The Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA), a non-profit, non-sectarian organisation, which offers a platform for research, training, agenda setting, and advocacy; has launched the Second Edition of its flagship newsletter ?The Decentralisation Eye?.
The CLGA was launched together with the First Edition of the newsletter in September, 2014.
In keeping an eye on Ghana?s decentralisation process, CLGA through the newsletter has over the last quarter of 2014 monitored decentralisation implementation in Ghana and has reported on it in the Second Edition.
Significantly, the Second Edition has comprehensively reviewed the 2015 budget statement in the context of decentralisation implementation in Ghana, highlights the good works of visionaries in Ghana, analyses challenges and options for funding local government in Ghana.
As part of CLGA?s agenda of promoting activities of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), some assemblies such as Adenta Municipal and Ga West District has being published in the Second Edition of the newsletter.
Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister said in a speech read on his behalf that ?The Decentralisation Eye? is gradually picking up as the mouth piece and the eye on decentralisation process in Ghana.
He said the newsletters report would guide Parliamentarians in their deliberations on the 2015 budget statement in Parliament.
He said the centre, although quite young, with the support of stakeholders, development partners and government would do great things.
Mr Julius Debrah, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, in a speech read on his behalf urged CLGA to ensure that the next edition of the newsletter reports on the National Sanitation Day with strategies on how to improve its participation at the local level.
He commended CLGA for providing up to date information on local governance to practitioners and policy makers on timely basis for good governance.
Mr Debrah encouraged CLGA to ensure that its next edition of the newsletter features MMDAs in other regions and also give guides and advice on how to increase internally generated revenues for local governments and also whip citizen?s enthusiasm in the upcoming local government election.
Mr Benjamin Baroson Angenu, Adenta Municipal Chief Executive said the partnership between the Municipal Assembly and the CLGA had started bearing fruits, since the capacity of assembly members have been built through a training programme organised in collaboration with the centre.
Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, CLGA Executive Director in a speech read on his behalf said 2014 was significant for local government fraternity because of the preparation of the district composite budgets and conducting of the budget hearings in the 10 regions, the opening of nomination for the District Assembly Member Elections and the completion and presentation of the 2015 National Economic and Budget Statement.
The Executive Director said the non-resolution of disputes amongst local government had drastically affected revenue mobilisation drive especially the newly created districts which had the potential of affecting their chances of accessing more funds from the Districts Assemblies? Common Fund.
Dr Antwi-Danso said: ?It is the view of CLGA that the expert opinions and advices provided by the second edition of ?The Decentralisation Eye? will go a long way to reshape the policy direction of the local government and decentralisation in Ghana.?
He gave the assurance that the next edition of newsletter would focus on the National Sanitation Day to ensure that it is mainstreamed in local governance and its impact felt.