MMDCEs admonished to create cordial relationships with chiefs

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) have been admonished to build harmonious relationships with traditional authorities as indispensable allies to effective and efficient decentralisation.

There is the need for them and their staff to engage and create cordial relationships with their respective traditional authorities to improve the well-being of the citizenry.

Daniel Botwe, Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development gave the admonition when he officially informed the Oguaa Traditional Council about a three-day education and sensitisation workshop for MMDCEs in Central, Eastern and Western Regions in Cape Coast.

The engagement sought to orient the MMDCEs on their roles, responsibilities and introduce them to government flagship programmes, provide a common platform for experience sharing and energize them to improve performance.

Dr Botwe observed that traditional authorities had been involved in the development of their various areas since pre-colonial times, settling disputes, codifying customary laws, organising communal labour and facilitating socioeconomic development and commended them for their contributions over the years.

“Traditional authorities reflect the critical happenings on the ground and encouraged them to mobilise their people to support and assist and participate effectively and efficiently in government policies, programmes and social interventions with the chieftaincy institution more relevant today than in time past when traditional authorities are regarded as mere custodians of the culture and traditions of their people.

“The institution has taken on board developmental issues in addition to its custodian responsibilities and traditional rulers have become development agents both at the local and central government levels,” Mr Botwe asserted.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area, lauded the m ministry’s commitment, dedication and determination to empowering MMDCEs and staff towards effective and efficient performance and suggested training for MMDCEs which was essential for optimal performance, efficient and effective functioning of the structure of local government. -GNA

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