Gomoa West DCE challenges ranking of District Assembly League Table

The District Chief Executive of Gomoa West, the district rooted bottom in this year’s District League Table is challenging the verdict by the Centre for Democratic Development and UNICEF organised ranking of Districts across the country.

Seth Badu Tawiah told Joy News his district cannot be last when it has never failed any of the key development assessment programmes.

He said the organisers of the ranking cannot sit in Accra and cook up figures and proceed to make a damning verdict about his district.

Gomoa West in the Central Region placed last out of 216 districts across the country, with Tema Municipality placing first in the ranking for 2015.

Mavis Dorme Research Officer at CDD who was on Joy FM’s Ghana Connect programme Friday, said the rankings were done based on key deliverables including education, sanitation, access to water, governance, health delivery etc.

She explained there were major outcome indicators for each of the deliverables.

For education we checked the BECE pass rate for the core subjects; for sanitation we looked at open defecation; for water we looked at rural coverage and for governance we checked to see if the citizens participated in development activity, Dorme explained.

She also mentioned the functional assessment figures that were checked for each of the various districts.

Ashaiman Municipality was 23rd out of 216 assemblies. The league table suggests that the Ashaiman municipality, which was ranked 40 last year made a significant developmental improvement.

But the Gomoa West MCE Seth Badu Tawiah was not impressed with the rankings.

He said the figures used by the CDD and UNICEF were inaccurate saying his District has consistently met the development targets and could not have been last.

Meanwhile the MCE for Ledzorkuku-Krowor whose constituency has been sued by a middle aged woman over the poor roads in the region has promised to fix the roads in the area by next year. LEKMA meanwhile leapfrogged from 156 in 2014 to 125 in 2015.

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