A local governance expert, Dr Eric Oduro Osae is advocating the decentralisation of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) to ensure resources are put to good use.
Speaking on the Morning Xpress on Radio XYZ 93.1MHZ Tuesday morning, Dr Oduro Osae, who is also the Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), said when the DACF administration sets up offices in various districts across the country, the reasons for the setting up of the Fund in 1993 will materialise.
“After 25 years, I think that there is the need for major reforms in the administration, management and utilisation if the fund,” he told Neil-Armstrong Mortagbe, the host of the show.
He said when offices of the DACF secretariat are set up at the district, municipal and metropolitan level, the offices will be able to ” properly monitor the utilisation of the fund.”
He said the assemblies will also be able to contact the secretariat on time in relation to the fund.
Since the setting up of the DACF, the funds are allocated evenly to address the development gaps between the rural and urban districts in the country . The DACF is to help improve the living conditions of the citizens such as health,
education, access to potable water, good roads.
Over the years, the use of DACF has not been up to expectation hence Dr Oduro Osae believes government considers the decentralisation of the common fund to help satisfy the basic needs of the tax payer.
He also suggested the DACF Act be amended to condition the formula such that Metropolitan assemblies rely heavily on their Internally Generated Fund (IGF) and the district assemblies rather get a larger portion of the DACF to help speed up development in the rural areas.
When asked if his suggestion will not amount to discrimination contrary to what the constitution has stated, Dr Oduro Osae said “it will not amount to discrimination so far as they are given alternative way if financing their expenditure,” adding that most of the Metropolitan Assemblies have the capacity to mobilise more revenue than the District Assemblies.
He thus noted that Article 252 has to be amended to suit the condition and help boost development in the districts.
Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Morning Xpress