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GOVERNANCE

The Municipal Assembly sees good governance as one of the cornerstones of development in the Municipality. The various structures of enhancing governance and ensuring citizen participation in the development process in the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipality includes the District Assembly, Decentralised Departments, Area Councils and Unit Committees and Traditional Authority, Transparency and Accountability, etc.

Municipal Assembly

The Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Assembly by the provision of Local Government Act, Act 462, 1993 is the Planning Authority and is responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all development policies, programmes and projects in the Municipality. These programmes/projects include the provision of basic services (education, health, water sanitation, housing etc), support to the vulnerable and excluded and maintenance of peace and security in a democratic environment.

According to the first schedule, section 38 of the Act 462, the Municipal Assembly is composed of the Central Administration Department and Decentralized Departments. The Central Administration Department is composed of the Municipal Chief Executive, the Municipal Co-ordinating Director, the Planning Officer, the Budget Officer, Executive Officer, etc. There is also the General Assembly, which includes the Presiding Member, the Member of Parliament, the Municipal Chief Executive, and the Assembly members. The Municipal Assembly is also constituted into sub – committees and the Executive Committee. There are fifty-two Assembly members made up of thirty-six elected members and fifteen government appointees excluding Member of Parliament and Municipal Chief Executive.

Decentralised Departments

 

Act 462, 1993 provides legal backing for the establishment of 11 departments under the Municipal Assemblies to perform the administrative and developmental functions to the respective municipality as shown in Table 1. 19.

Since the establishment of the Municipal Assembly in 1988, all the departments have been established in the municipal except Industry and Trade and other sub-units of some departments. However, the Municipality is fortunate to have Business Advisory Centre (BAC) established to perform more or less the role of the Industry and Trade. The Municipality has also benefited from the establishment of other public sector organisations.

Some existing Decentralised Departments face a number of problems including lack of proper office and residential accommodation, inadequate logistics and inadequate personnel.




 

Public Sector Organizations

  • The existing Public Sector Organisations operating in the Municipality are as follows:
  • Ghana Immigration Service
  • Ghana Police Service
  • Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
  • National Commission for Civic Education
  • Electoral Commission
  • Circuit Court
  • Municipal Magistrate court
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Birth and Death Registry
  • Information Services Department
  • Ghana Fire Service
  • Audit Service
  • ECG
  • Lands Department
  • Meteorological Services Department

 

There exists a cordial working relationship among the existing departments and organisations, which is a prerequisite for good governance. This effective partnership of the departments and organizations will go a long way to consolidate good governance in the Municipality. The absence of some departments and other public sector institutions will affect effective and efficient running of the Municipality to enhance the speedy development of the Municipality.

Sub-Municipal Structures

The Municipality has One Town Council and Eight Administrative Area Councils namely; Bibiani Town Council and Sefwi Bekwai, Humjibre, Awaso, Subri, Wenchi, Anhwiaso, Asawinso, Linso Area Councils through which devolution of authority is exercised from the municipal level. To ensure effective functioning of the sub-structures, the Municipal Assembly is in the process of providing all the sub-structures with office blocks.

Under the Area Councils are 36 Electoral Areas and 36 Unit Committees at the various community levels for effective decision making. Internal feedbacks from these levels are sent to the municipal level for harmonisation and decision making at the District level. The Town and Area Councils and Unit Committees in the Municipality are bedevilled with inadequate funds and logistics, lack of office accommodation, poor capacity building and lack of remuneration and lack of commitment. The map below or figure 10 illustrates town/area councils in the Municipality.

 

 

Traditional Authority

The traditional rulers in the Municipality play a pivotal role in the governance of the people. The Municipal Assembly considers them as effective development partners and for that matter; they are always drawn to partake in any development oriented activity. There are dynamic, proactive, visionary and very co-operative traditional rulers in the Municipality who are always ready to support any development agenda. This provides strong partnership among the Traditional Authorities, NGOs and Municipal Assembly including the Decentralised Departments in the development process of the Municipality.

Accountability & Transparency

The Municipal Assembly beliefs the important roles of accountability and transparency and ensures them in all spheres of its operations. This is done through prudent financial management and reporting, adherence to the Public Procurement Law 2003, ACT 663, community participation in decision-making, public hearings, checks and balances through relevant committees and General Assembly meetings in order to be accountable to the people in the Municipality.

It is gratifying to note that the above-mentioned tools of accountability and transparency are thriving in spite of the numerous challenges faced by the Assembly.

Participation of Citizenry

The level of participation of the citizenry in the development process of the Municipality is quite commendable. Participation in decision-making can be very much felt at the Area Council level where development issues are discussed, identified, and planned.

At the district level, the citizens participate actively in the running of the Municipality through general assembly meetings, assembly sub-committee meetings and public hearings both at the district level and area council level. The good citizens’ participation in the development process is a pre-requisite condition for efficient mobilisation of the needed resources for any meaningful development.





Date Created : 11/19/2017 2:57:10 AM