Govt advised to patronise traditional authorities’ expertise

 Dr. Osae

Dr. Osae

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, a local government expert, has advised the government to consider seeking the advice of traditional authorities in decentralised operations of district assemblies to promote economic development.

He explained that the inclusion of traditional authorities in the decentralisation process would help the work of the district assemblies to adopt the best strategies to improve economic development, which had been a key concern to government.

Dr Osae gave the advice at a sensitisation forum organised by the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) and the Local Governance Network (LOGNet) with funding from the Inter Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC).

He noted that the Tamale forum was the last of the nationwide fora on decentralisation and that the involvement of traditional authorities would also help identify potential economic resources within the districts to complement the “One District, One Factory” policy by government to create jobs to reduce unemployment in the country.

Dr Osae stressed that “the new Local Government Act (Act 936) would create opportunity for the media to meet district chief executives (DCE) and ask questions pertaining to development of the districts to hold DCEs more accountable”.

Madam Gladys Tetteh, Deputy Executive Director for the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA), said the sensitisation is aimed at exposing non-state actors: civil society organizations (CSOs) and traditional authorities to the new entrenched laws.

She indicated that “the citizenry should be sensitised on the clauses enshrined in the new Local Government Act (Act 936) regarding persons that indiscriminately litter the environment or allow their cattle to roam on the streets”.

She explained that persons culpable for such acts under the new Local Governance Act (Act 936) would be liable to three years jail term and urged the public to act responsibly so as not to be arrested for such crimes.

Madam Tetteh appealed to civil society organisations (CSOs) and traditional authorities to disseminate the new provisions enshrined in the Act to the public to prevent them from faulting the laws to strengthen law and order in the country.

The Local Governance Act (Act 936) was passed by Parliament in 2016, which has several consulate local governance laws. -GNA



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