VOTE TO AMEND CONSTITUTION IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR — HAJIA ALIMA MAHAMA

Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

A referendum to amend the Constitution to allow for the election of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) is expected to run alongside the district level elections in September 2019.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, who made this known in Accra yesterday, said the Electoral Commission (EC) would decide the specific date for the elections.

She explained that the referendum would seek to amend Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution to allow for the election of MMDCES, a demand which has been endorsed by most of the political parties, as well as civil society organisations.

Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution, which is an entrenched provision, states that “Subject to the provisions of this Article, a political party is free to participate in shaping the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, social and economic programmes of a national character; and sponsor candidates for election to any public office other than the district assemblies or lower local government units”.

Pre-referendum procedures

Hajia Mahama, who was speaking at a workshop to sensitise professional bodies to the road map for the election of MMDCEs, said a draft bill for amendment of the article had been approved by the Cabinet and sent to the Speaker of Parliament who had also sent it to the Council of State for advice.

She said when approved through the referendum, the bill would be sent back to Parliament for passage and assented to by the President.

Per the Constitution, she stated that the amendment needed 40 percent of the persons entitled to vote in Ghana and 75 percent of the turnout needed to vote in favour of the bill to make the amendment.

Additionally, she said, other legal and consequential frameworks and policies would be amended to ensure that all procedures were within the laws and regulations of the country.

After the amendment, Hajia Mahama said the first batch of MMDCEs would be elected in September 2021, after which a nationwide capacity building and change management programme for leadership would be held for the local assemblies.

Promoting democracy

Although the current mode of appointment of MMDCEs has been in existence since 1988, the arrangement had not promoted the required good governance, local democracy and accountability that the people yearned for.

Hajia Mahama said while promoting democracy by affording the local people the opportunity to choose their own leaders, MMDCEs would, among other things, be more responsive and directly accountable to the people.

“The elections will make the MMDCEs take their work very seriously and ensure that public administration was done due diligence”, she stated.

Although some concerns such as undermining by opposition political parties appear eminent, she said some of the disadvantages could be minimised through consequential amendments in the existing laws.

She said the sensitisation meetings, which formed part of the roadmap of the election of the MMDCEs, was to educate the public on the nature, policy direction, as well as the form of decentralisation in Ghana.

She urged Ghanaians to come out in their numbers to vote during the referendum to ensure that the MMDCEs were elected and urged the media to help in educating the public on the processes.

Participants concerns

Some participants in the workshop commended the government for the initiative and expressed the hope that competent people would be elected as MMDCEs.

The Country Manager of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Suppliers, Ms Stella Aku Addo, commended the government for the move saying “it will make the MMDCEs more accountable and vigilant’.

For her part, the President of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Ms Juliet Aboagye–Wiafe, said Ghana needed competent people who would bring development to the people and not persons clouded by “popularity stunts” that usually played out with the selection of Members of Parliament.

Source: Daily Graphic

Official Launch of the Preparations for the Africities 2018 Summit

Local Authorities are Resolute to Start the Transition to Sustainable Cities in Marrakesh

RABAT, Morocco, May 17, 2018/APO Group/ –United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) (www.UCLGA.org) and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) launched the 8th edition of the Africities Summit on May 15, 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco. The Summit will take place from November 20-24, 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco, under the theme: “The transition to sustainable cities and territories: The role of local and regional governments in Africa.”

Local and regional authorities from over 20 African countries participated in the ceremony, including presidents of associations of local and regional governments in Africa, mayors and governors of metropolitan cities in Africa and members of the Network of African Locally Elected Women (REFELA).

The ceremony was attended by the Chair of the African Union Technical Committee for Public Service, Urban Development, Decentralization and Local Government (STC 8); the Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin; the Minister of Local Governments of Lesotho and Member of the Bureau of STC 8; members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco; representatives of the Moroccan Parliament; and the Secretary General of the International Association of Major Metropolises (Metropolis).

