The Regional Planning Coordinating Unit (RPCU) of  the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) as part of its mandate, carried out its routine quarterly monitoring exercise of the activities, development projects, and programmes of all eighteen (18) Municipal / District Assemblies (MDAs) of the Volta Region for the first quarter of 2022.

The quarterly monitoring exercises are done in accordance with Section 188 of Act 936 to assess the MMDAs, and identify the challenges they face in the Region, in order to recommend the necessary technical support they could get from the VRCC, Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) and the Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD).

The First Quarter monitoring exercise was carried out from Monday, 28th March, 2022 to Friday, 8th April, 2022 with various team constituted by the RPCU. The monitoring teams assessed the performance of the Assemblies using the District Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) Indicator Checklist which covered areas such as Compliance, Service Delivery and Performance of Projects/Programmes.

At the end of the Assessment, the MMDAs were ranked in relation to the total expected score of 130. Most of the MMDAs obtained above the average score of 115.58. Anloga District Assembly was commended for topping the table in the First Quarter of 2022 with a total score of 126. This was followed by Keta Municipal Assembly scoring 122.5 while Akatsi South and Ketu South Municipal Assemblies scoring 122 respectively. Keta Municipal Assembly was applauded for the improvement in performance as compared to the previous quarters.

The monitoring team, however, identified some factors that contributed to the general improvement in performance of all the 18 MMDAs. 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 by most Assemblies.