…..As City Of Durban And Israeli City Seek Partnership For Development
By Cecil Mensah
The 2015 District League Table (DLT), has adjudged the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) in the Greater Accra Region, as the best performing Assembly in the country with a score of 76.58 percent.
The TMA, last year placed 20 in the ranking, but just two years under the stewardship of the current Metropolitan Chief Executive; Isaac Ashai Odamtten, the Assembly has jumped to first position.
The ranking puts TMA ahead of all five metropolises in the country namely, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Cape Metropolitan Assembly and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.
Indicators used in ranking the 216 districts included, the quality of education, sanitation, rural water supply, health, security and governance.
The DLT, is a ranking tool of progress aimed at helping to track which districts are doing well and those struggling, and need greater support.
In the latest ranking, the TMA, was followed by the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly with a score of 76.35 per cent; Atwima Nwabiagya, 75.54 percent; Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai, 72.84 per cent, and Awutu Senya, 70.02 per cent in that order.
Gomoa West, emerged as the worst performing district, placing 216th with a score of 37 percent.
The AMA, placed 37 with 65.0 per cent, while the KMA, placed 131 with a score of 54. 5 percent.
Kwaebibirem was named the most improved district, moving from the 206th position in 2014 to 103rd in 2015.
Overall, 98 districts managed to improve their ranking over last year’s.
The project, which was conceived and developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Centre for Democratic Development, Ghana (CDD), is run in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and based on the global practice of developing indices for measuring and monitoring progress.
It seeks to support central and local governments to better understand progress in development across the country, as well as strengthen social transparency and accountability in national development.
The MCE, addressing the media flanged by his Presiding Member; Richard Fiadimor on the success of the TMA, after returning from a Sister-Sister programme in South Africa in his office said the Sister –Sister City cooperation with the City of Durban, officials will this year visit Merifest and Mayor’s Ball organized by TMA to hold discussion towards a better cooperation.
The Herald is reliably informed that, the Israeli Embassy in Accra, has also indicated its preparedness to cooperate with TMA and foster closer relationship with the state of Israel.
Mr. Odamtten commended the Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Kofi Brako, for renovating the Antenatal Department of the Tema General Hospital.
He said, the Assembly collaborated with him in ensuring his Common Fund was released on time for the rapid completion of the project.
“The MP has done a good job and the Assembly is happy to have collaborated with him to have the project completed on time,” he said.
He added that work on the expansion of the hospital has been stalled, because the Ministry of Health has delayed in releasing funds to complete the job on time, adding in spite of the delays, the Assembly was putting up a 40-bed capacity maternity ward to curb the rate of maternal mortality
“No woman should die in the process of giving birth hence the decision to improve upon the development of health facilities in the metropolis,” he said.
He gave the assurance that Assembly would by the end of the year 2016, construct an ultra-modern hospital for the people of Tema Newtown.
“There is no reason why a community with about 150, 000 people should not get a health centre, it does not make sense in today’s Ghana,” he maintained.