Participants heard speeches from the representative of the Interior Minister of Morocco, Mr. Khalid Safir, “Wali” (Head Governor) Director General of Local Governments; His Excellency Mr. Barnabé Zinsou DASSIGLI, Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of the Republic of Benin and President of the African Union STC 8; His Excellency Mr. Mouhamadou Youssifou, Ambassador of Cameroon and Vice Dean of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Morocco; Mrs. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Mayor of Libreville and UCLG’s Vice-President for Africa; and Mr. Mohammed Boudra, President of the AMPCC association (Morocco).

In his opening speech, Mr. Khalid Safir reaffirmed the importance of the Kingdom of Morocco hosting the 8th edition of the Africities Summit.

“I would like to express to you all the joy and pride of the Kingdom of Morocco in welcoming the eighth edition of this summit in its territory. The theme will lead participants to discuss the future of cities, territories and local governments in Africa and Africa’s challenges in the face of globalization and urbanization and this theme will lead the participants to highlight the changes underway and the role and strategy of African local governments in the transition.”

The president of the STC 8 committee of the African Union, Mr. Barnabé Zinsou Dassigli, declared that the Africities Summit was considered by the ministers members of the STC 8 committee as one of the best opportunities offered to Africa to speak with one voice on the issue of decentralization and that this was the surest way to involve people in the management of affairs that concerned them.

Over the course of its successive editions, the Africities Summit has proven to be a great platform for the exchange of views for the implementation of decentralization policies

“Over the course of its successive editions, the Africities Summit has proven to be a great platform for the exchange of views for the implementation of decentralization policies in Africa. It is for this reason that the African Ministers of Decentralization have decided to establish Africities as the African space for the evaluation of the impact of decentralization policies and corresponding cooperation programs for the improvement of living conditions for citizens and the good governance of our states in general. This is why STC 8 wants to include the issue of the signing and ratification of the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local development on the agenda of the Africities Summit 2018.”

The mayor of Libreville and Africa Vice President of UCLG, Mrs. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, said she was convinced that Marrakesh 2018 would mark a milestone in the path towards the structural transformation of Africa advocated by Agenda 2063 of the AU. “I invite all municipalities around the world, especially those in Africa, to come and share with us the thinking that we are going to begin on the “transition to sustainable and resilient cities and territories.”

The President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC), Mr. Mohamed Boudra, stated that, “the Africities 2018 Summit will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions, enrich experience and support African cooperation in the field of local management.”

The highlight of the ceremony was the handover of the baton to the city of Marrakesh, now host of the Africities 2018 Summit, and receiving the Africities flag from Mr. Mpho NAWA, representative of the President of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and host of the 7th edition of the Africities Summit held in 2015 in Johannesburg.

The Mayor of Marrakesh, Mr. Mohamed Larbi Belcaid, was delighted to accept the torch and launched a call for the massive participation of the different actors in this great event in the ‘ochre city’ considered to be the beating heart of Africa in motion.

Following the baton handover Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa, presented the framework and program of the Summit, as well as the requirements for participation and taking part in the Africities Exhibition, which is organized in parallel. Participants were invited to register online at the following sites:

For the Summit: www.Africities.org

For the Exhibition: www.SalonAfricites2018.com

Nearly 5,000 participants are expected at the conference and 500 exhibitors are expected at Africities.

Source: www.uclga.africa-newsroom.com

SDGs – GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES SDGs REPORT

THE GHANAIAN Government has in partnership with the United Nations (UN) launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Indicator Baseline Report.

The 120-pages report compiled by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and UN, sets the baseline for a selection of indicators that serves as the basis for monitoring and tracking of the progress towards the implementation and achievement of the SDGs and the corresponding Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 targets.

The aim of the SDGs and the Agenda 2063 is to eliminate poverty in all its forms and stimulate actions in areas of critical importance to humanity and the planet.

It is the first for the SDGs and following Ghana’s final Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report in 2015.

The report provides the baseline status for a set of 56 SDGs indicators and its base year is 2016, looking at one indicator under each of the 17 goals.

Under Goal 1, which has an indicator on poverty alleviation, the report says the progress in poverty reduction across Ghana has not been even.

It says “The regions in the north (Upper West, Upper East and Northern) experienced a lower rate of decline compared to many of the regions in the south. These 3 regions also have the highest depth of poverty (i.e. how far the poor are below the poverty line.)”

