Traditional Authorities have been urged to encourage and throw their weight behind competent and capable individuals in their communities to avail themselves for the position of assembly members.
This is necessary because assembly members as development agents in the communities must work in tandem with them especially in undertaking developmental projects in their communities.
Mrs Ellen Nyarko Appiah-Osei, the District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Abura Asebu Kwamankesse (AAK) district of the Central Region who made the call said as part of their mandate, Assembly members must meet chiefs and discuss challenges of their Areas and draft proposals to be executed by their Assemblies.
Mrs Osei said this when she addressed chiefs and elders of Asebu Traditional Council during their council meeting on Tuesday as part of series of sensitisation programmes of the NCCE aimed at educating the public on local government participation.
She advised the electorates to vote for individuals who resided in the community as assembly members as they would be in a better position to understand their plight.
She discouraged the situation, where monies were taken from aspiring assembly members before voting for them saying “these people will at the end of the day find ways of recouping their monies during their service to the nation”.
Responding to a suggestion by Nana Kwaw Abada II, Gyaasehene of Brafoyaw Traditional Area that Assembly members be given end of service package, Mrs. Osei indicated that it was being considered since the end of service packages given them were usually not enough.
She announced that from January 2020, the 1992 constitution would be amended to include;the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) pending the outcome of a referendum.
This she explained, would offer citizens the opportunity to vote for their preferred individuals as chief executives of the district.
Mrs Osei added that MMDCEs played vital roles in nation building, adding that they supported developmental initiatives and served as checks on abandoned national projects.
She urged the chiefs to join hands in fighting corruption as that stalled national development.
Nana Kwaw Abada suggested to government to consider giving Assembly members an end of service package since they were not paid to help curb corrupt practices in the Assemblies.