… as disabled raise red flag over list

The leadership of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) has expressed dismay that only one physically challenged person was among the 216 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) nominated by the President.
It lamented that despite the numerous pleas to government that some disabled persons were among the aspirants and qualified for the position, the President left them out.

The National President of GSPD, Clifford Owusu Ansah made the lamentation in an interview yesterday.

“We are much disappointed in President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for neglecting our members in the appointment of persons to become MMDCEs in government.”

He noted: “Out of the two hundred and sixteen positions, only one member has been nominated to serve at the local government level, despite promises to increase persons with disability quota in government.”

“We are also much worried particularly that of Kwaku Twumasi Ntim who is a strong NPP member and showed interest in the Ejisu-Juaben MCE race was never considered. He was denied despite his competence and skills,”he bemoaned.

It would be recalled that President Akufo-Addo released names of nominees to become chief executives in the various districts and municipalities on Wednesday, sparking some agitations from party members in some areas. Thirty-six out of the 212 persons named by President Akufo-Addo to occupy the vacant positions of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) across the country are women.

That means, only 17 per cent of the total list is made up of women.
The Brong-Ahafo Region had the most number followed by the Greater Accra Region, with six and five women respectively.
President Akufo-Addo ahead of his election to office, gave assurances that he would appoint more female appointees to serve in his government as a way of encouraging women participation in the governance process.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment