Do due dilligence in choosing MMDCEs — Ahwoi

Prof Kwesi AhwoiA local government expert has tasked the nation to do due diligence in choosing Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, said competency, efficiency and in-depth knowledge of the decentralisation concept “must always be the key considerations in the nomination and election of the MMDCEs”.

The local government concept, he said, provided the basis for the realisation and achievement of Ghana’s development objectives, and that it was necessary to engage competent people to handle related activities to help bring governance to the doorstep of the masses.

Addressing a workshop for directors of agriculture of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in Kumasi, Prof. Ahwoi, said the brain behind Ghana’s renowned decentralisation concept, which brought into being the Local Government Act 462, advocated a national consensus on the decentralisation policy.

The programme, organised under the auspices of MOFA, was aimed at  sensitising the participants on their roles and responsibilities, under the decentralisation concept, for sustainable agricultural growth.

“Monitoring, Evaluation and Implementation of Agricultural Programmes and Projects,” “Strengthening Technical Linkages and Backstopping,” “Agricultural Statistics and Importance,” “Understanding Functions of District Departments of Agriculture (LI 1961),” and “Investment Opportunities in Ghanaian Agriculture,” were some of the topics discussed.

Prof. Ahwoi, said that with the frequent changes in government, particularly under the Fourth Republican Constitution, culminating in the changes in structures and personnel, it would not be out of place for the nation to continue looking for comprehensive measures to engender continuity in policies.

He stressed the need to strengthen the local government system  to consolidate the gains, to improve the lives of the people.

Prof. Ahwoi advised the directors to liaise effectively with heads of the other decentralised departments, to deepen healthy working relationships for the achievement of their objectives.

Dr. Calistus Mahama, head of the Local Government Service Secretariat, asked the participants to take the workshop seriously, in order to be conversant with what was expected of them in local governance.–


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