A drought of funding has hit many Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Northern Region, with the result being an imminent shutdown of government administrative offices. Joy News correspondent, Hashmin Mohammed reported that debts are piling up and the Assemblies, which have been living on credit for months now have lost their creditworthiness and are now being turned away by service providers, such as fuel stations.
Officials of the Assemblies do not want the names of their Assemblies to be published for fear of political victimization.
The situation is so dire that it has compelled District Chief Executives and Coordinating Directors to go into hiding to avoid their creditors.
The Assemblies are unable to honour their commitments to students who are benefiting from some limited scholarship.
“My colleagues and myself have been here for months. Each time we come we are told the District Chief Executive is gone to Accra for workshop. What kind of workshop is taking them more than 2 months”, a District Assembly Scholarship beneficiary told Joy News. The students may have to defer their courses of study because they are unable to pay their school fees. The officials are blaming the situation on government’s consistent failure to release their statutory District Assemblies’ Common Fund.
This comes weeks after some Members of Parliament expressed frustration and threatened to boycott Parliamentary sittings over the decision by government to freeze their HIPC accounts without their notice. According to the MPs, government has also failed to pay their share of statutory funds, including; Health fund, District Assemblies’ Common Fund, and the Ghana Education Trust (GET) Fund. Responding to the concerns of the
Minority in Parliament that the economy was suffering from government’s excessive borrowing, Deputy Information Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu
maintained that Ghana’s debt was within manageable limits.
The deputy minister, however, conceded that government was having difficulties meeting its statutory obligations such as crediting the accounts of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), the Road Fund and others.