The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a research think-tank for democratic advancement, has said there was the need to address the “shallow current state of fiscal decentralisation”, to enhance development at the grassroots.
The CDD has observed that though structures exist, the level of implementation of fiscal decentralisation was low.
This came to light at a media briefing on the Ghana District League Table (DLT) 2016, to deepen the knowledge of journalists on the DLT, to promote local governance on Tuesday in Accra.
Mr. Rexford Asiama, a research officer of CDD said delay in the release of District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), which is a major source of funding for the assemblies, hampered project execution and service delivery.
He stressed the need for data verification to ensure uniformity of data and efficiency in domestic resource mobilisation.
The CDD, the UNICEF and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development have develop the DLT to rank the 2016 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on how well they deliver on their mandate in providing social services to meet the basic needs of the people.
The indicators for ranking the assemblies are Basic Education Certificate Education pass rate, skills delivery, rural water coverage, open defecation, police personnel coverage and district administrative functional organisation assessment tool.
Under the current local governance, MMDAs are responsible for socio-economic development of their jurisdictions with government and its development partners providing resources in the form of DACF, District Development Fund, while the assemblies mobilise funds internally to complement these sources of funding.
The DTL serves as social accountability tool for the citizens to assess government representatives to ensure basic service delivery, and the third DLT for 2016 is expected to be launched on Thursday.
Tano South topped the maiden 2014 DLT, and Tema Metropolitan Assembly took the first position in 2015.
A cursory glance of the previous league tables shows most assemblies hardly make it to the top 20 highly ranked.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman