‘Assembly Members Common Fund critical to nat’l devt’

Mr Takyi

Mr Takyi

Bernard Oduro Takyi, the Presiding Member for Sunyani West District Assembly has reiterated the strategic role assembly members play and the need for a fund due to their status of foundation of the local governance system.

“It is critical they are resourced like any other officer of the 1992 Constitution and such measures will equip them to deliver their mandate adequately in accordance with Chapter 20 of the 1992 Constitution and the Local Governance Act, Act 936.

Mr Takyi, who is also the Lead Advocate for the Assembly Members Common Fund Initiative, explaining the rationale for their proposal noted that “our approach and advocacy seeks to plead with key stakeholders in local governance set up to find a more sustainable way of empowering assembly members to deliver on their mandate to their electoral areas”.

“In calling for the fund, the assembly members are not asking for a source of fund but a restructuring of the current five per cent earmarked for community initiated projects under the District Assemblies Common Fund.

“To ensure accountability, effective and efficient use of state funds, a proposed financial framework with checks, balances and sanctions was mentioned as a step to ensure funds are directed to the right plans and initiatives.

“Details of their proposal including usage and systems are to be developed, deliberately and discussed with state officials responsible for local governance since they are the bedrock of national development.”

“Wise, experienced and professional assembly members with right resources will be able to mobilise, initiate and ensure government policies and strategies are fully absorbed by their communities.”

“We live, sleep, eat and drink in our local communities, we are the first point of call for any celebration or sorrow in our communities, why can’t we be conduit for policy success? It is an easy thing to do if the structures are enhanced.

“The government’s commitment in ensuring metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives are elected is a bold step in ensuring grassroots accountability, probity and transparency,” Mr Takyi indicated. –kasapafmonline.com

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