Volta, Northern Districts Trail

Nii Laryea Vanderpuye speaking at the launch

Nii Laryea Vanderpuye speaking at the launch

Nearly all districts within the Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana—particularly Karaga, Central Tongu, Afadzato South and Adaklu—are poorly developed, a new survey by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated.

The report, which is the maiden edition of the Ghana District League Table (DLT), is a special initiative of CDD and UNICEF to assess and rank districts across Ghana in terms of their level of development.

The DLT ranked the districts in terms of their delivery in six key sectors—health, education, sanitation, water, security and governance.

According to the report, districts in the aforementioned regions were lagging behind the rest of the nation in gaining access to quality education, improved sanitation, portable water supply, security and governance.

Karaga, Chereponi, East Gonja, Nanumba South, Saboba, Gushiegu, Kpandai and Kumbungu—all in the Northern Region—and Central Tongu, Afadzato South, Adaklu and Krachi East—all in the Volta Region—were captured at the bottom half of the league table.

A few districts from the Central, Upper West and Eastern Regions were also captured at the bottom.

The performance of districts, municipalities and metros within the Greater Accra Region was also not impressive.

Except for the Tema Metropolitan area, all other districts and municipalities and metros within the region were not captured within the top 20 most developed districts.

The performance of districts in the Western Region, the nation’s cocoa growing region, was also fairly poor.

Most Developed Districts
Among the top most developed districts, the Ashanti Region figured prominently, followed by the Brong Ahafo and Eastern Regions respectively.

The Ashanti Region had about five districts within the top 20 most developed districts.

The Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region was captured as the top most developed district, followed by Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipal and Denkyembour—all within the Eastern Region—and also Jaman South in the Brong Ahafo Region, as well as Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai in the Western Region.

Other top ranked districts, municipalities and metropolis included Berekum Municipal in the Brong Ahafo, Offinso Municipal in the Ashanti Region, Awutu Senya in the Central Region, Kwabre East and Atwima Kwanwoma also in the Ashanti Region and Mpohor in the Western Region.

UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Susan N. Ngongi, in a welcome remark at the launch of the report on Tuesday in Accra said the league table sought to support state officials towards the development of the country.

She underscored the need for facilitating dialogue between the government and the citizens.

According to her, the report ‘must not be used as a name and shame platform’ but as a basis for improving service delivery in the country.

Head of Research at CDD Ghana, Dr Franklin Oduro, stated that the league table was aimed at strengthening social accountability across the 216 districts.

Meanwhile the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, who launched the report, pointed out the need for district assemblies across the country to be responsive and accountable.

By Melvin Tarlue

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