Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the Volta Region have beentasked to be proactive in successfully implementing government’s policies and programmes in their local assemblies to impact the lives of people.
The government has introduced flagship programmes and policies and MDCE should be conversant with them to lead the growth agenda in their respective districts.
Dr Archibald Letsa, Volta Regional Minister, tasked newly sworn-in MDCEs to lead the development agenda and sustain it, and must ensure they promote discipline, hard work, commitment, determination and dedication to achieve effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and transparency required by Local Government Service’s Service Delivery Standards.
He charged them to offer critical leadership by considering issues of common interest to generality of residents and encourage their active participation in the programmes and activities meant for enhancement of socioeconomic development of municipalities and districts.
According to Dr Letsa, by that, they would be succeeding in ensuring the government fulfilled satisfactorily, its social contract with the citizenry to promote active participation, create jobs, deliver quality health care services, education, agriculture and industrialisation of Municipal and Districts, amongst others.
“You must strictly adhere to the various Acts of Parliament and Legislative Instructions relevant to Local Governance System including Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (ACT 921) which must be studied carefully to avoid being cited for violation with its attendant unpleasant consequences to your person and office.
“As much as we would wish to take prompt decisions that would facilitate our work and development of our various Municipal and Districts, we must nonetheless be mindful they must conform to established laws and regulations because if they are violated, they will attract appropriate sanctions,” Dr Letsa cautioned.
He advised them to always inform decisions, for bad decision hastily taken although for good course may come to haunt them in a few months or years and asked them to be guided by scriptures in dealings with friends and foes alike in their new appointment.Geoffrey Badasu, Kpando Municipal Chief Executive, who spoke on behalf of the MDCEs, thanked the president for opportunity which was a call to duty and promised of their readiness to deliver on their core mandate and assured of falling on stakeholders including regional minister for support and assistance when necessary so they could work together for progress, growth and development of the region.
Prosper Afenyo, acting Regional Coordinating Director, warned the MDCEs against sleeping on the job since all eyes were on Volta, the 2020 Best Performing Region and important for them to deploy the huge resource-base; human, material, and financial required getting job done with “no failure”. -GNA