‘Let decisions of assemblies reflect aspirations of citizenry’

 Dr Arthur

Dr Arthur

Dr Nana Ato Arthur, the Director of the Local Government Service, has encouraged various assemblies to make judicious use of internally generated funds (IGF) to reflect the developmental needs of the people they serve.

He explained that property rate, market tolls and other revenue that the assemblies generated must be used for specific projects and inscribed  with ‘IGF Funded Project’ as was with the HIPC project in 2008 to enable the citizenry to see the results of the revenue contributions to the assemblies.

Dr Arthur, who was speaking at the confirmation ceremony of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the newly created Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly, noted that participatory local governance meant that the citizenry took part in all decision making processes and projects to reflect their aspirations and needs.

Kojo Acquah, the MCE received an overwhelming endorsement from all the 20 assembly members in an election supervised by the Electoral Commission.

Dr Arthur said the process of confirmation was over, there was only one MCE and all must rally behind him to ensure development at the local level.

“It is about time we put partisan politics aside and worked holistically for the development of the country,” he added.

Dr Arthur entreated the assembly members to always handle their internal strife properly for amicable solutions rather than resorting to the media to aggravate political tension.

John Davis, the Presiding Member of the Assembly said the assembly status as a municipality meant development must be harnessed for the good of all, adding that “we owe the citizenry a responsibility of providing services geared towards improving their socio-economic lives”.

He appealed to the assembly members to fully support the new MCE in bringing development to the people.

Gifty Eugenia Kusi, Deputy Western Regional Minister, said another milestone in the history of Ghana’s decentralisation had been achieved and the creation of the 38 new districts was to strengthen the process of local governance, participation and development.

Mr Acquah after taking the oaths of allegiance, secrecy and official oath administered by the Regional Minister Dr Kwaku Afriyie pledged to work hard to alleviate poverty, squalor and diseases among the communities to raise the living standards of the people.  -GNA

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