Ghana has adopted the decentralized system of governance since 1988. The process gained momentum when it was enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and has since been progressing slowly and in stages. The system has been reviewed periodically with the view to improving it. Such reviews led to the introduction of District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) with a disbursement formula; the adoption of activity-based budget, and several capacity building programmes for both the members of the Assembly and those of the substructure, all seeking to enhance the operation of decentralization.
Bekwai Assembly is of a Municipal status, therefore its immediate sub-structure is the Zonal Councils. The Zonal Councils had been inaugurated out of the Unit Committees and their capacities must be built to enable them perform the roles assigned to them.
In June, 27-28, 2013, 60 members of the Zonal Council in Bekwai were assembled and trained in the “Role and responsibilities of the zonal councils in the decentralized system”.
At the end of the workshop, the MPO officer commenting on the resolutions of the workshop affirmed the following:
- All projects will pass through the Zonal council for prioritization before it is received by the Assembly for harmonization and implementation.
- Again, performance review will be conducted and the results brought to all Zonal Councils for them to appraise themselves with progress so far made.
- As a new policy, the Municipality intends to complete one project in each community each year, and this will be done through the Zonal Councils