Parliament has unanimously prevented government from diverting 80% of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) to finance other priority projects.
This follows the Committee on the Whole’s meeting with the Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund, Hon. Irene Naa Torshie-Addo on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
NDC MP for Banda, Hon. Ibrahim Ahmed, adressing journalists after the meeting revealed that “both Majority and Minority sides of the House have resolved that government abides by the formula approved by Parliament for the disbursement of the District Assemblies Common Fund”.
In March 2018, Parliament approved the formula for the disbursement of the DACF for 2018 pursuant to Article 252 (3) of the Constitution.
A total amount of GH¢1,812,144,435.00 was then appropriated for disbursement over nineteen (19) line items.
Significant among them include:
Transfers to other legal entities – Youth Employment Agency (YEA) – 10%, National Youth Authority (NYA) – 5% and National Disaster Management Organisation – 1.5%, all amounting to GH¢299,000,665.00.
But in May 2018, the government in a memo sent to all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) directed that the approved transfer of the DACF should be strictly applied as follows:
School Feeding program – 40% amounting GH¢362,399,992.80
Nation Builders Corps – 20% amounting to GH¢181,199,996.40
Planting for Food and Jobs – 20% amounting to GH¢181,199,996.40
Balance for Assembly’s own projects – 20% amounting to GH¢181,199,996.40
The Minority NDC Members of Parliament were not pleased with the new directive, provoking them to lodge a complaint with the Speaker of Parliament and further pleaded that he summons the Administrator of the DACF to brief the House over the directive of the government.
They argued that the directive of the government violates the formula of the DACF which was approved by Parliament for 2018.
Further to that the directive of the government will deprive the Assemblies of funds to implement their localized development projects which they had already planned for and incorporated in their budgets.
Although the Committee on the Whole’s meeting with the Administrator of the DACF was not public, information gathered indicate that the legislature has pulled the breaks on the government not to interfere in the DACF approved by the House.