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action plan
KINTAMPO MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY
ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE YEAR 2011


BACKGROUND
The then Kintampo District was established in 1988 under LI 1480. However, in 2004 the Kintampo South District was carved out from it, and it was renamed the Kintampo North District by Legislative Instrument of the Local government Act, Act 462, LI 1762, now Kintampo Municipal by Legislative Instrument of the Local government Act, Act 462, LI 1871.  The Kintampo Municipal is one of the Twenty-two (22) Municipals/Districts in the BAR of Ghana.

It is located between latitudes 8º45’N and 7º45’N and Longitudes 1º20’W and 2°1’E and shares boundaries with five (5) other districts in the Country:, namely; Central Gonja District to the North; Bole District to the West; East Gonja District to the North-East (all in the Northern Region); Kintampo South District to the South; and Pru District to the South- East (all in the Brong Ahafo Region). The Municipal Capital, Kintampo, is about 130km away by road from the regional capital and lies east of the BAR Capital, Sunyani.  The Municipal has a surface area of about 5,108km², thus occupying a land area of about 12.9% of the total land area of BAR (39,557km²).

Tourist Attraction Sites
The main natural attractions are the Pumpum River falls 70m down some beautiful rocky steps to form the Kintampo Water Falls which continue its journey towards the Black Volta at Buipe and the Fuller falls 7km west of Kintampo which provides a cool swim in a pool; stool- like carved rocks to sit.

Another tourist attraction is the historical heritage which includes the geographical centre of Ghana located at the Municipal capital, Kintampo; the Slave market, Caves and night lamp at Kunsu; and the European cemetery where eight of the “Gold Coast Regiment” were buried. The British established several operational offices during the colonial period. Kintampo was the seat of the commissioner of the Ashanti Region. Several of the original British buildings are still standing.

Festivals celebrated in the area include the Yam and Bush Burning festivals by the Mos, Nkyefie festival of the Bonos, Damba festival of the Dagombas and Gonjas, Munufie festival by the Nkoranzas and Krubi festival by the Wangara.

METHODOLOGY AND APPROACH
This Annual Action Plan has rolled over programmes and project that are not implemented but still relevant from the 2010 Annual Action Plan. The 2010 Annual Action Plan was reviewed by heads of the decentralised departments and activities that could not be implemented were carried to the 2010 plan.

The purpose of this plan is to provide an overall framework for development in the area.  It was prepared in reference to the Medium-Term Development Plan (2010-2013) under the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (2010-2013) and development aspirations of the people in the Kintampo Municipality.

Summary of Key Development Issues
These have been summarised under the main pillars of the GSGDA:

The summarised development issues are put under the thematic areas as specified, in line with the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (2010-2013) under the GSGDA.

1.    Improvement and Sustaining Macroeconomic Stability;
N/A to the Kintampo Municipal

2.    Enhanced Competitiveness of Ghana’s Private Sector

•    Undeveloped tourism potential and inadequate supporting services
•    Inadequate access to electric power affecting the operation of small scale industries
•    Low rate of loan recovery / repayment
•    Inadequate access to information
•    High crime rate
•    Poor packaging and low market for locally manufactured products
•    Poor packaging and low market for locally manufactured products

3.    Accelerated Agricultural Modernisation and Natural Resource Management;
•    Post harvest losses
•    Illegal chainsaw activities
•    Destruction of farms by Fulani herdsmen
•    Lack of facilities for daily market
•    High rate of rural-urban migration
•    Low agriculture productivity
•    High incidence of bush burning
•    High incidence of pest and diseases


4.    Oil and Gas Development
N/A to the Kintampo Municipal


5.    Infrastructure and Human Settlements Development;
•    Poor surface condition of feeder roads
•    Poor physical planning of towns
•    Poor sanitary conditions
•    Inadequate toilet facilities
•    Poor solid waste management system
•    High rate of erosion
•    Poor drainage system
•    High incidence of flooding
•    Poor condition of town roads
•    Poor road condition
•    Inadequate space for car parking


6.    Human Development, Employment and Productivity;
•    High incidence of diseases
•    Poor school infrastructure
•    High school drop – out rate
•    High prevalence of water borne diseases  
•    High incidence of HIV/AIDS
•    High incidence of vehicular-pedestrian accidents
•    Inadequate water supply
•    Inadequate and ineffective teachers
•    Inadequate classrooms
•    High school drop-out rate
•    Inadequate health facilities
•    Inadequate health personnel
•    Inadequate equipment and tools for health facilities
•    High maternal mortality rate
•    Low agriculture productivity
•    High rate of rural-urban migration


7.    Transparent and Accountable Governance

•    Low revenue generation capacity of  Assembly and urban/Area Councils
•    Low level of awareness on decentralization and other government policies
•    Rampant armed robbery
•    High Incidence of conflicts and disputes in the municipality.
 



