Lack of MMDCEs affecting assemblies- Kyei-Baffour

Hajia Alima Mahama — Local Govrnment Minister

Hajia Alima Mahama —
Local Govrnment Minister

A local governance expert, George Kyei-Baffour, says the failure of the President to appoint substantive metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs), is having adverse effects on the administration of the various assemblies.

Mr. Kyei-Baffour opined in an interview that, President Nana Akufo-Addo should have been bounded by a timeline to nominate MMDCEs.

MMDCEs are nominated by the President pursuant to Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, Act 462.

“This country is governed within the framework of a constitution and in Article 243 (1), the prerogative is granted to the President, but unfortunately for us, we did not attach any timeline to the appointments, more especially when we are in a transition period.”

“When it happened in 2001, it took a longer period. When it happened in 2009, again, it took a longer period,” Mr. Kyei-Baffour noted.

In March 2017, the government had assured that the appointments of MMDCEs will be made by the end of that month.

This was soon followed by President Akufo-Addo nominating four metropolitan chief executives for Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale, who were approved by their respective assemblies.

They are Iddrisu Musah, also known as Musa Superior, who is Chief Executive for the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, a former Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the NPP for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony K.K Sam, also a former Western Regional Secretary of the NPP for Sekondi/Takoradi, and Osei Assibey Antwi for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.

However, 212 chief executives are yet to be nominated for the remaining assemblies, one month after the government deadline.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama had earlier disclosed that the government had finished the vetting of prospective MMDCEs at the regional level, and was validating them at the national level.

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