The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur yesterday tasked Co-ordinating Directors of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) not to fail in the execution and discharge of their duties assigned to them under the country’s decentralisation process.
“Because you are the direct supervisors of the staff who are employed to run the assembly, you cannot escape responsibility for administrative failures,” he indicated.
Mr Amisssah-Arthur said this at the opening of the 3rd conference of Co-ordinating Directors in Cape Coast.
The three-day programme is on the theme “Effective leadership for sustainable local level service: The role of the Co-ordinating Director”.
It is being attended by all the Chief Directors and directors of the 10 Regional Co-ordinating Councils (RCCs) and Co-ordinating directors from the various MMDAs across the country.
Mr Amissah-Arthur further stated that while chief executives of the various assemblies would be excused for their competencies when it comes to certain competencies, the Co-ordinating Directors were answerable to any lapses that may occur in the assemblies.
The chief executives, he explained, were only political representatives who rely heavily on the work of the directors who were in charge of the assemblies and the execution of government policies and programmes.
He noted that the role of the Co-ordinating Director was critical as it involves the supervision of all heads of departments to implement decisions of the assemblies as well as the mobilisation of staff for the needed development.
The Vice President expressed concern about the non-representation of women as chief directors at the various RCCs and advocated the need to encourage women within the local government service to be given the chance to contribute their quota at that level.
He indicated the need for the country to pay close attention to the effective functioning of the sub-district structures if the decentralisation programme was to have any meaning since the structures form the heartbeat of the nation’s decentralisation programme.
He urged directors to prepare roadmaps for their chief executives by the end of 2016 that would ensure that all sub-structures comprising sub-metropolitan district, urban and zonal councils as well as unit committees were operational in terms of membership, functions, financing and service delivery.
Such roadmaps, he explained, should be made as one of the performance indicators in assessing the performance of coordinating Directors by the Local Government Service.
On the recent street naming exercise, Mr Amissah-Arthur expressed concern about the way some streets with historical perspectives were removed as a result of the mechanised re-naming without recourse to historical facts and that, he explained, had erased certain history of some locations.
Other street names, he also said, were wrongly spelt thereby affecting the intention of the names given to such streets.
Mr Amissah-Arthur further admonished all Co-ordinating Directors to delegate responsibility to their subordinates in order for them to gather the needed experiences needed in promoting the nation’s decentralisation process.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, in a speech read on his behalf, admonished the Co-ordinating Directors to strive in becoming agents of change and drivers of development at the local levels by keeping the government’s priorities in focus.
He expressed the Ministry’s commitment in supporting the on-going programme of democratisation, decentralisation and local service delivery in the country.
He also assured of the ministry’s support in the performance of their functions of mobilising resources and coordinating the activities of other development actors for effective transformation at the district level.
The Central Regional Minister, Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, in his address, urged all RCDs and DCDs to demonstrate effective leadership qualities in the discharge of their duties to enhance the country’s decentralisation programme.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh,