President Tasks District Assemblies

President Dramani Mahama (1)President John Mahama has appealed to chiefs to liaise with local government assemblies to identify potential economic resources in their areas and harness them for the empowerment and development of communities.

He said chiefs remained important elements in every sustainable development and development partners readily support groups whose proposals make provision for the involvement of traditional leaders.

President Mahama said this in an address, read by Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, at a durbar of chiefs and people of Lower Dixcove, to round off their annual Kundum festival.
The festival was under the theme “Sustaining the Environment for Development and Healthy Life.”

President Mahama cautioned assembly members not rival traditional authorities for power and recognition adding, saying, “The two must be seen as development partners complementing each other.”

There should be conscious efforts to renew the opportunity for traditional leaders to help in the mobilization of their communities and to facilitate community members and allied organizations to make informed decision about their needs, the President said.

Chiefs, the President said, should attend assembly meetings to strengthen the bond of cooperation and promote transparency and accountability in governance, while representatives of local assemblies attend traditional council meetings.

He urged chiefs to also collaborate with the assemblies in the Street and Property Naming Project and agree on names for the streets.
Nii Osah Mills, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, said the greatest challenges facing the natural resources sector weredeforestation and land degradation.

These, he said, were the results of illegal chainsaw operations, illegal mining, slash and burn agriculture, bush fires, wild fires and excessive fuel wood and harvesting.

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