Maiden Edition of ‘Nalag Week’ Celebrated In Accra



  The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) launched its maiden Week Celebration on 26th November, 2014 at the Accra International Conference (AICC) to enable it critically assess their roles and performance in the whole decentralization process of Ghana. The celebration was on the theme: Strengthening Local Authorities for Sustainable National Development.

The celebration is a new introduction into the NALAG mainstream of events which is aimed at reviewing, at district, regional and national levels, the achievements, challenges and prospects to deepening the decentralization process and practice for true power to the people and accelerated development.

In his opening address, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, expressed delight in the theme for the event ‘Strengthening Local Authorities for Sustainable National Development,’ referring to it as “very appropriate in the face of the numerous governmental challenges.”

According to him, NALAG have over the years provided the platform for knowledge and information sharing serving as a spring board for future political leaders.

He stated that some aspects of the Assemblies has become more prominent and critical that it has become necessary that the organization repositions itself in all pragmatic suggestions and solutions. He thus, urged the Association to continue to play its advocacy role as a lead advocacy practitioner group, so that the impact of the Association will be felt at the grassroot level.

“Once again, let me welcome you all to this important maiden edition of the NALAG WEEK CELEBRATION. I wish you all happy celebrations,” he added.

Addressing the gathering at the event, the Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Julius Debrah, bemoaned the inability of some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to access the District Development Facility (DDF) because of their poor performance.

According to him, the Assemblies’ inability to access the DDF, a performance-based grant system, was stifling development in their respective localities, a situation he argued, was impacting negatively on the living standards of the people.

“It is sad to note that some MMDAs have failed to access the funding because of their inability to meet the Minimum Conditions and Performance Measures Indicators required, and thus deny their people of very valuable development projects that could enhance the standard of living of their people”, he said.

The minister said since 2006 to 2011, a total amount of GHc473.4 million had been transferred for five Functional and Organisational Assessment Tool (FOAT) to MMDAs to assist in the implementation of their medium term development and action plans for improved service delivery at the local level.

The DDF was established by the Government of Ghana through the MLGRD and some development partners to ensure efficient provision of basic community infrastructure and services delivery through judicious use of resources.

Its specific objectives are to: mobilize additional financial resources for MMDAs; provide incentives for performance for complying with the national legal and regulatory framework; establish a link between performance assessment and capacity building support and ensure a harmonized system for investment funding and capacity building support to MMDAs.

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