Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama has appealed to assembly members in the country to try as much as possible to approve president’s nominees for the position of metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
There have been some agitations concerning the President’s nominees for the positions of MMDCEs by some party faithfuls, chiefs and assembly members.
But, the Minister indicated that, more than hundred of them may have qualified for the post in each district, but noted that, not all of them will be given the post in the end.
She said this in an exclusive interview with News Ghana at the occasion of a review conference for chief Directors and Directors of the heads of local government service, held in Kumasi.
According to her, president consulted, and critically scrutinised the various aspirants for the MMDCE posts before the nomination, and there is the need for the assembly members to approve them.
She therefore called on party faithfuls, chiefs and assembly members to exercise patience since the MMDCE posts is not the only appointment left.
She said, delay in approving the nominees will definitely affect development negatively in the various assemblies.
According to her, government has many policies to implement in the various assemblies, and if nominees approval delays, it will be difficult for the government in the absence of the MMDCEs.
The Minister also called on Chief Directors and District coordinating Directors to support regional Ministers; and MMDCEs, having been confirmed with their experience to help them perform whilst calling them to provide transparent, accountable, insightful and exemplary leadership in guiding them in the cause of their duties.
The Head of Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, also urged the MMDAs to use ICT and digital mapping system to improve their revenue mobilisation.
According to him, most assemblies over rely on central government for funds, but noted that, if the assemblies could improve their potentials in revenue collection through ICT and digital mapping system, will help to improve their revenue source identification and collection thereby reducing the over reliance, indicating that, this has been his vision to improve the revenue mobilisation in the MMDAs.
On the issue of government policy to have MMDCEs elected, he said, key staff of the MMDAs will be oriented and positioned to provide the necessary support for the policy to take off.
By : Sammy Adjei / Newsghana.com.gh