Implementation and Coordination Arrangements
Implementation is the execution of planned activities to achieve set objectives.  Current government policies on decentralization indicate that Municipal Assemblies, as Planning Authorities, are fully responsible for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects (Act 462).   This means that the Kintampo Municipality Assembly, together with all its agencies or departments, has primary responsibility for the plan implementation and assessment of project impacts.  This responsibility of the Assembly will be led by the Municipal Planning Co-ordinating Unit (DPCU), which will have frontline responsibility for the coordination of plan implementation.  This effort will be supported by the Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit, financiers of activities and relevant bodies.

Annual action plan for the year 2007 is contained herewith. Annual action plans for subsequent years is to be developed each year for implementation.  The Municipal Assembly is to ensure that there is little deviation, if any.

Municipal Assembly
The Municipal Assembly is charged with the overall responsibility for the process of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes and projects.  Tapping available Human and Technical resources of the DPCU and all other relevant agencies can enhance performance of this role. 

The Municipal Assembly is to perform the following specific functions.
i.    Generation and provision of funds for selected projects
ii.    Setting up a framework and platform for co-ordination and co-operation among thee institutions involved in the implementation of the plan
iii.    Identification of bottlenecks and provision of appropriate antidotes
iv.    Identification, invitation and attraction of potential donors into the area
v.    Periodic revision of plan implementation procedures and effective adjustments in response to changing circumstances

Decentralized Departments and Agencies
The Municipal Assembly Department and agencies as major actor in the process of implementation, monitoring and evaluation, should provide technical support and facilitate appropriate procedures for the execution of programmes and projects.

Financing Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Development Partners of Ghana wish that the goals and objectives of Municipal Assemblies and Town/Area Councils development initiatives were in consonance with national priority goals and objectives.  Donors, financing agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations therefore exercise some control and responsibilities in the Municipality and Town/Area Council through the RCC.  It is expected that donors and financiers will find interest in the Municipal Medium-Term Development Plan and contribute substantially to its implementation by increasing budget allocation to the Kintampo Municipal Assembly considering its numerous developmental problems.  This point is stressed because the District is a transit point and endowed with numerous tourist attraction sites.

Regional Co-ordinating Council
It is expected that the RCC through its Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit (RPCU) will not relent in its responsibility to support the Kintampo North District Assembly in the provision of technical backstopping, direction, monitoring and evaluation. The RPCU may have to continue step up its monitoring activities and support service.

Mobilization of Funds
In a bid to mobilize funds, the following approaches may yield the desired results:
  • Encourage and train various actors especially to develop project proposals based on the plan to raise funds
  • Encourage corporate bodies such as financial institutions and other profit making organizations to respond to their social responsibilities by supporting the Kintampo Municipal Development Plan.
  • Disseminate the plan at sub-Municipal and community s to solicit support and commitment for successful implementation
It is expected that the Kintampo Municipal with the support of the RCC will market this Development oriented plan both locally and externally in order to raise necessary funds and mobilize requisite skills for its implementation. Organizations operating in the Kintampo Municipal and beyond should be aware of the existence of this plan especially aspects that relate to their operational areas or sectors.

ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE YEAR 2007

District Goal
The Kintampo Municipal aims at “achieving sustainable development by creating an enabling environment (including security, gender equity, empowerment of the vulnerable and excluded) with special emphasis on agriculture and tourism and promotion of active participation of the citizenry in a decentralized environment”

DISTRICT OBJECTIVES UNDER SPECIFIC THEMATIC AREA

Private Sector Competitiveness
To promote modernize agriculture and develop tourism potentials of the Municipal for increasing productivity, creating employment and improving income levels.

For tables refer to pdf file attached




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