The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Dan Botwe, has disclosed that 25 municipal assemblies received a total of $150,000 in the past three years from the central government as a capacity support grant under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Programme (GSCSP).
The Minister, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Okere constituency in the Eastern Region, made this known yesterday during the first day of a 2-day mid-term review workshop held in Koforidua for the Municipal Chief Executives of the 25 assemblies and some selected local government workers.
According to him, about GH₵10.4m was disbursed for the implementation of street naming, capacity building activities in the 25 assemblies.
He said, as at June 2021, the government had disbursed a total of $71.9m, representing 72% of GSCSP funding, to implementation avenues for various interventions.
“Out of the amount, a total of $65.5m, representing 91.1% of the total disbursed fund, went to the 25 municipal assemblies for the delivery of critical and essential urban infrastructure and to improve service delivery in the communities. This has been achieved through strict adherence to the programme for result approach,” he said
He added that the GSCSP, which is designed to improve the delivery of urban development, management and services, had manifested in strict adherence in areas such as waste management, development of urban roads, pedestrian walkways and disaster management.