Upper West MDCEs Undergo Orientation

NsohA three-day orientation workshop for municipal and district chief executives (MDCEs) in the Upper West Region opened here yesterday with a call on them to be strong in taking difficult decisions that would ensure the development of their areas.

The workshop, the first of its kind in the region was to expose the MDCEs to the rudiments of the Local Government Administration and also broaden their knowledge on the composition and operations of the Local Government System in the country.

It was also aimed at ensuring that the MDCEs have the leadership qualities required to ensure the effective local level implementation of the government’s development agenda to positively affect the lives of the people.

Opening the workshop, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, said the orientation programme was part of efforts towards the rapid growth of the region through innovative measures.

He said the region would adopt a three way development plan in order to move it out of its current unenviable status as the poorest in the country, saying that would require the total support of the various MDCEs.

According to him, the numerous developmental challenges confronting the various districts in the region, would require a paradigm shift in local government operations in the area to solve, adding that progressive MDCEs would be needed to support that new thinking.

He reminded the MDCEs of their responsibility to plan for the total development of their respective district, indicating that they needed to be more proactive in managing their jurisdictions.

Dr. Nsoh said for the MDCEs to be successful with their programme of action they would have to do away with the syndrome of the “gang of three”, explaining that the gang of three was the situation where everything in the district was hijacked by the DCE, the District Coordinating Director and the District Finance officer.

Speaking on the topic, “Leading effectively at the district level,” Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, said there was the need for appointees leading the districts to think outside the box and move away from doing things as usual.

He said politics had made people believe that everything must be done for them by the government, saying it would require leaders who think outside the box to change that mentality.

Prof. Adei urged them to invest in the training of personnel to build a quality human resource base for the districts, and also diversify their income and expand their income generation activities so as to provide more sources of funding to avoid the over-reliance on central government.

“We must know that more than 70 per cent of what we want to do for the people can be done by themselves with very little support from central government,” he stressed.

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