The dream of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa is gradually becoming a uphill struggle as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has placed 237 out of 260 Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in current rankings in Ghana.
The latest District Assemblies Performance Ranking was released by the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
The ranking is based on health, education, security, water and sanitation issues in the country with a maximum score of 100%.
The annual performance Index saw Nkoranza North District in the Bono East Region picking the first position while Zabzugu District in the Northern Region came last for the year under review.
All 260 MMDAs participated in the annual exercise through their various district coordinating directors.
Per a 17 paged document released by the sector ministry, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) placed second while Sekyere Afram Plains, which hosted the Dean of MMDCEs in Ghana Joseph Owusu came 233rd.
The national assessment of MMDAs is carried out to access the performance of each assembly in health, education, security, water and sanitation with a maximum score of 100%.
Assemblies which scored above 80% were placed at the green zone, those which scored 70-79% took blue zone while those who scored 60-69% were placed at brown zone.
Yellow zone was reserved for those who had 50-59% while those with less than 50% score were placed at the red zone.
Even though the assessment is based on several parameters, the AMA’s abysmal performance could largely be attributed to the incessant filth that has engulfed the nation’s capital, as well as the erratic water supply due to galamsey activities marring the water, and dumsor, that the Ghana Water Company Ltd. says has destroyed some of their machines.
In all, 61 districts qualified for the green zone with Nkoranza North scoring 92.6%. 81 and 63 qualified for blue and yellow zones respectively while 31 and 16 districts were placed at the brown and red zones respectively.
Per their scores, KMA was in green zone while AMA managed brown zone with Sekyere Afram Plains.