LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DEPARTMENTS OF DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES) (COMMENCEMENT) INSTRUMENT, 2009 (L.I. 1961)
The Local Government (Departments of District Assemblies) (Commencement) Instrument, 2009 (“the Instrument”) seeks to operationalise the decentralized departments at the district level as the Departments of the District Assemblies (DAs). Under section 161 (1) of the Local Government Act, 1993, Act 462,22 decentralized departments at the district level are to cease to exist in their present form and then reconstituted through a series of mergers into 16 Departments in the Metropolitan Assemblies, 13 in the Municipal Assemblies and 11 in the District Assemblies under section 38 of the Act. However, under section 164 of Act 462, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development was vested with the power to determine when the old Departments were to cease to exist and the new Departments come into existence. Section 164 provides as follows: “The Minister of Local Government] shall by legislative instrument prescribe the date for the coming into force of sections 38 and 161 of this Act.”
Ghana is urbanizing rapidly. Yet, the country lacks a comprehensive urban policy for guiding the growth and development of its towns and cities. Consequently, the rapid pace of urbanization is taking place within a context in which the growth of the cities and towns is occurring with little or no direction.
We the People of Ghana,IN EXERCISE of our natural and inalienable right to establish a framework of government, which shall secure for ourselves, and posterity the blessings of liberty, equality of opportunity and prosperity.