The influence of traditional leaders on project success, a case study on some selected projects in the Ga East Municipality in the Greater Accra Region

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Leadership under the local government have had approaches for delivering projects, with traditional leadership acting as a key institution in building developmental projects. Traditional leadership as it stands, is the foundation of governance to most people as it is more accessible and better understood. Project success as the results for organization’s change in achieving efficiency. Traditional leadership are generally classified as ethnic or cultural, whose authority has to do with power and therefore is unavoidably political. Traditional leadership contribution to project success is in respect to human and material resources (land acquisition) organized to undertake a project within a specific cost and time constraint, so as to achieve beneficial change defined by quantitative and qualitative objectives. The local government Act (2016), Section 144 (1) has enabled Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s) as part of the decentralization process to be the only authority to raise revenue either locally or transferred from the central government in pursuing development needs of citizenry at the local level. Most MMDAs in Ghana are not up-and-doing in equal resource distribution to communities due to traditional leadership trait determining the total performance of project implementation therefore, the study in emphasizing on the influence of traditional leadership in project success. The study adopted the quantitative approach and descriptive research design to investigate the problem. A convenience sampling technique was used to select a total sample size of thirty six (36) questions (responses) attained from the employees of the Assembly, Honorable Members (Assembly Members) and chiefs of the Ga East Municipality. The results of the study unveiled that respondents are aware and have knowledge about the Assembly ensuring project delivery to the communities. The findings noted that traditional leadership have great influence on project success in constituting crucial resources into projects. This result in low quality and standard of projects leading to diminishing credibility and projects being abandoned. This to a large extent shows that the Assembly needs to empower itself in collaborating with traditional leaders in ensuring and promoting developmental projects in meeting the need of the people
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
Influence, Traditional leaders, Project success, Selected Projects, Ga East Municipality, Greater Accra Region