‘Decentralisation potential for good governance’

Prof. Adei

Prof. Adei

Decentralisation is yet to fully realise its potential as an instrument of development and good governance.

This is due to the politicisation of local governance in the winner-takes-all situation has weakened the citizenry involvement in running of local governance.

Professor Stephen Adei, the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the Ashesi University made this known at the Fourth Bi-annual Professional Conference organised by the Office of the Head of Local Government Service Secretariat (OHLGS) at Ho.

The three-day conference is on the theme: ‘Transforming Ghana through effective leadership, coordination and implementation of government’s policies at the decentralised level in the 30 years of Ghana’s decentralisation’.

It brought together more than 400 professionals within the regional coordinating councils (RCCs) and metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs).

The conference is expected to lead to the realisation and identification of options to address challenges in the implementation of policies and systems in line with the Service’s mandate.

Prof Adei explained that the political leadership and the central bureaucracies had shown commitment to effective decentralisation but failure to achieve the anticipated citizenry engagement in local governance was disturbing.

“Strong political will, qualitative improvement of leadership in local governance, reducing bureaucracy, building capacity of local administrations, adequate mobilisation of resources, curbing corruption, enhancing citizens and engagement in the decentralised process are the major roadmaps needed to achieve effective decentralisation.

“The President’s agenda of the creation of the new regions as well as the referendum to be held next year on the election of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives are landmarks in the history of local governance in the country,” Prof Adei pointed out.

Dr Ato Arthur, the Head of the OHLGS, observed that the Local Government Service had developed a system derived on inter-service, sectoral collaboration and cooperation to ensure collaboration and coordination of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, public service institutions, state owned enterprises and private institutions to generate synergies towards the achievement of objectives in a mutually beneficial manner at all levels.

He requested the offices of the Senior Minister to support the implementation of the Inter-Service, sectoral collaboration and cooperation system by ensuring a buy-in of all institutions at the national, regional and district levels. -GNA

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