Orientation workshop for MMDCEs opens in Accra

Hajia Alima Mahama.

Hajia Alima Mahama

A four-day orientation workshop for metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) across the country has opened in Accra and is expected to end on Thursday.

The workshop, among other things, is aimed at acquainting MMDCEs on the demands of their office, equip them with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective leadership at the local level, identify and discuss challenges confronted by the assemblies in the discharge of their duties.

Topics for consideration cover issues like legal, policy and planning framework on decentralisation, implementation, financial management, resource mobilisation, procurement, environment and local economic development.

On the theme, “Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunity for all through Effective Decentralisation”, the orientation is also being attended by regional ministers and would be graced by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Thursday, with sector ministers also expected to brief the MMDCEs on priority areas of the government.

Opening the workshop yesterday, the Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, said the ministry was poised to sanitise the local government system by ensuring that there was effective institutional coordination and harmonisation.

To Hajia Alima Mahama, “effective decentralisation entails the strengthening of local government institutions by investing in them with the appropriate and relevant powers, means, and manpower”, a commitment she said government placed high on its agenda.

She said the government was elected based on its policies and programmes it presented to the electorate at the 2016 polls and that they [MMDCEs] were the link between the people and the government and must play the lead role of policy implementation at the local level.

She expects discussions at the workshop to be marked by candour, maturity, respect for dissenting views and due circumspection “for I believe every idea is a useful link in the chain of progress.”

In an interview with the media, Hajia Alima Mahama, said the purpose of the meeting was for the MMDCEs to understand the task ahead of them.

“When they go back to their various assemblies, we expect that all the policy initiatives are implemented and the MMDCEs must lead that on the ground,” she stated.

Mr Kwasi Boateng Agyei, Deputy Local Government Minister on his part urged the participants to develop a very effective human relation, taking into consideration that they were there to serve the people and not to lord over them.

He said government would not compromise on accountability and urged the MMDCEs to constantly engage the people to effectively communicate government projects and why they are important to the development of the local areas.

By Julius Yao Petetsi   

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