By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Mr. Baah Wadieh, the acting Government Statistician has commended the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for introducing the District League Table (DLT), which ranks the performances of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.
‘It’s a good effort particularly because they define their methodology and it’s something which is useful to the MMDAs. Because it’s useful they have been able to outline their methodology for what they have done, I appreciate it. But there is always room for improvement,” he stated.
Responding to the 2016 DLT results in an interview with the Daily Express, Mr. Wadieh mentioned that there are certain gray areas that can be improved upon. According to him, the weighting factors which placed the MMDAs in their various positions can be critically looked at.
He said there are issues on the variables of computing the indicators. He stated that CDD-Ghana and UNICEF did not explain what they meant ‘open defecation’ which was one of the indicators.
“Were they talking about free range defecation, pitch open defecation or what? There are a lot of defecational issues that have to be clarified. But it’s a good effort particularly since it can be improved and made better for use by the MMDAs,” Mr. Wadieh noted, adding that “I also find it useful because the MMDAs are using it.”
He pointed out that most of the MMDAs which perform better in the latest table used the previous results and worked on areas they fell short to improve their positions on the 2016 District League Table.
He said “if MMDAs can use such data to improve their performance and delivery of services, that’s excellent.”
Last year December, the CDD Ghana and UNICEF launched the 2016 District League Table with the objective of increasing social accountability in Ghana so as to lead to improved development for the country’s population.
The DLT aimed at supporting central and local government to better understand progress in development across the country; to increase transparency of information on development at the MMDAs level and raise the populace’s awareness.
It’s also to support debate and dialogue on accountability and development progress; and to increase state responsiveness in the provision and delivery of essential services across the country.
The 2016 DLT results have La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal as the winner. It’s followed by Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Awutu Senya East Municipal, Awutu Senya, Ejura Sekyeredumase Municipal, Ofinso Municipal, Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai, Asante Akim North, Upper Denkyira East Municipal, and Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal accordingly.