The Wa municipal Assembly has held a public hearing to throw more light on its medium term development plan for the municipality covering a four year period from 2014 to 2017 fiscal year. It has been developed within the broad framework of the Ghana Share Growth and Development Agenda II (GSGDAII).
The four year medium term development plan contained the various sectors of the economy with highlights laying emphasis on agriculture, health, education, housing, roads, environment, water and sanitation, as well as social intervention programmes to be implemented for the benefit of the people.
The Municipal Assembly has also made provisions in the plan to complete the Ghana at Fifty Projects especially the new Wa market project which has been abandoned for lack of funds and other technical difficulties which was associated with the project after the dissolution of the Ghana at Fifty Secretariat.
For the realization of these, the assembly is putting adequate measures in place to further improve revenue mobilization in the municipality to implement the medium term development plan within the stipulated period.
The occasion was also used to sensitize the public on procurement processes of the assembly and the various relevant regulatory frameworks such as the Local Government Act of 1993, Act 462, the Financial Administration Act 2003, Act 654 and the Procurement Act 663 of 2003 among others, which gave a clear directions to the processes to ensure transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money.
This was done by the Assembly in partnership with Action for Sustainable Development (ASUDEV), a non-governmental organization operating in the municipality.
The public however raised serious concerns about the manner in which the procurement process was sometimes undermined by political considerations thereby defeating the good purpose and tenets of transparency in awarding contracts.
They contended that it was the recipe for the numerous shoddy works that the country had been experiencing in the execution of developmental projects in all sectors of our national life.
They were also concerned about the six month liability period offered by the procurement law to persons executing government contracts and described it as too short for assemblies to hold contractors accountable for defective works through the retention of the ten percent of the contract sum and called for its extension to cover a longer duration.
The Municipal Planning Officer Mr. Mohammed A. Majeed explained that based on the regulatory framework guiding the procurement processes, there was no vacuum for compromise on the award of the assembly contracts and insisted that the process was always transparent and fair to bidders who had followed the due process and fulfilled the specifications of contracts.
SOURCE: ISD ( STEPHEN TASHIE)