The ease with which development planning project implementation and decision making are carried out will to a large extent depend on the kind of institution put in place at such level. This section examines the composition and structure of the Dormaa Municipal Assembly and the network of institutions it works with. The roles of these institutions and agencies in the planning and implementation; and in the overall development of the district among other things are also examined.
The Municipal Assembly Structure
The Legislative Instrument establishing the Dormaa Municipal is L.I. 1476 (1988). The Assembly has a total membership of 72, made up of 48 elected members, 21 government appointees, two Members of Parliament (from Dormaa East and West Constituencies) as well as the Municipal Chief Executive.
In response to the demands for popular participation in enhancing decentralisation and good governance, the Dormaa Municipal Assembly has been divided into fifteen (15) Area Councils to ease local level administration.
The Sub-Municipal Structures are as follows:-
- Dormaa Ahenkro Urban Council
- Wamfie Town Council
- Asuotiano Area Council
- Dormaa Akwamu Area Council
- Wamanafo Area Council
- Akontanim Area Council
- Kyeremasu Area Council
- Ankobea Area Council
- Aduma Area Council
- Aboabo Area Council
- Asunsu Area Council
- Pamuagya Area Council
- Atesikrom Area Council
- Nsuhia Area Council
- Nkrankwanta Area Council
The Municipality also boast of 149 Unit Committees dotted all over the area. Inspite of the importance of these sub-structures, they have not been able to contribute significantly to the district development process. That is, they have not been able to fulfil most of the tasks assigned them especially revenue mobilisation.
The inability of the sub-Municipal structures to leave up to expectation is due to financial and human resource problems. Currently, only three of the sub-structures are accommodated in permanent office. They are Dormaa Ahenkro Urban Council, Wamfie Town Council and Nkrankwanta Area Council. The remaining twelve are accommodated in rented offices which the Assembly pays.
Under the Brong Ahafo District Support Programme (BADSP), twelve sub-Municipal councils with access to electricity were provided with computers and accessories. The remaining three were given manual typewriters. Further, all the councils have been provided with office cabinets and furniture.The Municipal Departments
The existing decentralised departments are not fully integrated into the Assembly structures. Most of these departments still continue to look up to their mother Departments and Ministries for policy implementation. There is the need for these sector departments to redefine their roles and functions and their relationships in the integration process.Refer to pdf file for tables.