Nomination of MMDCEs… N/R Minister confers with NPP chairmen

Mr. Saeed

Mr. Saeed

The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, yesterday met with the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) constituency chairmen in Tamale ahead of the official announcement of the list of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives designate (MMDCE).

It has been anticipated that the much-awaited list, to be announced this week, could create chaos in some parts of the Northern Region.

This informed the Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed’s emergency meeting with the party leaders to avert any untoward situation.

Already, there were early warning signals of possible rejection of some of the President’s nominees, if those preferred by some party members were not nominated.

Some of the identified hotspots are Tolon, Savelugu, Zabzugu and Daboya Mankarigu districts, where some NPP supporters earlier accused the constituency executives of not doing due diligence during the shortlisting of applicants.

Out of the 26 district assemblies in the Northern Region, the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly is the only area that has a confirmed MCE in the person of Iddrisu Musah Superior.

Tension has also been ramping up in some districts due to the delay in the announcement.

A local governance expert, George Kyei-Baffour, this week said the failure of the President to appoint substantive MMDCEs, have affected the smooth administration of the assemblies.

Mr. Kyei-Baffour opined that, President Nana Akufo-Addo should have been bounded by some timelines 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.

Mr. Kyei-Baffour  noted that, “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 timelines to the appointments, more especially when we are in a transition period”.

In March this year, the government assured that the appointments of MMDCEs would be made by the end of that month.

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

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 headed 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 persons are yet to be nominated for the remaining assemblies a month after the government deadline.

 

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