Awal Ahmed, the Executive Director of Rural Initiatives for Self-Empowerment Ghana (RISE-Ghana), has called on the central government to realign and prioritize the allocation of resources to the most challenged district assemblies to enable them also to develop.
In an exclusive interview with TopNews Ghana after a training programme for selected media practitioners in the Upper East Region on January 4, 2017 on how to use I Am Aware Data and the District League Table to promote quality service delivery, Mr. Awal observed the allocation of resources by the central government to district assemblies without prioritizing them to benefit the most challenged assemblies is responsible for unceasing under-development of such assemblies. A section of journalists at the program
Mr. Awal, however noted some of the districts do not have the right leaders to be able to engineer the necessary development that is needed. Those leaders do not also prioritize their development needs. He said; “When you look at the issue of governance, some of the districts don’t have the right leaders to be able to engineer the necessary development that is needed. And when there is no right leadership, people are not going to develop their optimum.”
He stated in some cases, it is the combination of multiple factors that is responsible for the different levels of development. He observed that in the regions, some districts have more revenue but perform poorly while others have limited revenue and yet perform well and urged all the assemblies to prioritize their development needs.
RISE-Ghana is a Bolgatanga-based Non-governmental Organization (NGO) working to improve human rights and ensure environmental sustainability in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The organization is a member of I AM AWARE, CDD-Ghana’s non-partisan citizen empowerment campaign.
The district league table which is also an initiative of CDD Ghana and UNICEF is aimed at measuring the level of development of the various districts. For 2016 results, Bawku Municipal assembly topped the remaining 12 districts in the region while occupying number 18 at the national level with Bolgatanga Municipal assembly occupying number 29 at the national level and placing second after Bawku at the regional level.
At the Bottom is Builsa South District. This means it is the least developed district among all the 13 districts in the Upper East Region. He was quick to add that the table should not be interpreted to mean managers in that particular district are not working but rather, the evidence is that it is the least developed district in the region.