By: Martin Thompson Ntem (MTN)
The Krachi East District in the Volta Region is the lowest ranking district in this year’s Ghana District League Table (DLT) with a score of 50.6 out of 100.
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly makes it to the top spot for a second year after being deposed of its premier slot by La Nkwantanang-Madina in 2016. This means that Tema has Ghana’s highest level of development – scoring the highest ever mark of 80 out of 100.
Last year’s UNICEF District League Table was topped by La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality in the Greater Accra Region with North Tongu in the Volta Region coming in last.
Produced annually since 2014 by UNICEF Ghana and the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Office of the Head of Local Government Service, the District League Table assesses the level of development across the entire country by ranking all 216 Districts in Ghana by their level of well-being.
According to a press release by UNICEF, the DLT looks at indicators in education, health, sanitation, water, security and governance.
The DLT is the only tool in Ghana that allows stakeholders to track the progress of development across the country to determine which districts are making progress and which are struggling and need greater support. The Table aims to improve transparency and accountability in national development by making progress public.
Overall, the DLT proves that Ghana is making progress in development, although at a gradual rate as the average score has improved slightly. However, with an eventual target of a score of 100, the majority of districts are still far from this goal. Furthermore, the gap between the top and bottom remains large as Tema’s level of development is 60 per cent better than Krachi East’s.
Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta Regional Minister, has expressed worry over the poor performance of municipal and district assemblies in the Region on the District League Table for the past two years.
He said their continuous placement at the bottom of the table was negatively affecting efforts of stakeholders.
Dr. Archibald Letsa said this in an interaction with the media following his working tour of districts in the Region.
He said he was unhappy that an assembly from the Region came last again in the latest League Table and instructed them to factor indicators used in the ranking into their medium term development plans.
Dr. Letsa asked assembly members and staff to place importance on the resources allocated to them and ensure that corruption and other forms of funds mismanagement were stopped.
He asked the assemblies to engage all stakeholders and turn their poor performances around for the good of the people.