Professor George Gyan Baffour, Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, who launched the report on Thursday at the Conference Center in Accra, said Ghana’s approach towards achieving the SDGs is to involve all stakeholders in the implementation.

Ghana and 192 other member states of the UN, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 which has a set of 17 goals and 169 targets as the successor framework to the MDGs.

 

The 2030 Agenda, according to the report, seeks to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs, and to stimulate actions in areas of critical importance covering the three traditional dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environment.

Ghana made significant progress in achieving the MDGs, according to the observed trends in the report, but however suggests that, attaining the SDGs by 2030, requires a shift from the business as usual into a more robust country-level implementation of the goals.

The report points to the inter-connections between the SDGs and how actions directed towards achieving a target could contribute positively towards the achievement of one or several other targets.

Under Goal 6 of the SDGs which looks at Clean Water and Sanitation, the report indicates that a little over a quarter of the national population enjoy safely managed service, with about half of the population having access to basic service.

Urban households are better off than rural households, with over 80 percent enjoying basic services or better, as compared to 60 percent for rural areas.

Ghana, according to the report, is also performing greatly under Goal 7 which looks at Affordable and Clean Energy. It says the percentage of the population having access to electricity increased from 69.3 percent in 2012 to 83.1 percent in 2016, adding that the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has more than doubled; but serious concerns remain with Goal 8 which is Decent Work and Economic Growth.

There are still concerns over youth unemployment, with their unemployment rates of 14.4 percent in 2015 becoming more than double the overall unemployment rate of 6.5 percent.

About 20 percent of children, according to the report, are found to be involved in child labour while 15 percent are engaged in hazardous forms of child labour, saying child labour is more pronounced in rural areas than urban areas and high among boys than girls.

Issues of disparities, according to the report, need to be addressed across board in Ghana to enable the full realization of the SDG targets.

But Acting Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr. Grace Bediako, urged a higher level of collaboration among key stakeholders to ensure that Ghana achieves a multiplier effect on the SDGs implementation.

Source: Daily Guide

ASSEMBLY MEMBERS NEED TO BE REMUNERATED FOR EFFICIENT SERVICE DELIVERY

Section-16 of Local Government Act 936, charges members of a District Assembly (Assembly Members) to as appropriate maintain close contact with the electoral area of the District Assembly, consult the people of the electoral area on issues to be discussed in the District Assembly, collate their views, opinions, and proposals; present the views, opinions and proposals of the electorate to the District Assembly; attend meetings of the District Assembly and meetings of sub-committees of which that member of the District Assembly is a member; meet the electorate before each meeting of the District Assembly; report to the electorate the general decision of the District Assembly: and actions the member has taken to solve problems raised by residents in the electoral area; draw attention in general debate to national policies that are relevant to the subject under discussion; actively participate in the work of the sub-committees of the Executive Committee; bring to bear on any discussion in the District Assembly the benefit of the skill, profession, experience or specialized knowledge of the member; maintain frequent liaison with organised productive economic groupings and other persons in the district; and take part in communal and development activities in the district.

It is on this backdrop that the  National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), is pressing for a monthly allowance structure for Assembly Members within the local governance setting who are both elected and appointed as people’s representative at the various assemblies to encourage efficient service delivery.

It is a known fact that Assembly Members do not receive monthly salary but only sitting allowances during assembly meetings, which in most cases are kept in arrears.

In a Press Statement released by the General Secretary on behalf of the Association, the Association is calling for a National dialogue on the need to remunerate the Assembly members as part of Government’s effort to increasing the number of Assembly members in the newly created Districts.

Below is a statement signed by NALAG’s General Secretary, Hon Kokro Amankwah;

WELFARE OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS – THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVING LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN METROPOLITAN, MUNICIPAL, AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES (MMDAs) – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF GHANA (NALAG)

In recent time, the public elections of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s) has earned priceless space in our media landscape; but conspicuously missing in the conversation, is the welfare of Assembly members who constitute the fulcrum of a District Assembly, considering the powers granted and responsibilities bestowed on them by the constitution, and legislative framework governing local governance and decentralization in Ghana.

