District administrative and institutional arrangements.
The ease with which development planning, project implementation and decision making can be carried out will to a large extend depend on the kind of institution set up in place at such level. This section examines the composition and structure of the Ketu North District Assembly and the network of institutions it works with. The roles of these institutions and agencies in planning and implementation; and in the overall development of the District among other things are also examined.
District Assembly Structure
In line with the Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462), the Ketu North District Assembly is the highest political and administrative authority in the Ketu North District. The Assembly has a total of 30 members, made up of 21 elected Assembly Members, 9 government appointees, one (1) Members of Parliament as well as the District Chief Executive of the Assembly. There are only three women in the Assembly and they are government appointees.
There is an executive Committee which is chaired by the District Chief Executive, and it is responsible for the performance of the executive and administrative functions of the District Assembly. The Assembly also has a number of sub-committees performing various functions. They include, the Social Services; Public Relations; Development Planning; Works; Education; Justice and Security; as well as Finance and Administration sub-committees.
Other relevant bodies in the administrative matrix of the Assembly are sub-committees, District Planning Co-ordinating Unit (DPCU), an administrative unit, the decentralized departments and other government agencies as well as the sub-District structures –Urban/Town /Area Councils
Sub – District Structures
In response to the demands for popular participation in promoting decentralization and good governance, the Ketu North District has been delineated into four zones for easy local level administration. The District has four urban/town/area councils which include, Dzodze Urban Council, Penyi Area Council, Weta Area Council and Afife Area Council. The District can also boast of a number of unit committees dotted all over the area.
Despite the adequacy of office accommodation, these sub-District structures have not been able to contribute towards District’s development planning process. They have not been able to fulfill certain tasks assigned to them such as revenue mobilization and planning for local development. The inability of the District sub-structures to function properly is due to financial, logistical and human resource capacity problems. The relevant staff required to manage the operations of these councils are non-existent. The few staff available to manage these locals council has very little training to guide them in their day to day operations.
The District Departments
The existing decentralized departments are not fully integrated into the Assembly structures. Most of these departments still continue to look up to their mother departments for policy implementation. There is the need for these sector departments to re-define their roles and functions and their relationships in the integration process.
Relationship of District Assembly with Other Institutions and Organizations
There are a number of other institutions and organizations who work in collaboration with the Assembly towards the development of the District. These include public institutions, traditional authorities, multilateral and non-governmental and private business organizations.
Some of the public institutions include the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), The traditional authorities (Chiefs) also play an important role in the development of the District. They are very instrumental in mobilizing resources for community development.
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