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EU funds workshop for vetting of 2015 MMDAs

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EUThe Greater-Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC), has organized a workshop to vet and fine tune the 2015 Capacity Building Plans (CBP) of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) within the Greater-Accra Region.

The two-day workshop, the first of its kind, seeks to strengthen institutional capacities and the internal structure of the Greater-Accra Regional Planning Coordinating Unit (RPCU), to efficiently and effectively carry out their mandated functions.

It is also aimed at strengthening the RCC and the Regional Planning Coordinating Unit (RPCU), to effectively support the planning and monitoring of the activities of District Assemblies in the Greater-Accra Region, to improve the availability, access and quality of public services for better living conditions within communities.

Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, Greater-Accra Regional Minister, said the training would also help to identify the prevailing capacity gaps, revise the plans of the District Assemblies (DAs), and get the capacity deficiencies of personnel of the Assemblies corrected so as to enhance effective performance of their duties.

The Minister explained that efforts at improving the human resource capacities of the Assemblies is very paramount due to the wide range of responsibilities assigned to MMDAs for the co-ordination of local economic development.

“The performance of the MMDAs over the years has been constrained by numerous administrative, financial and capacity challenges, which have adversely affected programme implementation and output”, he added.

Mr Afotey-Agbo said at the end of the programme, participants would be technically and logistically equipped to deliver on their mandate.

He, therefore, urged all MMDAs to make funds available from the District Development Facility and other sources,  for the implementation of the plans, and encourage prospective beneficiaries of the training programmes to take the exercise seriously, to avail themselves of the opportunity to ensure that the requisite skills and knowledge are acquired to enhance effective performance of their duties.

Mr George Gyapani Ackah, Regional Economic Planning Officer, expressed excitement about the workshop, and commended the MMDAs on their good presentations.

Mr Ackah, however, advised them to follow the Functional and Organizational Assessment Tool (FOAT): operational manual in preparing their plans, since most of them deviated from it.

The workshop is being attended by District Coordinating Directors, District Human Resource Managers, District Development Planning Officers and District Budget Officers from the 16 Districts in the region.

Source: GNA

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