It is in this genuine intent that the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) will like to throw light on the relevance of Assembly members in the decentralization process. And perhaps, to cure the lingering perception, that, the expansion of the electoral college to accommodate the general public in the elections of MMDCE’s through amendment of the national constitution; as well as the expansion of electoral areas is the immediate remedy and revolutionary measure to transform the activities in all the two hundred and fifty-four (254) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s) in Ghana to enhance accountability, transparency and good governance at the local level.

To be honest, it is unpatriotic to do partisanship about the neglect of the welfare of Assembly members, since nothing substantial has been done by present and successive governments, although motor bikes has been procured in previous and/or erstwhile administrations to facilitate the operations and functionality of Assembly members to and from their electoral areas.

NALAG wish to address this subject as a state and national oversight, other than a particular government’s neglect. Indeed, the flippant disregard about Assembly Members welfare with regards to payment of salaries is extremely worrying, especially when ‘equitable distribution of the nation’s resources’, which is a canon of good governance has lately rung loud melodious bells in our ears.

Referencing article 241(3) of the constitution of Ghana, and section 12(2) of the local governance act 936 of 2016, which enjoins District Assemblies with deliberative, legislative and executive powers and functions, NALAG respectfully but rhetorically wish to ask state actors how a district Assembly can effectively exercise and execute the aforementioned powers and functions without the Assembly members within their respective jurisdictions?
A thorough and careful study on the job description of key actors of decentralization will prove that nothing substantial can take effect at a District Assembly without its members, since the fundamental concept of the local governance process, is the transfer of political, administrative and financial power from central government to local citizens, with Assembly and unit committee members representing and serving the interest of the local citizens at the Assembly.

According to section-16 of Local Government Act 936, A member of a District Assembly shall as appropriate maintain close contact with the electoral area of the District Assembly, consult the people of the electoral area on issues to be discussed in the District Assembly, collate their views, opinions, and proposals; present the views, opinions and proposals of the electorate to the District Assembly; attend meetings of the District Assembly and meetings of sub-committees of which that member of the District Assembly is a member; meet the electorate before each meeting of the District Assembly; report to the electorate the general decision of the District Assembly: and actions the member has taken to solve problems raised by residents in the electoral area; draw attention in general debate to national policies that are relevant to the subject under discussion; actively participate in the work of the sub-committees of the Executive Committee; bring to bear on any discussion in the District Assembly the benefit of the skill, profession, experience or specialised knowledge of the member; maintain frequent liaison with organised productive economic groupings and other persons in the district; and take part in communal and development activities in the district.

All these responsibilities of Assembly Members while having due regard to the national interest and the interest of the people in the district, occupies all the time and energy of the members.

Even though Assembly members are entitled to sitting allowances after their meetings sometimes receiving the allowances after a meeting becomes a problem and this does not encourage members to attend meetings at the expense of the electorate.

It is on this backdrop that NALAG is advocating for the Assembly Members to be paid monthly allowance to encourage their full participation in the activities of the Assembly.

The issue of underdevelopment in most Assemblies is not the issue of lack of Assembly Members but rather the absence of good remuneration for them. Government should look at the wholesale creation of electoral areas since quantitative adjustment alone will not necessarily bring about desired results that Ghana is yearning for.
NALAG however, commends the Assembly Members for the hard work they do for the assembly and further wish those who will be contesting again in 2019 the best of luck.

SIGNED:
HON. KOKRO AMANKWAH
(GENERAL SECRETARY)

PROTECT THE RIGHTS AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN – DCE URGES

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asante Akim North, Mr Francis Oti Boateng has appealed to chiefs and community leaders to join calls demanding the individual protection and welfare of children in their respective communities.

According to him, protecting the rights of children and paying attention to their needs was a pre-requisite to safeguarding their future, growth and development.

Speaking at a multi-stakeholders’ forum at Agogo, Mr Boateng, said community leaders had the responsibility to ensure that children were properly brought up.

The forum, which was under the theme “end child marriage now, it takes us all”, was organized by World Vision Ghana (WVG) to dialogue on issues of early child marriages in the district and communities and develop strategies to curb the menace.

