Don’t wait for Common Fund- Minister admonish MMDCEs

Source: Lansah Lolly :


The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama has admonished MMDCES to move away from the over-reliant of the District Assembly Common Fund but develop mechanism for revenue mobilizations.
She said, the trend must be change to make the assemblies more innovative to generate their revenue for development projects, adding that, waiting for the district Assembly common fund is making many assemblies dormant in executing their developmental programs.
Opening a five-day orientation programme for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on Monday, Hajia Alima insisted that, revenue mobilizations is a key component of the assemblies but unfortunately, many assemblies have failed in this area.
“We want this trend reversed. Assemblies must develop revenue mobilizations mechanism for increased revenue mobilization”.
The orientation programme, which is being attended 200 MMDCEs is to equip them the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively lead the decentralisation process in the Ghana.
The Local Government and Rural Development Minister said the NPP Government is poised to sanitise the local government system by ensuring that is effective institutional coordination and harmonisation.
She said would be effective coordination of funding and development partner support as well as deepening of the platform for policy coordination and harmonisation.
Hon Hajia Alima said, to ensure effective delivery and an improved performance monitoring system rolled-out by the government, “all MMDCEs would receive reporting templates and formats to guide them in submitting periodic reports on their activities as per a performance contract to be signed for continuous monitoring”.
She said the Ministry had initiated a process of reviewing the current National Policy of Decentralisation to accommodate the new reforms and policy directions.
Again, the Ministry had constituted a team to come up with proposals in consultation with key stakeholders in the local government sector to review and reconcile all enabling legal framework hampering the true implementation of effective decentralisation in Ghana.
Hajia Alima Mahama said among the laws to be reviewed was the recently passed Local Government Act 936 of 2016, the Local Government Financial Memoranda of 2004, and the Model Standing Orders for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.


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