The Ghana Local Governance Decentralization Programme (LOGODEP) has come to an end in the Western Region.
The five year project which runs in all 25 districts of the Region was to strengthen the assemblies’ abilities to provide essential services to its citizenry and provide small grants to civil society organizations to expand public participation in local governance. It was implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Mr. Emmanuel Mensah-Ackman, Deputy Director of the Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance, USAID said between 2013 and 2014, LOGODEP activities led to the development of information and communications technology hardware and mapping software.
It also trained staff which ensured successful implementation of the street naming projects in some districts.
Mr. Mensah- Ackman added that their activities had also helped in improving transparency, boost citizens’ participation and more efficient planning at the local levels.
Mr. Peter Fricher, Chief of Party, LOGODEP mentioned that the programme among other successes created a reliable tax base for the districts and also created cashless payment systems in some district, adding “now payment is done through mobile technology, electronic wallet.”
Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, was impressed with the activities of LOGODEP and noted that the knowledge acquired by the various assemblies must ensure sustainable development.
He encouraged assemblies to increase revenue through property rates.
He said the vision of the Ministry was to ensure equitable development and economic growth through citizens participation in the decision making process. GNA