.

Source: Francis Owusu

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