The Civil Society Organizations CSOs platform for Good Governance has noted with dissatisfaction, president Nana Akuffo Addo’s decision to keep Metro, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCES) in acting capacities for close to a year thereby creating confusion in the minds of Ghanaians.
The platform observed that the nagging questions on the minds of many are whether the MMCEs in their acting capacities are serving their second term as per provisions of article 246 or not?
According to the platform the current situation had weakened the executive authority in the assemblies and has subsequently affected the legislative and deliberative powers and functions of the assemblies.
Addressing a press briefing on the appointment of the MMDCE, Mohamed Awal Alhassan, who is the Executive Director of NORSAAC, said successive governments had showed little commitment to decentralization and local governance and this has been further compounded by the lack of commitment from the NPP and NDC together with the disinterest of citizens in the operation of the assemblies.
“We note with dissatisfaction, the President, H.E. Nana Akuffo Addo’s decision to keep MMDCEs in acting capacity for close to a year and creating confusion in our minds as to whether they are serving their second term as per the provision of article 246 (2) of the 1992 constitution which stipulates the terms of office of MMDCEs, he stated adding “the so-called acting capacity of MMDCEs has weakened the executive authority of the assemblies and that was negatively impacting on development since the MMDCEs are either working from home or in secludes places making citizens interactions with local authorities challenging if not impossible.”
The Civil Society Organizations CSOs platform for Good Governance while demanding that the fourth quarter of the 2020 District Assembly Common Fund be released without further delays alongside the first, second and third for 2021, also wants the president as a matter of urgency, release names of his appointees and by showing commitment to the 30% gender cap and inclusivity .
“The President as a matter of urgency should release names of his appointees for all the 256 MMDAs and further ensure that the list is gender balanced and inclusive. At least 30% of MMDCEs in every region should be females.” Dan Botwe too as Minister for Local Government must be shown for gross incompetence in this regard for sleeping on the job,” the platform demanded
The Civil Society Organizations platform for Good Governance is made up of CSOs including NORSAAC, the Center for Active Learning, CALID and the Ghana Development Communities Association (GDCA) among others operating in the Northern Region.
Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti