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Assemblies Spending Too Much On Sanitation

By Lawrence Markwei - newtimesonline.com
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The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,  Joseph Yieleh Chireh has described as unacceptable, the situation where the five Metropolitan Assemblies in the country used  the chunk of their District Assembly Common Fund  for sanitation activities to the detriment of other development projects.

The situation, he said was more regrettable given the fact that these Metropolitan Assemblies – Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Secondi-Takroadi and Cape-Coast have the capacity to generate and mobilize funds internally to manage their waste problems.

The Minister made this observation when the French Ambassador  Francis Hurtut paid a courtesy call on him at his office.

He said the government intended to use the decentralization structure as an avenue to deepen the democratization process and also accelerate the economic empowerment of the people.

The Minister asked civil society organisations to also play a major role in their various communities in bringing about quality service to the districts.

He asked for support from donor countries to build the capacity of the various assemblies in service delivery to ensure accelerated development at the district level.

Mr Hurtut assured the minister of France's continuous support for programmes which are  already underway and

 promised to share the experience of the French Government  in the decentralization process in order to entrench and deepen it in the Ghana.

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