Mr Boateng commended WVG for its leadership role in advocacy to end early girl-child marriages in the district and said the Assembly would strengthen its partnership with it to ensure an end to the menace in the area.

He said the Assembly was already implementing initiatives that sought to bring pregnant girls back to school after delivery.

The objective is to ensure that all girls continued and finished their education.

Mr Joseph Kwogyenga, the Sekyere East Cluster Manager of WVG, said the forum was to seek consensus from all stakeholders to end early child marriages while promoting respect for the right of children in rural communities.

Source: Ghanadistricts.com

TECHIMAN SOUTH MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY ACCOUNTS TO RESIDENTS

The Municipal Chief Executive of Techiman South (MCE) in the Brong Ahafo Region, John Kofi Donyina reiterated the assembly’s commitment to facilitate and put in place the needed environment and infrastructure to propel the development of the area.

Hon. Kofi Donyina gave the assurance in an address to participants at the assembly’s conference hall in Techiman at a Town Hall Meeting programme organized by the Ministry of Information (MOI) and the Information Services Department (ISD).

The programme, according to the ISD is a flagship initiative to deepen and ensure participatory democracy in accordance with Article 240 (2(e)) of the 1992 constitution.

He disclosed 10 companies had registered with the assembly to take advantage of government 1D1F flagship programme and appealed to residents to take advantage of the opportunity that the partnership will bring.

On revenue mobilization, he disclosed the assembly had contracted a private company to collect and collate data on properties to enable the assembly tax them for development.

“From our initial information gathered, the assembly is estimated to mobilize GHc 4 million annual which is more than our share of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF). So is certainly the way to”, he emphasised.

The MCE lamented that, the assembly spends GHc 1,400.00 monthly on ration for the security agencies to maintain law and order in the area and called on sister assemblies to collaborate with his outfit boost the investment potential of the area.

The Regional Information Officer (RIO), Imoro T. Ayibani explained the forum was one of the tools used by his outfit to deepen and ensure transparency and participation in governance.

He therefore urged participants to de-politicize the exercise as a demonstration of their commitment to the nation’s development.

Source: Ghanadistricts.com

NALAG URGES MMDAs TO STAND AGAINST CORRUPTION

As local assemblies across the African continent observed the African Day of Decentralization and Local Development on August 10, the National Association of Local Authorities Ghana (NALAG) has urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to stand together as locals and destroy corruption before it destroys them.

The theme for the 2018 edition “Combatting corruption: a sustainable path for Africa’s transformation” as declared by the African Union (AU) is aimed at “Fighting corruption at the local level, a sustainable way for the transform Africa from its territories.”

The theme comes in time in a context where the local government of the continent are increasingly shaken by scandals of corruption, involving the elected officials of the first plan.

A statement signed by NALAG’s General Secretary, Hon Kokro Amankwah called on MMDAs to join in the fight against corruption at the local level.

“In other to have a sustainable way to transform Africa from within its territories, our Assemblies must join the fight against corruption within the various MMDAs.

“Our Districts must be accountable, engage citizen in participatory governance, adhere to rules and regulations, and conduct proper project management”, the statement said.

NALAG during the occasion underscored Local Governance corruption as a phenomenon across the world destroying the core of development.

The Association has therefore called on the 254 of its members (MMDAs) to “stand together as locals to destroy the hold of corruption before corruption destroys us.”

 

Below is the full statement;

A PRESS RELEASE BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF GHANA (NALAG) ON THE CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN DAY OF DECENRALISATION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT (TADDL)

10TH AUGUST, 2018

The Celebration of the Africa Day of Decentralisation and Local Development (JADDL) originates from the provision of Article 20 of the African Charter of values and principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development adopted on June 27, 2014, requesting states parties to commemorate the African Day of Decentralisation and Local Development (TADDL) on 10th August every year to promote the values and principles of the charter on the basis of the African Union’s General Theme for the year. Thus in relation to the theme of the African union of 2018 entitled “Combatting Corruption; a sustainable path for African’s transformation”. The theme: “Fighting Corruption at the Local level, a sustainable way to transform Africa within its territories,” is dedicated to the celebration of this years’ African Day of Decentralisation and Local Development.

