A nine-day seminar on Public/Private Partnership (PPP) is underway at the Institute of Local Government Service (ILGS) for personnel of Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies (MMAs) in the country.
The seminar is to provide participants a comprehensive understanding of policies and institutional requirements for the partnership and key aspects to such policies.
It is being organised in collaboration with the Washington-based Consultancy, Institute of Public-Private Partnership (IP3) and attended by 70 participants.
Some issues to be discussed include understanding the key polices required for Metropolitan-Municipal level of PPP, building blocks for successful implementation of PPP and understanding the PPP life cycle and risk involved.
Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, addressing the opening session extolled virtues of the partnership in a decentralised form of governance.
“The idea of PPP is to add value to effective decentralisation in the manner local authorities provide goods and services to the people. It is out to achieve service delivery that has not been fully and effectively implemented by MMAs as their core duties,” he added.
Mr Yieleh Chireh cited solid waste management, the transportation sector, water services and health delivery as some of the sectors in which most MMAs needed collaboration with the private sector for effective service delivery.
He urged private financial institutions to stimulate the PPP system by providing financial assistance to investors in the sector.
Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, Head of Local Government Service, ILGS noted that the institute decided to organise the workshop due to the enormous benefits that MMAs would derive if PPP were well planned and implemented.
“PPP if well implemented with the appropriate guidelines would also go a long way to bring transparency in the works of MMAs,” he added.
Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu said personnel from the district assemblies were not included because they did not have the financial capacity.
EC registered 142,888 new voters in W/R
The Electoral Commission (EC) registered 142,888 new voters in the Western Region during the Revision of Voters’ Register recently.
Mr. Steve Opoku-Mensah, Regional Director of the EC, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, on the outcome of the exercise in the region, at Sekondi, on Wednesday.
He said the persons registered were made up of 74,823 males and 68,065 females.
He said the Prestea-Huni Valley District recorded the highest number of registered voters of 10,734, while the Nzema East Municipality recorded the lowest figure of 3,681.
Mr. Opoku-Mensah said 22,382 people registered in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
He said there were 144 challenged cases on grounds of nationality, residency and age.
Mr. Opoku-Mensah said District Registration Review Committees, which include representatives of the Ghana Education Service, Political Parties, the Police Service and traditional authorities, would go into the cases.
He said 54,449 people applied for the replacement of their lost voters identity cards during the exercise.
Mr. Opoku-Mensah added that replacement of lost voter’s identity cards was introduced into the exercise to prevent double registration.