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Government Commits to Electing MMDCEs on Partisan Basis

Oct. 30, 2018


Government Commits to Electing MMDCEs on Partisan Basis

MLGRD 30/10/18: Every year the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) organizes a Conference for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

This year the Conference was held at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) in Accra. The Conference which was orgainised with the main objective to expose participants to the demands of the office of the Chief Executive and subsequently equip them with the knowledge necessary for effective leadership was fully participated by all 254 District Chief Executives.

The theme for the Conference was “Re-Energising MMDCEs to Deliver on Government’s Agenda” pursuant to the objective, pertinent issues affecting the very fabric of Ghana’s development were discussed. Topics such as:

·        Ghana beyond aid

·        Job creation

·        Sanitation

·        Planting for food and jobs, 1 District 1 Factory

·        National Digital Property/Addressing and Street naming for Revenue mobilisation

·        Free Senior High School Programme and Double tracking &

·        Human Resource Management at the Local Level

Resource persons such as Hon. Senior Minister, Osafo Marfo, Lepowura and retired Civil Servant, Alhaji M.N.D. Jawula, lecturer from the School of Communication Studies, Professor Audrey Gadzepko and an expert in Local Governance, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, amongst a host of others, took turns at taking the 254 Chief Executives through a host of topics.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, officially opened the Conference on 3/10/18. Addressing the MMDCEs, he commended them for the good rapport they have maintained so far with Members of Parliament and Constituent Executives of his party.

He however, encouraged those who were having challenges at maintaining good  relationships, to redouble efforts at making peace; as history had revealed that such situations had been the misfortune of most political parties.

President Akufo-Addo also informed the MMDCEs of government’s resolve at making the positions of MMDCEs electable on partisan basis. He said that initiative will be in fulfillment of an election promise. “We have scheduled a referendum to remove the entrenched clause Article 54 of the constitution to permit direct popular election of MMDCEs to coincide, for reasons of cost, with the next year’s District Assembly elections.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, who officially closed the Conference, informed the MMDCEs of government’s intention to embark on a massive infrastructural development across the county in 2019. The projects according to him will include major roads, bridges and interchanges across the country.

The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama (MP), underscored the crucial role of DCEs in deepening decentralization in Ghana. She said for the districts to thrive economically it was important that they improve upon revenue mobilisation through the utilization of Fee Fixing Guidelines, National Digital Property Addressing and Street Naming and Local Development Initiatives.

The five-day Conference ended with a banquet organised at the forecourt of ILGS.

 

EBENEZER OWUSU ANSAH

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, MLGRD

 

 




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