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The Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), Irene Naa Torshie, has said that the formula for the distribution of the Common Fund for the year 2018, is ready and awaiting final approval by Parliament.
According to her, over 1.8 Billion Cedis has been approved for the year under review and this would be released to the various Assemblies timeously including the 38 newly established districts in order to facilitate development at the local government level; the fulcrum around which development is extended to the people.
Speaking to the Parliamentary Press Corps shortly after meeting Parliament’s Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, Naa Torshie, indicated that the distribution of the fund has witnessed a remarkable improvement under the current administration.
According to her, the share of the fund that goes directly to the District Assemblies has been increased from about 33% in 2017 to over 50% this year.
The Administrator, however informed the media that the formula has made room for some directives to be given to the Assemblies concerning priority areas of government and it is to ensure the judicious use of the increased allocation.
She observed that for instance, Government’s flagship programmes such as the school feeding programme; youth employment initiatives among others, have been devolved from the Central Government, while direct responsibility has been given to the Districts for better management.
She also mentioned that her office is considering some new proposals to be incorporated into the disbursement of the fund going forward. She said the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has proposed that part of the fund be dedicated to building at least one court in every district in the country given the inadequacy of court infrastructure across the country.
Concerning the disbursement of the Disability component of the fund to the Persons with Disability in the various districts, Naa Torshie, said her outfit has already released all the monies due them to their districts of residence. She has therefore urged them to contact their District Assemblies for their share.
In order to ensure that the disbursement to the Persons with Disability is done according to the allocation to the District Assemblies, the Common Fund Administrator promised to release the list and allocation for every district to the Parliamentary Press Corps for publication.
Source: Clement Akoloh || Afriwakeradio.com