MMDAs outline strategies towards realisation of goals

Dr Arthur

Dr Arthur

Metropolitan Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs) have outlined strategies and measures initiated for realisation of goals.

They have pledged to contribute immensely to the decentralisation agenda, which has been positioned as the driver of local development.

The assemblies noted that the major challenge was inadequate financial resources to support effective delivery of their mandate of securing effective administration and management.

These were made known when Dr Ato Arthur, Head of Local Government Service (LGS) and a team of Directors from the Service paid a working visit to some assemblies throughout the country.

The visit was to interact with staff of the Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) and various assemblies to ascertain first-hand information, challenges confronting them and to find lasting solutions to them.

Addressing staff of the assemblies, Dr Arthur indicated that his visit formed part of a strategy to better position the Service to achieve its mandate of a “world class decentralised and client-oriented Service.”

He spelt out plans and strategies anchored on five thematic areas namely: capacity building of staff, sharing of best practices among assemblies, improving revenue mobilisation with the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), sanitation management, professionalism to make decentralisation process more vibrant and efficient to propel development.

“Strengthening the developing planning units of RCCs and MMDAs was crucial for the collection of reliable data to ensure effective planning and budgeting, much is expected from staff of MMDAs, capacity building of staff is priority, encourage assemblies to share skills and knowledge to help promote best practices to ensure balanced development in the 254 MMDAs.

“There is the need to also use ICT to improve Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of MMDAs, since majority of the assemblies rely on the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) for development, which is inadequate.

“The 2016 report on the performance of MMDAs revealed the best 20 assemblies had an average of 33 per cent of their revenue coming from the IGF and the worst-performing assemblies contributed less than three per cent of the total revenue from the IGF in relation to the DACF and other government grants.

“Localising development is the greatest way to foster people’s development hence, a professional’s conference will be organised in September this year to deliberate on how to deepen the relevance and importance of local governance through collaboration and teamwork to achieve the mandate of the Service.  -GNA

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