It is against this background that the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) would like to wish all our members who are the 254 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) well as we celebrate this year’s Day. In other to have a sustainable way to transform Africa from within its territories, our Assemblies must join the fight against corruption within the various MMDAs – Our Districts must be accountable, engage citizen in participatory governance, adhere to rules and regulations, and conduct proper project management.

Local Government Corruption is a phenomenon across the world which destroys the core of development. Presently, MMDAs hang in the balance as another indicator of public confidence in Local governance becomes envisage in the face of mounting corruption which is affecting the sector. Ironically, the fight against corruption is prospectively far from the actual reality in the entire system of governance. In order to find a solution that could potentially limit corrupt practices in the local government, there are measures which are considered best practices and should form the core value of dealing with corrupt officials and/or practices. Best practices such as improved access to public service, information disclosure and social audit, creation of action groups, strengthening internal control systems, publication of annual audit report to the public as well as people’s right to information bills are very necessary to combating the growing levels of corruption in the local levels.

Most contracts and projects that are awarded in various Districts are rather shrouded in secrecy. This does not allow the public to perform their role of social audit into these projects and contracts. In order to facilitate accountability and transparency, citizens and civil society in local governance, ordinance or legal mechanisms can be implemented to make all District documents available to the public. Citizens may keep MMDAs in check by reviewing documents and information such as disclosure of contract and project details which will inure good social audit before, during and after specific projects. The disclosure should describe the project so that local communities and civil society organizations (CSOs) can monitor whether the project assistance reaches its intended beneficiaries.

Secondly, the demand for information from Local Authorities can be only predicated on the Right to Information Bill (RTI). It is for this essence that NALAG is passionately calling on Parliament to hasten the passage of the RTI which has been before the House since 2013. Passing the bill will encourage citizens within the Districts to exercise their rights to request for information to curb practices such as administrative silence, on relevant information required by citizens.

Thirdly, it is very necessary for MMDAs to strengthen internal control systems. This may include; ensuring accuracy of information, promoting operational efficiency of the MMDAs to avoid waste of resources and providing an important medium to undertake tasks and achieve satisfactory performance, compliance with laws and regulations for onward attainment of organizational objectives, as well as safeguarding of assets. Assets should be protected from misuse, theft or misappropriation.

Publication of annual reports is one essential aspect of fighting corruption. Local authorities (MMDAs) must adhere to the legal requirement of publishing annual reports for the citizens to get abreast with the District’s activities and expenditures.

Another major anti-corruption measure is conducting of project procurement–related audits (PPRAs). PPRAs will help to detect fraudulent and corrupt practices relating to procuring goods and services. PPRAs must be conducted to review project procurement, financial management, contract implementation, and project management practices and any potential procurement risk.

Corruption maims, destroys and cripples development. Corruptions at the local level disrupts the progress of the country from the grassroots and therefore it affects the very lives that we intend to change in our various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). Let’s stand together as locals to destroy the hold of corruption before corruption destroys us.

SIGNED

HON. KOKRO AMANKWAH

GENERAL SECRETARY, NALAG

 

Source: Modern Ghana Online

AKUFO-ADDO NOMINATES 38 MDCES

President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has accordance with Article 243(1) of the Constitution and section 20 (1) of the Local Governance Act, nominated thirty-eight (38) Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) to the newly created municipal and district Assemblies across the country.

This was disclosed in a statement signed and issued by Local Government Minister, Hon Hajia Alima Mahama.

The statement also directed the “respective Regional Ministers to liaise with the regional Electoral Commission to conduct the confirmation process of the nominated Chief Executives in their regions.”

The nominees needs the approval of two-thirds of their respective assemblies before they can assume office as MDCEs.

