MMDAs urged to mainstream SDGs into medium term development plans

Bolgatanga, April 13, GNA - All the sixty-three Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) operating in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ), have been advised to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their 2018 -2021 Medium Term Development Plans (MTDPs).

Mr Charles Abugre, the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of SADA, who made the call at a two-day technical training workshop on localizing the SDGs, said unlike the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), the SDGs approach to development did not only focus on addressing challenges at the national level, but emphasized on tackling sub-national level disparities.

He said it was against this backdrop that SADA which is constitutionally mandated to provide strategic planning guidance to government in relation to the implementation and review of an accelerated development strategy for the NSEZ, organized its first technical workshop to align the 25 year SADA Master Plan Strategy.

Mr Abugre said all the 17 goals and 169 targets and indicators of the SDGs might not be applicable and relevant to all countries but the strength and opportunities of each country could help fast-track the attainment of the goals.

He said it was to help contribute to the achievement of the SDGs that SADA with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was working closely with the Regional Coordinating Council and the NDPC Commissioner to provide the necessary capacity building for District Assembly Planners, Budget Analysts, District Gender Officers as well as District Directors of Education, Health and Agriculture of the sixty-three MMDAs in the NSEZ.

Mr Rockson Ayine Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister, lauded the efforts of SADA and the UNDP for organizing the workshop adding that Government was committed to well-planned and coordinated programmes that would make a great impact on the livelihoods of the people.

Based on this the President established three development authorities in the country to coordinate the planning and the development process of the country and plans are far advanced to restructure SADA and re-name it the Northern Development Authority, he said.

Mr Omar Seidu, the Head of Demographic Statistics, Ghana Statistical Service, said unlike the Millennium Development Goals that did not attach much attention to data, it was key in the implementation of the SDGS and appealed to the MMDAs to give attention to data collection and processing.

He said there is the need for state institutions which did not have the resources and capacity to gather data to collaborate with each other by pooling their resources together to gather data for development.