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Published on: 13/05/2024

Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region excelled as the only District Assembly amongst the top ten (10) ranked Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in sanitation performance at the National District Awards ceremony held in March 2024, at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Auditorium in Accra.

Asutifi North District Assembly placed fourth (4th) in the best ten (10) performed MMDAs in sanitation, out of the two hundred and sixty-one (261) MMDAs assessed in the 2022 District league table, published in October 2023.


Hon. Anthony Mensah, District Chief Executive, receiving the district award
Hon. Anthony Mensah, District Chief Executive receiving the district award

The citation accompanying the award reads:

"With deep honour and gratitude, our life Patron HRM Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, the Board of Governors of the Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF), and the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) congratulate the ASUTIFI NORTH DISTRICT for being the only District Assembly amongst the top 10 ranked MMDs in Sanitation sector that also IMPROVED its ranking. The district is currently implementing a WASH Master plan. The MEF and NDPC salute the leadership and people of ASUTIFI NORTH for working very hard to make the District the Most Improved Assembly in WASH in the country. Ayekoo!"

The high-level national awards ceremony was convened by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in collaboration with the Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) under the distinguished patronage of the president of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and the Asantehene, His Royal Majesty Otumfour Osei Tutu II.

Organised on the theme, 'Recognizing transparency, accountability and evidence-based decision-making at the district level', the intent of the event was to appreciate MMDAs making significant strides in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

The Director General of NDPC, Dr. Mensah Abrampa expressed the commission's commitment to continue to work with institutions and development partners to monitor assemblies for efficient resource allocation. The Head of the Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur called on the MMDAs to share best practices to promote replication and national development.

Presenting the award to IRC and partners

Hon. Anthony Mensah considers the collective commitment to the implementation of the 13-year (2018-2030) initiative, the Asutifi North District Ahonidie Mpontuo (ANAM), which seeks to promote universal access to safe WASH services as the main driver behind the success.

Presenting the award and citation to IRC and partners at his office in Kenyasi, the District Chief Executive expressed his appreciation to the ANAM partners for the continued support in the implementation of the master plan, which provides a framework for coordinating and aligning efforts of all actors towards achieving safe and sustainable WASH services in the district.

The IRC team congratulated the leadership, chiefs, and people of the district for the award and that hopefully, this would further spur them on to accelerate the drive towards ensuring access to safe and sustainable WASH services for all by the year 2030. Indeed, the district league table report acknowledged that the district is currently implementing a WASH master plan which could inform the improvements made, highlighting lessons that could be drawn for enhancing other MMDAs' access.

About the Award

The award event was instituted by the Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF), under the auspices of the Asantehene, HRM Otumfour Osei Tutu II in collaboration with the NDPC and UNICEF, with a focus on WASH. The awards are based on the rankings of MMDAs on the district league table report, a measurement index that tracks national development across the 261 districts in Ghana.

The 2022 District League Table (DLT) report builds on the progress of work accomplished over the last seven editions and provides an assessment of the levels of development across all 261 Metropolises, Municipalities and Districts (MMDs) of Ghana, based on selected indicators.

The key indicator used to measure performance in sanitation is the proportion of the population with access to basic sanitation services. Provision of adequate sanitation is an important measure of quality of life as it reduces vulnerability to diseases. In all, eighteen (18) indicators were used for the report, and the level of disparities across basic social services in regions and geographical locations calls for more equitable resource allocation, especially as the country draws closer to the agenda 2030 deadline.

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