The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a stakeholder consultation meeting, involving Local Government Officers from the Eastern and Volta regions, to gather their inputs into the draft of the National Development Planning Regulation.
Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) from the two regions formed part of the stakeholders at the meeting held on Thursday at Atimpoku in the Asuogyaman District.
Article 87 of the 1992 Constitution mandates the NDPC to conduct studies and make strategic analyses on macro-economic and structural reform options and to make proposals for multi-year rolling plans for the even development of districts in the country.
The NDPC, established by Act 479, 1994, is also to monitor and evaluate the implementation of development policies, programmes, projects and to report annually on national development progress as well as advise the President on development planning, policy and strategy.
Similarly, the National Development Planning (System) Act of 1994, Act 480, was enacted to provide a legal framework for the implementation of decentralized planning in Ghana.
Mr Paul Victor Obeng, Chairman of the NDPC, said in a speech read on his behalf that 19 years after the enactment of ACTs 479 and 480, the Commission had not prepared the required Legislative Instruments (LIs) containing the regulations that would ensure compliance with the planning requirements under specific provisions in the two Acts.
Mr Obeng said to be able to deliver on its mandate to bring optimum benefit to all Ghanaians and to effectively implement decentralized planning in the country, the Commission had therefore decided, this time, to take steps to have the requisite Legislative Instruments (LIs) drafted and enacted.
He said the decision was derived from the 2012 Manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which promised to take steps to complete the implementation of the National Decentralisation Action Plan.
Mr Obeng appealed to stakeholders to contribute their experience and expertise for the possible revision of the draft LIs for final implementation.
Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, the Eastern Regional Minister, expressed worry that the absence of planning regulations to guide the decentralized planning system had negatively affected Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in matching resource allocation to the Annual Action Plans (AAPs) that they had prepared.
She said some districts achieved less than 60 percent implementation of their Action Plans due to the absence of the regulations.
Ms Ntoso therefore commended the NDPC for the workshop, adding that, the regulations were coming at the right time to enable the MMDAs to match their resource allocation to their respective AAPs. GNA