President advocates “Assemblies Without Borders” MMDAs

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo-NPP

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo-NPP

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday addressed the Conference for Chief Executives of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Accra and urged the assemblies to embrace the concept of ‘Assemblies Without Borders’ to ensure sustainable development at the local level.

 

The ‘Assemblies Without Borders’ is a peer review initiative of President Akufo-Addo aimed at encouraging the district assemblies to learn best practices from each other and form partnerships to address development challenges in their communities.

 

“Effective partnership between MMDAs, which are in close proximity to each other and located in one functional geographical area, represent the best way to dealing with issues such as sanitation, transportation, disaster management and security, amongst others,” the President said.

President Akufo-Addo said, the conference, held on the theme ‘Re-energising MMDCEs to deliver on government’s agenda’ was an opportunity to enhance the performance of the chief executives and, at the same time, help equip them with the knowledge and skills they would require.

 

“At the halfway stage of our tenure, it is important to note that our continued stay in office, well beyond 2020, is hinged on the success of our collective efforts. We have shown, over the last 21 months that the destiny of Ghana is safe in our hands. We have proven, by all accounts, to be good managers of the Ghanaian economy, and we have made significant progress in all aspects of our nation’s life”

 

“Whether it is in the economy, where we have increased the GDP growth rate from 3.6 per cent in 2016 to 8.5 per cent in 2017, and have engineered a decline in inflation and interest rates; or in education, where we have implemented the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, which has enabled 270,000 more Ghanaian youths access to Senior High School, than they otherwise would have done; or in health, where we have revived the National Health Insurance Scheme, so that the NHIS card is, once again, meaningful; or in agriculture, where we have instituted the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which ensured that, this year, we did not import a single grain of maize into the country; or in bringing relief to the Ghanaian people, and spurring on business and industry, through significant reductions of utility tariffs, contrary to the experience of the previous eight years which had witnessed only systematic increases in utility tariffs; our time in office so far has been inspiring, and has impacted positively on the life of every Ghanaian and in every part of the country” he said.

 

In spite of these modest successes, the President said if the chief executives of the various assemblies did not perform creditably in the next two years, the best efforts would come to naught.

 

He said delivering on the government’s agenda meant that the assemblies’ paid particular attention and help in the effective delivery of the government’s flagship programmes such as Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs, and the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme.

 

 

The President said the ‘One Village One Dam’ and ‘One District One Factory’ policy initiatives, like other innovative introductions to the economy, were all local initiatives they must support to ensure its success

 

“The challenge is very much for you to take advantage of these programmes to bring change to your districts. You have the opportunity, through these policies, to change your districts from places where people move from, to places where people move to, and I entreat you to help ensure the effective implementation and the sustainability of these flagship programmes in your districts, municipalities and metropolises” he said.

BY YAW KYEI

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