Asante-Akim South has been rated the best performing district assembly in terms of planning and construction of capital projects.
This was the outcome of a performance audit carried out by the Ghana Audit Service (GAS), under the Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanism Project (GSAM), a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project.
The five-year project seeks to improve accountability at the local government level by strengthening both government and citizens’ oversight of capital development projects in 100 selected districts.
A consortium of non-governmental organisations made up of CARE International, Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) and IBIS Ghana are implementing the project in collaboration with the GAS.
The findings of the audit were presented at a stakeholders’ forum held at Juaso.
Ms. Cynthia Ohene-Wiafe, an official of the GAS, said the assembly demonstrated best practices – identified, planned and awarded contracts in accordance with laid-down rules and sound administrative principles.
She applauded the assembly for not only involving communities in the selection of projects but also adhering to the procurement law.
She, however, faulted the assembly for weak monitoring of projects as well as non-performance of post evaluation of project completion and benefits to communities.
Mr. Adu Sarkodie Gyekye, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation of the GSAM Project, said the goal was to improve accountability and bridge the information gap between the assemblies and the communities in project implementat- ion.
He made reference to a research carried by USAID in year 2011, which showed that about 40 per cent of projects executed by the various assemblies did not benefit communities and said this informed the introduction of the GSAM to promote community participation.
Mr. Hayford Kyere, the District Coordinating Director, welcomed the project and said it would inspire the assemblies to work hard to lift their performance.