The Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) joined forces with the World Food Programme (WFP) to conduct a comprehensive two-day coordination meeting involving Municipal, Metropolitan and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and development partners within the region.
The primary objective of the meeting was to assess the progress of various activities, projects, and programs currently underway within the Northern Region with the aim of bolstering collaboration and coordination among the NRCC, MMDAs, and development partners.
Speaking at the event on Wednesday, 19 September, 2023, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu assured all Development Partners and Donor Agencies that, the NRCC is committed to ensuring the effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation of all development projects and programmes to make sure they conform to specifications for the overall wellbeing of the over 2.5 million people of the region.
The minister expressed optimism that the coordination meeting would yield an annual assessment plan for MMDAs in the region. This plan would focus on addressing critical and emerging issues across various sectors, providing a roadmap for effective development.
He emphasized that the meeting served as a platform for sharing innovative ideas to promote best practices and a comprehensive approach to overcoming challenges associated with project and program implementation.
Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu urged MMDAs, development partners, donor agencies, stakeholders, and officials from various implementing agencies in the region to contribute their wealth of experience and practical ideas to maximize the meeting’s benefits.
This gathering brought together Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), regional department heads, planning officers, and representatives from development partners such as WFP, UNICEF, Policy Link, USAID, and Civil Society Organizations.
Throughout the meeting, various heads of departments, development partners, and Civil Society Organizations delivered presentations on critical sectors including Education, Agriculture, Health, Peace, Climate Change, Child Protection, and Security. They assured the NRCC of their unwavering commitment to collaborate effectively in realizing the development goals of the Northern Region.
Meanwhile, the Chief Director/RCD, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, expressed concerns about the Northern Regional Education Directorate’s report indicating poor student performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) within the region.
He stated that the NRCC plans to engage MMDAs in supporting the Ghana Education Service (GES) in effectively monitoring and supervising teaching and learning activities.
Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku further disclosed that, by year-end, MMDAs would be ranked based on the progress they have made in addressing regional development gaps, thereby ensuring accountability and progress in the Northern Region’s development agenda.