PROFILE OF THE METROPOLITAN WORKS DEPARTMENT
The Metropolitan Works Department is one of the departments of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly whose functions are crucial for the effective management of service delivery at the local levels.
The mandate of the Works Department like other Districts in the country is basically to be responsible for designing, construction, maintenance , contract management , development control, sanity in outdoor advertisement in the metropolis and providing general engineering services to the Assembly.
The Metropolitan Works Department ensures that, all developments in the Metropolis are done legally and according to the approved layouts by issuing out permits to all prospective developers in collaboration with other agencies.
In respect of contract management the department in collaboration with the Procurement and Planning Units ensures the registration of contractors with the Assembly, the orderly sale of tender documents ,public opening of tenders, evaluation of tenders,preparation of contract documents, supervision of projects, among others.
In the performance of its functions , the department relates and liaises with sub-committees for Works, Finance and Administration(F/A), Development Planning and other departments and agencies such as the Public Works Department (PWD), Ghana Water Company ,Community Water and Sanitation Agency ( CWSA), Department of Urban Roads(DUR), Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD), Survey Department , Volta River Authority (VRA), etc.
The Works Department was established under the Local Government Act 462 LI 1961 .
STATUTORY FUNCTIONS OF METROPOLITAN, MUNICIPAL AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES
Under Act 936 , Local Governance Act 2016, Section 11 the statutory functions of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies include among others that they shall:
- Be responsible for the overall development of the district;
- Initiate programmes for the development of basic infrastructure and provide Municipal works and Services in the Metropolitan area.
- Be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the Metropolis
- Monitor the execution of projects under approved development plans and assess and evaluate their impact on the development of the Metropolis and the local, district and national economy in accordance with governance policy and;
- Co-ordinate, integrate and harmonize the execution of programmes and projects under approved development plans for the district and other development programmes promoted or carried out by Ministries , Departments , Public Corporations and other statutory bodies and non-governmental organizations in the Metropolis .
The Tamale Metropolitan Assembly carries out the above mandate through the Works Department. Consequently, the developmental purpose is as follows :
- ensure that the core infrastructure and services required by the Metropolitan area in the form of lorry parks, sidewalks, sanitary facilities like toilets, skip pads, landfill sites, streetlights, schools, markets and others are provided and maintained in accordance with approved standards.
- ensure that the construction, modification, alteration and maintenance of various physical structures taking place in the Metropolis , conform within the Assembly’s bye-laws and other statutory or regulatory requirements. The aim is to ensure that buildings and other physical structures in the Metropolis are safe and provide for their enjoyment.
- ensure that the programmes and projects undertaken by other Government Departments and Agencies are harmonized and coordinated to ensure the integrated development of the Metropolis .
KEY RESULT AREAS AND RELATED OBJECTIVES
This involves the control and guidance of land development within the Metropolis to ensure their compliance with the Assembly’s land use zoning, to any official modifications made from time to time. It also involves the maintenance and management of public open spaces and government lands. An orderly, balanced development is the ultimate objective.
PROVISION OF HARD CORE INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES
To promote the socio-economic well being of the Metropolis, needed infrastructure and Services like Sanitary facilities, streetlights, Assembly Buildings, Markets, Lorry parks and schools are provided by the Assembly through the department. This is achieved either through the use of direct in – house labour or private contractors.
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
Routine and periodic maintenance of all hard core infrastructure and services facilities are an important aspect of the department’s functions. This is done with a view to ensuring their safe, effective, efficient and economic operation over the short, medium and long term.
- BUILDING ADMINISTRATION
The design and construction process of all buildings and other physical structures are subjected to rigorous checking to ensure that building standards are upheld, approved plans are adhered to and minimum requirements for safety, health and environment are maintained.
CO-ORDINATION OF UTILITY AGENCIES
On behalf of the Assembly, the department coordinates the work of other Utility Agencies like Water, Electricity and Telecom companies to promote an integrated development.
UNITS UNDER THE DEPARTMENT
The department executes its functions through the following units:
- The Administration
- The Minor Works Unit
- The Building Inspectorate Unit
- Estate Unit
- Electrical Unit
The administration is responsible for the planning and drawing up of programmes for execution including contracts management. The department is headed by the Metropolitan Engineer who is also responsible for the day to day running of the department. The key staff of the administration are as follows:
- Metropolitan Engineer
- Technician Engineers
THE MINOR WORKS UNIT
The unit is responsible for the construction of approved projects of limited scope and the maintenance of existing facilities. The Unit is headed by an Assistant Chief Technician Engineer . The key staff of the unit is as below:
THE BUILDING INSPECTORATE UNIT
This unit is responsible for the control of physical development within the Metropolis to ensure that structures fall within the stipulated land use patterns and also conform to the building codes, standards and bye-laws. It is headed by an Assistant Chief Technical Officer as the Building Inspector.
This unit is responsible for undertaking inventory and keeping records of all Assembly’s properties.It is headed by a Principal Technician Engineer .
THE ELECTRICAL UNIT
The installation and maintenance of public lighting systems in the Metropolis are undertaken by this Unit. Its other functions include the installation and maintenance of electrical systems in Assembly buildings and properties. It is headed by an Electrician .