Scrap Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry-Muntaka
The Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, Mr Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, is calling for the scrapping of the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry.
According to Mr Muntaka, the ministry is virtually doing the work of other ministries and agency and hence should be scrapped.
“If you look at the report and peruse all the challenges they are complaining about, these are functions of other ministries and other agencies. We really don’t need this ministry and I think that we need it to be scrapped.
“In my view it is just a waste of state resources allocating over GHC3 million to a ministry that doesn’t do much. So in my view this ministry needs to be scrapped,” he said.
Mr Muntaka made the comment in parliament yesterday when the Finance Committee of the House presented the 2019 budget performance report and requested that the ministry should be granted an amount of over 3 million to run it activities.
Earlier, the committee had enumerated some key achievements the ministry made, including the initiation of rapid evaluation of the One District One Factory Program (1D1F).
The aim of the evaluation was to assess the progress of implementation, emerging outcomes and potential impact of the 1D1F intervention.
The report also indicated that the ministry also conducted rapid evaluation of the One Village One Dam Program to also ascertain the progress of the implementation, emerging outcomes and potential impacts of the 1V1D.
However, the committee observed that notwithstanding the 2019 achievements, the Ministry is faced with various challenges.
The report enumerated the challenges as inadequate office accommodation to house staff, monitoring and evaluation systems across the MDAs are confronted with inadequate skilled manpower, weak demand for M&E information and poor data collection.
Others included the collation and management systems and inadequate funding for M&E activities.
They indicated that the challenges affect the relevance and timelines of M&E information generated and recommended to the ministry to enhance its capacity building programs to equip its staff to do their work.
Mr Issac Adongo, Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central said he doesn’t understand what rapid evaluation of the 1V1D means.
He said those in the North would have preferred the ministry to give them a total of the dams they built in the villages.
He said the ministry should have been able to tell parliament the purpose the dams were serving and if there was value for money.
However, Mr OseiKyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, said if people don’t understand the work of the ministry then there is a problem.
“If people do not appreciate the work of the ministry and are canvassing for the scrapping of the ministry, Mr Speaker there is a problem.”
He said the core function of the ministry is to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of policies and programs across all the sectors as well as to deepen transparency and accountability.
They exist to service the executive, he said, and called on his colleagues to appreciate the work of the ministry.