The development process is directly linked with the institutional and administrative set up in the district. This thematic area examines the administrative and institutional framework of the District Assembly and the Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations’ contributions in the planning process.
Administrative and Institutional Development Structure and Function
The Kintampo South District Assembly was established in 2004 by a Legislative Instrument (LI) 1781 The District Assembly is the highest administration and political authority in the district (see Figure 1.10). Under Section 10 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462) the Assembly excises deliberative, administrative and executive functions in the district. It is responsible for the overall development of the district. Its functions include:
- Formulating and executing plans, programmes and strategies for the effective mobilization of the district’s resources.
- Promoting and supporting productive activity and social development in the district.
- Initiating programmes for the development of basic infrastructure.
- Developing and managing human settlements and the environment.
- Ensuring ready access to courts in the district for the promotion of justice; and
- Co-ordinating, integrating and harmonising the execution of programmes and projects under approved development plans for the district and other development programmes promoted or carried out by Ministries, Departments, Public corporations and other Statutory bodies and non-governmental organisations in the district.
The political and executive head of the Assembly is the District Chief Executive. Under section 20(2) of the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462), he is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the District Assembly. He is responsible for the day-to-day performance of the executive and administrative functions of the Assembly and the supervision of its various departments.
The Executive Committee, under Section 21 of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462), exercises the executive and co-ordinating functions of the District Assembly. Its functions include:
- Co-ordinating plans and programmes of the Sub-Committees and submitting these as comprehensive plans of action to the District Assembly.
- Implementing resolutions of the District Assembly;
- Overseeing the administration of the District in collaboration with the office of the District Chief Executive;
- Recommending to the District Assembly, the economic, social, spatial and human settlement policies relating to the development of the district;
- Initiating and co-ordinating the process of planning, programming, budgeting and implementation; and
- Monitoring and evaluating all policies, programmes and projects in the district.
The Executive Committee of the Kintampo South District Assembly, in compliance with section 24 (1) of the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462) has established the following sub-committees:
• Finance & Administration;
• Social Service;
• Development Planning;
• Justice & Security;
• Agriculture & Environment
• Disaster Prevention & Management and
• Complaints Sub-Committee
Under section 25 (i & ii) of Act 462, every Sub-Committee is responsible for collating and deliberating on issues relevant to it and shall submit its recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Assembly. The existing organisational structure of the Kintampo South District Assembly is shown in Figure .
In compliance with the new structure based on Act 462, the Kintampo South Assembly has set up a technical committee to work out the modalities of integrating the expected 11 departments into the structure of the Assembly. The proposed integrated 11 departments are:
• Central Administration;
• Finance Department
• Education, Youth and Sports Department;
• District Health Department;
• Agriculture Department;
• Physical Planning Department;
• Forestry, Game and Wildlife Division;
• Works Department;
• Social Welfare and Community Development Department;
• National Disaster Management Organisation.
• Department of Co-operatives
The Assembly, in the performance of its functions is, however, limited by the following problems:
• Inadequate office accommodation;
• Lack of qualified personnel in some departments and
• Lack of equipment for information storage and retrieval
• Inadequate funds to implement projects and programmes.
The District is made up of a single constituency with one (1) Member of Parliament (MP). There are also three (3) Area Councils namely; Amoma-Pamdu, Anyima, and Apesika Area Councils as well as a number of Unit Committees.