MMDAs urged to initiate pragmatic programmes

A local government expert has urged the leadership at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to initiate programmes and policies that could turn the fortunes of all the 216 districts around.
“We only create district assemblies because we find them as viable economically, and is up to the leadership to turn the fortunes around and stop overdependence on central government,” Eric Oduro Osae, the local government expert stated.
He made the call at an orientation ceremony for members of the newly constituted Audit Committee of the MMDAs.
It has been set up to implement the recommendations of both internal and external auditors to save the assemblies of wanton misuse, misappropriation and misapplication of state resources.
The committee is to ensure that personnel found culpable were dealt with internally to avoid the continual appearance of district assemblies before the Public Account Committee.
The members were taken through the dictates of the provisions and sanction of the Public Financial Management Act and the Audit Committee guidelines for 2017.
The members discussed the election of district chief executives to ensure security of tenure to engender much more confidence in the execution of their mandate.
Mr Osae explained that the Office of the Local Government Service had readily made available the needed human resources to engineer the growth and development of the assemblies for effective local governance in the country.
He wondered why people who indulged in crime were only transferred without any penal measures adding, “such officers must look for monies to pay and we cannot allow negligence of officers to affect development, the average Ghanaian should not suffer”.
Mr Osae lamented that most judgment debts came as a result of negligence of officers of the district assemblies and encouraged staff to exercise their responsibility in loyalty and service to nation devoid of malpractices.
According to him, “new bills on health and education are underway to help assemblies monitor as well as commit resources to the key sectors”.
Mr Francis Adu Nimako, a member of the committee with oversight responsibilities on Jomoro, Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) and Prestea Huni Valley districts noted that the training was relevant since it would expose them to the scope and working responsibility of each member. -GNA

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