The Regional Planning Coordinating Unit (RPCU) of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council’s (VRCC), as part of its mandate, undertook its routine quarterly monitoring exercise of the activities, development projects, and programmes of all the eighteen (18) Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) of the Volta Region for the fourth quarter of 2022. The exercise which was in line with Section 188 of the Local Governance Act, 2016,  Act 936, assessed the MDAs to identify the challenges the MMDAs faced in order to recommend the necessary technical support they could get from the VRCC and the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD).

The exercise was carried out from Wednesday, 14th December 2022 to Friday, 23rd December 2022. The monitoring teams were tasked to use the District Assemblies Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) indicator checklist to assess the performance of the Assemblies. The indicator checklist covered areas such as Compliance Indicator, Service Delivery Indicator and Performance Indicator of projects/programmes during the 2022 fourth Quarter.

At the end of the assessment, MMDAs were ranked in relation to the total expected score of 130 and most of the MMDAs obtained above the average score of 119.

Hohoe Municipal Assembly for the third time, maintained the first position scoring 129 marks. This was followed closely by Anloga and Ketu South Assemblies scoring 127 and 125 ranking second and third respectively.

The monitoring team identified some factors that contributed to the general improvement in the performance of all the 18 MDAs. Some of the factors identified were; Proper Records on Contract Management and Administration; Evidence of Adequate Documentation of Record on Follow-up of Deduction at Source, and Over 90% Implementation of Activities on the Annual Action Plans (AAPs) by most Assemblies.