Govt appointees asked to be proactive in assigned roles

Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Govt and Rural Devt

Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of Local Govt and Rural Devt

A researcher at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Isaac Owusu has charged the appointed assembly members to work hard and make the government popular since they are accountable to the government and not anybody.

In an exclusive interview shortly after the orientation programme for the appointed assembly members within the Central Region jointly organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) as well as the Inter Ministerial Coordinating Committee (MCC) on Local Government, he advised the government appointees to be proactive in their assigned roles.

“They are government appointees so they should remember that they are presenting the government at the electoral area,” he observed.

Mr. Owusu appealed to the government to equip district assembly members so that they effectively discharge their duties.

Some of them complained bitterly about nonpayment of salaries as well as means of transport to the assembly.

Mr Owusu appealed to the government to do everything possible to help the assembly members to achieve their aims.

He explained the orientation programme is to train the appointed assembly members on how they can work efficiently and effectively on their various assemblies.

The appointed assembly members were taken through the overview of the local governance Act (2016), revenue mobilisation, committee system, the standing order, ethics in the assembly, roles and responsibilities of district assembly functionaries among others.

Mr Owusu said so far they have trained appointed assembly members in the six regions and hope all the 216 municipal, metropolitan and district assemblies in the country will be trained.

Mr. Jonathan Azasoo, a Deputy Director of the National Development Planning Committee (NDPC) noted that since the newly appointed assembly members are new and do not know much about operation of the assembly, there is  the need for his outfit to guide them so that they will be acquainted with the dos and don’ts.

He admonished both elected and appointed assembly members to collaborate fully to a peaceful coexistence, urging them to help their various assemblies to form formidable database to ensure increase in revenue mobilisation internally. –



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