Busia Governor HE Sospeter Ojaamong on Monday launched the digital payment platform of collecting revenue with a pledge to raise at Sh1.5billion through various revenue streams. Speaking during the County Pay bill number 635929 launch at the County Headquarter grounds in Busia Town, the Governor said his government is capable of Collecting at least Sh1b from land rates and Sh500m from other revenue streams.
“The launch today of the Cashless system of collecting revenue is a milestone achievement which will help seal leakages that has led to decline in revenue collection.
The county has failed to meet revenue targets for long, a feat that calls for concerted efforts to tame the trend. I thank iLAB Africa from Strathmore University, the vendors of the County Pro system for effecting the cashless system in partnership with Safaricom,” he said.
Governor Ojaamong warned those who will try to sabotage the new system that they will be doomed to fail; the unique method will help seal revenue leakages.
The County CEO said they are on the right track, telling county residents to pay revenue and demand for services, noting that the revenue collected will be put to proper use.
He revealed that the World Bank had injected Sh47 million towards training of revenue officers and county staff in related departments to improve on revenue collection across the county.
He sounded a warning to officers who think he is a hands off governor saying he will start paying surprise visits to various departments.
“Time for execution of duties is now. Those who think otherwise should relinquish their positions to be filled by Busians who are capable of discharging their mandates.
CEC Member for Finance Phaustine Barasa thanked the Governor for constituting security and enforcement officers saying they have contributed greatly in improving on revenue collection.
Chief Officer for Finance Prisca Omoit said the occasion was not to launch the pay bill per see but actualizing revenue automation that started three years ago.
The occasion was attended by eight CECMs, nine Chief Officers and five MCAs led by Finance committee chairman Fredrick Musirimba.