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Government urged to revamp sub-district structures

By
Iddi Yire/Ernestina Asante, GNA

Accra, Aug. 11, GNA –
Dr Eric Oduro Osae, a local governance expert, has urged the government to
revamp the sub-district structures in the various metropolitan, municipal and
district assemblies (MMDAs).

He said strengthening
sub-district structures such as Urban/Town/Zonal Councils and the Unit
Committees would enhance the performance of the various MMDAs at the community
level, which would further deepen Ghana’s democratic governance.

He said currently the
non-functioning of the sub-district structures; especially the Unit Committees
was hampering the socioeconomic development of the country.

Dr Osae made the
appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday, on the sideline of
a day’s sensitisation workshop on the new Local Governance Act (Act 936).

The workshop,
organised by the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) was on the theme,
“Sensitisation of Non-State Actors: Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and
Traditional Authorities on the Local Governance Act (Act 936) and the Revised
Planning and Budgeting Guidelines for MMDAs”.

It was attended by
traditional rulers, assembly members, representatives of CSOs and the media.

The purpose for the
workshop was to sensitise traditional authorities and CSOs on the content of
the new law and how they could be involved in the local governance process.

Act 936, which was
passed by Parliament in December 2016, provides for local governance in
accordance with the 1992 Constitution; to establish a Local Governance Service,
provide for the establishment and administration of the District Assemblies
Common Fund.

It seeks to provide
for a National Development Planning System; to define and regulate planning
procedures of District Assemblies, to coordinate, facilitate, monitor and
supervise internal audit activities within District Assemblies and related
matters.

Dr Osae urged the
various MMDAs to ensure the operationalisation of the sub-district structures
to ensure the smooth implementation of the decentralisation programme.

He also urged
traditional rulers to develop keen interest in the administration of MMDAs in
their jurisdiction; stating that, “They should ensure that whatever happens in
the assembly, they are in the know”.

“The reason is that,
their citizens will never forgive them if they allow the assembly not to
develop the area,” he added.

He said aside the
District Assemblies Common Fund; the MMDAs were capable of generating revenues
from the market and from companies operating in their domain.

Madam Gladys Gillian
Naadu Tetteh, the Deputy Executive Director of CLGA, cautioned Ghanaians that
under Act 936, an individual would be jailed for up to three years for
littering the city.

She said the workshop,
which was the seventh of regional series would be replicated in the Northern,
Upper East and West Regions.

Tsitsi-Tse Nii Okang
Nmashie IV, Teshie Mankralo, who is also an Assembly Member of the Ledzokuku
Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA), expressed gratitude to CLGA for enlightening
them on the Act 936.

GNA

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