The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has introduced a new digital payment system to improve revenue collection and to reduce leakages in the system.
The new system, under the urban governance project of the Twin Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP), is to complement what the assembly is already using to collect revenue.
“We are already receiving cash in the payment system, cheque and bank transfer depending on the individual or organization and this is an add on,” John Analatei Laste, Public Relations Officer at STMA told the media.
“With this system, the cash drops directly as it does not have any human interface; the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) to use are 422500# and 2222115#,” he said.
According to him, revenue plays a critical role in the day-to-day activities of the assembly. There will be a deficit in development we render to the people if we are unable to raise our internally generated funds (IGF).
He encouraged rate payers to embrace and use the digital platform in making payment to the assembly
Fred Nyantakyi, Senior Budget Analyst at STMA, added that “with this payment system, you do not need an internet to access the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)”.
He urged businesses to sign on to the digital platform as an alternative payment medium.