Greater Accra Regional Minister Calls on MMDAs to Adopt DLT in

Greater Accra Regional Minister Calls on MMDAs to Adopt DLT in Serving Citizens

The Greater Accra Regional Minster, Mr Henry Quartey admonished Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to adopt the District League Table (DLT) as a call to action and accelerate efforts in serving citizens.
He made this call in a speech read on his behalf by the Chief Director of Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, Madam Jemima Lomotey during the Dissemination of the 2021 edition and Pre-Launch of the 2022 District League Table on Wednesday, 15th Februay, 2023 in Accra.
According to the Minister, this task complements the roles of duty-bearers and decision-makers’ goal to improve the welfare of the citizenry.
“We should also consider the results as a call to redirect our resources and investments into areas that we are not doing too well while maintaining and or improving in areas that have seen some progress”, he emphasised. 
Mr Quartey expressed hope that stakeholders of the DLT would continue to see the fruit of their investments reflected in changes in the rankings and scores across all sectors. 
Delivering a speech on behalf of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Mr. Bright Atiase a Deputy Director, NDPC said , the partnership between the UNICEF and the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), and the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS), University of Ghana, Legon in assessing MMDAs has yielded positive results.
“I am proud to say that this partnership has enhanced not only the ownership, reliability and acceptance of the DLT, but has also opened up further opportunities for its use for other impact assessments and resource allocation frameworks of Government”, he added.
Mr Atiase urged MMDAs to use the DLT to enhance social accountability and citizen participation in decision making and monitoring of development investment at the local level through townhall meetings with citizens and during District Assembly members’ meetings.
He noted that the DLT over the years help government prioritize or target low-ranking districts, as well as the weak sectors and indicators, during resource allocation processes at the national level.
“This year, in partnership with NDPC and the CSPS, Legon, intends to continue deepening engagements with other levels of government, including the Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and Members of Parliament to streamline resource allocations”, he disclosed.
Mr. Bright Atiase pledged that UNICEF will continue to support the government and people of Ghana, towards the achievement of the SDGs, to meet the objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to enhance the overall development of the country.
The Greater Accra Regional Commissioner, Mr. David Annang on his turn stated that the NDPC will prioritise the DLT in meetings with state authorities to solicit assistance for lesser-ranked districts.
“We will make constant reference to the DLT results in its interactions with various state bodies like the Office of the President, Parliament, the Ministry of Finance and international development organizations to ensure that investments and support are targeted at the low ranking Districts”, he underscored
He expressed gratitude to the Regional Coordinating Councils and all MMDAS for their collaboration in making the 2021 DLT a success and entreated all stakeholders to strengthen their commitment toward the DLT
“Effectively engage and communicate the findings to Assembly Members and citizens during their Public Hearings and Town Hall meetings, conduct further studies on some of the findings
“Also ensure that recommendations of the 2021 DLT are followed through to ensure better results for our children and people at the local level”, he stressed. 

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