District Development Facility (DDF)
The Ketu North District Assembly, being one of the successful District Assemblies of the FOAT assessment, has been allocated a development grant of $291,632.15 (about GH¢ 380,000.00). This was used to undertake the following projects
- Construction of 1 No. Block of Day care centre with kitchen and store at R.C Demonstration Kindergarten School, Dzodze
- Construction of 1 No. Block of 3-Unit Classrooms, Office and Store at D/A JHS, Penyipedo-Tamekorpe
- Construction of 1 No. Block of 3-Unit Classrooms, Office and Store at D/A JHS, Zukpe
- Construction of 1 No. Block of 3 Classrooms, office and store at Tsiyinu Junior High School
- Construction of 1 No. Block of Day Care Center with kitchen and toilet at Ehi Kaledzi E/P primary School, Ehi
- Construction of 1 No. Block of 4-Bedroom Nurses Quarters at Tadzewu
- Construction of 1 No. Block of 4-Bedroom Nurses Quarters at Weta
- Construction of 1 No. 10 seater KVIP Latrine at Kemekorpe-Kasu
In addition, an amount of GH¢19, 683.53) has been allocated to the District for capacity building. This was used to (1) train District Assembly Staff and Sub-district structures in revenue collection, team work and consensus building for the Assembly Members, (2) organize workshop for DPCU Members in SPSS and (3) organize workshop in leadership skills and management techniques for the Assembly Staff.
Local Services Delivery and Governance Programme
The following projects were undertaken from Local Services Delivery and Governance Programme
- Spot Improvement of Agorve Junction-Devego Feeder Roads
- Construction of 2 No. 46m3 Ferro-Cement Tank for Deme and Dorwuime Basic Schools
- Construction of 1 No. 10-Seater Institutional KVIP Latrine for Bagome LA basic schools
- Construction of 1 No. 6-Seater Institutional KVIP Latrines at Akpatoeme Basic School
- Construction of 1 No. 6-Seater Institutional KVIP Latrines at Torkpo-Zomayi Basic School
- Construction of 1 No. 4-Seater Institutional KVIP Latrines at Tsiaveme Junior High School
- Construction of 1 No. 4-Seater Institutional KVIP Latrines at Dorwuime Basic School
Community-Based Rural Development Projects
The Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) under its capacity building and support to the sub-district structures programme funded a pilot training scheme in social accountability for selected area councils in the Volta Region. This was to create a platform for users (community members) of public facilities and service providers to interface, dialogue and exact accountability through the application of Community Score Card (CSC) methodology. The benefits of the application of this social accountability tool are improved governance, policies, services delivery, empowerment and resource allocation.
In line with the above, a three day workshop was organized for ten (10) members each of the Avekordome and Ehie community under the Weta Area Council of the District to be trained as trainer of trainees and equip them with the social accountability tool.
The following projects were also component of the Community-Based Rural Development Projects undertaken in the district.
- Construction of Maternity ward at Weta Health Centre
- Construction of 3-Unit Nurses’ Quarters at Penyi
- Rehabilitation of 3-unit classroom block at Kporkuve
- Construction of CHPS Compound at Ehie
- Construction of 3-unit classroom block at Dzodze
Millennium challenge account projects:
Programme under this initiative includes distribution of farm inputs such as fertilizers and seeds to farmers.
Market Oriented Agricultural Projects
Under this programme, farmers were sensitized on demand-driven (market-oriented) agricultural products.
Problems/Challenges Faced During Implementation
The General Assembly failed to play its watchdog role of ensuring that all projects approved for implementation are well taken from the development plan. Also, Monitoring of programmes/projects was ineffective or where they exist, reports were not frequently produced to check progress of projects/programmes.
Besides, Decentralized departments and other stakeholders who were involved in the plan preparation stage were not actively involved in its implementation.
A great number of programmes related to public education or sensitization were not implemented although budgeted for. This was attributed to the lack of political will and the emphasis on physical projects.
Also, inaccessible nature of roads, particularly during the rainy season made it difficult to undertake health sensitization programmes on malaria eradication, immunization and HIV/AIDS awareness in most communities.
Despite the relatively high success rate in implementing projects under the Good Governance and Transparent Accountability, the thematic area was not given adequate consideration. To achieve the maximum success under this thematic area, it will need due consideration in terms of funding in the forthcoming MTDP as Democracy and development cannot be realized without promoting good governance. Participation of urban/area council members in local governance in the district still remain low and would require more attention in the forthcoming MTDP.
It was also realized that some of the projects were at a standstill due to delays in the release of funds.
Until effective collaboration is done and all sector projects and programmes reflected in the MTDP, progress on development would not yield the desired synergy effect, and progress on development interventions will continue to be under-reported.
For the sustainability of the projects, the Assembly proposed a demand driven approach to the allocation of projects. This was expected to enhance the management of the boreholes and water systems. It is critical to note that where the approach was applied, success stories were recorded. On the contrary, where projects were been allocated based on other reasons, it was found that most of these facilities, boreholes especially, were in a deplorable state or simply broken down.
A good number of the boreholes drilled could not yield water. This was as a result of the timing of the implementation process which was in the rainy season. This represented a heavy financial loss to the Assembly.
There should be collaboration between the Assembly, decentralized departments and other stakeholders like the traditional rulers and the substructures in plan implementation.
Regular site meetings involving all stakeholders should be institutionalized during project implementation
More effort will also be made to boost the Internally Generated Fund of the District to help reduce pressure on the Development partners.
It is our hope that the reasons stated for the non achievement of the plan goals and objectives problems / constraints and the lessons learnt will guide the Assembly in the preparation and implementation of the new development plan so as to move the development of the District forward.
However, all uncompleted projects will be rolled back unto the next Medium Term Plan (2010-2013)