EU gives Ghana 11m Euro for governance system

Mr William HannaThe European Union (EU) has given Ghana 11 million Euros grant to support decentralisation policy in the country.

It is in line with the EU’s financial agreement with Ghana to support the implementation of the National Decentralisation Action Plan which spans between 2015 and 2019.

The amount, which translates into GH¢52.4 million, is to support the decentralisation reform process which aims at improving service delivery at the district level.

Being the fourth installment towards the programme, the money was disbursed following “the good results of decentralisation process monitored in the past 12 months” a statement issued by the EU delegation to Ghana stated.

According to the statement, key achievements, in relation to the programme, include measures taken in favour of better dedicated staff at the district level, to strengthen local level capacity to participate in planning and budgeting, to have timely disbursement of funds from District Assemblies Common Fund to the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and the improvement of the functioning of the feeder roads system.

Mr. Wiliam Hanna, the Ambassador of the EU to Ghana, on the occasion of the disbursement of the money, said the Union was working to ensure that more Ghanaians citizens got better services at the local level such as feeder roads and or social protection.

“We aim to strengthen local authorities to play their role in better accountability, transparency and service delivery. The Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are crucial partners of central government, who should both implement and add to national efforts”, he said.

The decentralisation reform in Ghana, in the view of Mr. William Hanna, was making headway, “and that is why we are backing it with financial support, along with other development partners.”

By Times Reporter

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