MMDA CAPITAL MDCE  
ASHANTI REGION      
Oforikrom Municipal Oforikrom Gloria Temmah Gambrah  
Kwadaso Municipal Kwadaso Richard Agyenim Boateng  
Old Tafo Municipal Old Tafo Fred Owusu Obeng  
Asokwa Municipal Asokwa Akwanuasah Gyimah  
Suame Municipal Suame Dr John Osei Bobie Boahin  
Juaben Municipal Juaben Kwadjo Ansah-Sem  
Ahafo Ano South West Dist Dwinyama/Adugyama Patrick Adusei  
Amansie South District Manso Adubia Nii Lartey Ollenu  
Atwima Nwabiagya North Dist Barekese Rebecca Yeboah  
Akrofuom District Akrofuom Maurice Jones Woode  
Adansi Asokwa District Adansi Asokwa Andrew Adu Boahene  
Obuasi East District Tutuka Faustina Amissah  
Afigya Kwabre North District Boamang Christian Adu-Poku  
       
BRONG AHAFO REGION      
Pru West District Prang Joshua Kweku Abonkra  
Berekum West District Jinijini Martin Obeng Adjei  
       
CENTRAL REGION      
Assin North District Assin Bereku Charles Ohene Andoh  
Gomoa East District Potsin Solomon Darko-Quarm  
       
EASTERN REGION      
Okere District Adukrom Daniel Kenneth  
Atiwa East District Anyinam Isaac Akomaning Asamoah  
Fanteakwa South District Osino Adjabeng Kwasi Ntori  
Asene Manso Akroso Manso Alex Incoom  
Abuakwa North Municipal Kukurantumi    
New Juaben North Mun Effiduase Isaac Apaw-Gyasi  
       
GREATER ACCRA      
Okaikwei North Municipal Abeka Boye Laryea  
Ablekuma North Municipal Darkuman Kokompe Kofi Ofori  
Ablekuma West Municipal Dansoman George Cyril Bray  
Ayawaso East Municipal Nima Hajia Salma M. Sani  
Ayawaso North Municipal Accra New Town Aminu Mohammed Zakari  
Ayawaso West Municipal Dzorwulu Sandra Owusu Amankwah  
Ga North Municipal Ofankor Getrude Ankrah  
Weija Gbawe Municipal Weija Patrick Kumor Kwesi Brako  
Tema West Municipal Tema Community 22 Adwoa Amoako  
Krowor Municipal Nungua Joshua Nii Bortey  
       
NORTH REGION      
Nanton District Nanton Abubakari Halhiramani  
Bunkprugu-Nakpanduri District Yunyoo Alhaji Abdul- Mujeed Duuti  
       
UPPER EAST      
Bolgatanga East District Zuarugu Emmanuel Abugre Abola  
Tempane District Tempane Paul Abugri Azumah  
       
WESTERN REGION      
Effia Kwesimintsim Mun Kwesimintsim Kojo Acquah

 

Source: Ghanadistricts.com

MINISTERS, OTHER APPOINTEES BANNED FROM FOREIGN TRAVELS

The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has banned all ministers and their deputies from embarking on foreign travels.

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and all Heads of Government Agencies have also been affected by the ban.

The temporary suspension is to take immediate effect, a statement signed by Chief of Staff, Frema Osei-Opare stated.

It is unclear what prompted the decision as no reason was given.

The memo, which was signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare said the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey is exempted from the directive.

GA WEST MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY PICKS PRESIDING MEMBER

Mr Love Alistar, the Assembly Member for Amasaman Electoral Area has been elected as the Presiding Member (PM) for Ga West Municipal Assembly.

He polled 20 votes while his contestant, Mr Kwame Appiah, Assembly Member for Mayera had five votes whilst one vote was rejected.

The election was keen as the two contenders could not meet the two-thirds majority vote requirement until the fifth round of voting, where Mr Alistar emerged the victor.

Mr Michael Boamah, the Electoral Commissioner for Ga West in an interview with the Ghana News Agency lauded the assembly members for bringing the election of the PM to a close after the hectic five times voting, and expressed the hope that it would take long for Mr Alistar to be sworn into office.

Mr Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkinson, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ga West asked the assembly members to cooperate with the newly elected PM for the speedy development of the municipality.

Mr Elias K. Mensah, the Ga West Municipal Coordinating Director expressed happiness for the election of the PM, which he said would facilitate the work of the Assembly to bring progress for the area.

Source: Ghanadistricts.com