Naa Torshie Sent To cash-strapped Common Fund

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President Akufo-Addo, has compensated the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West Constituency, Irene Naa Torshie Addo, with appointment as the new administrator for the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).

The fund is almost redundant, existing only in name. There is no money to run the place, and most Members of Parliament (MP) tell The Herald, they have not received their first and second quarter allocations to meet certain expenditures in their various constituencies.

The DACF, is a pool of resources created under Article 252 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. It is a minimum of 7.5percent of the national revenue set aside to be shared among all District Assemblies in Ghana with a formula approved by Parliament.

But in recent years, there has not been money readily available to meet important social intervention projects and programmes sponsored by the fund, leaving MPs distressed.

Her appointment was contained in a letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, to get her approved through the due parliamentary procedure.

Naa Torshie Addo, who is a lawyer by profession, was tipped as one of Nana Akufo-Addo’s Ministers ,but was sidelined by the President, although he had worked with her as a junior partner at AkufoAddo, Prempeh & Co, a law firm, and knew her work rate.  

Naa Torshie Addo, if approved, will replace Kojo Fynn, the former administrator, who was relieved of his post by President Akufo-Addo, earlier this year.

The District Assemblies’ Common Fund, is a pool of resources created under Article 252 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana. The pool is provided with at least 5 percent of the national revenue, set aside to be shared among all District Assemblies in Ghana with a formula approved by Parliament.

Although, the Constitution does not state explicitly that, allocations from the fund be made to MPs or regional coordinating councils, the country, currently allocates a fraction of the fund to MPs and Regional Coordinating Councils.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, has referred the nomination to the Appointments Committee for consideration and a report to be issued later.

Part of the Fund is disbursed directly to District Assemblies in accordance with the approved Formula. This is referred to as ‘direct transfers.’’ The MMDAs use the funds for projects and programmes determined by their respective Assemblies. In 2013 and 2014, about 50 percent of the total amount for the Common Fund was allocated for ‘direct transfer’’ to the Assemblies.

Some of the money from the Fund is also used to support a number of important social intervention projects which take place in the Districts, but are national in scope.

Disbursement for such programmes is referred to as ‘’indirect transfers’’.

Some of the national programmes, supported by ‘indirect transfers’’ are the School Feeding Programme, National Borehole Programme, GYEEDA, Sanitation Module and Sanitation/Waste Management.

Also about four percent of the Fund, is shared to MPs for Constituency project, one and half percent, is shared among the 10 Regional Co-ordinating Councils for supervision of the Assemblies in their respective Regions, while two percent is reserved to meet contingency expenditures.

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