The Minister cutting the tape to commission the office complex
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Akwasi Oppong- Fosu, has commissioned a 5-storey office complex for the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) at a brief ceremony last Wednesday.
The funds for the construction of the office complex, referred to as NALAG House, was raised from 2% deductions of MMDAs share of the Common Fund and support from international partner, German Development Corporation (GIZ).
Mr. Oppong- Fosu described the office complex, which is located at Okponglo, South Legon, Accra, as an edifice borne out of determination and direction from good leadership.
Onetime President of NALAG, he urged the association to resist any temptation to be complacent but make their role as an advocacy group among the MMDAs be felt through public education, seminars and workshops.
The Minister urged the current leadership to convene an emergency meeting to elect new leaders.
The Interim Chairman for the National Executive Council of NALAG, Na Abubakar Abdrahaman, disclosed that the project was started in 2006.
He observed that NALAG has enormous potentials which could be harnessed to the fullest to the advantage of the individual, the nation as well as the international community.
He urged the staff of NALAG to take advantage of the facilities to be provided in the new office complex for higher productivity.
The Acting General Secretary of NALAG, Agnes Naa Momo Lartey, paid glowing tribute to the predecessors for what she described as ‘immense contribution to consolidating the work of the association.
She also paid tribute to the former Minister of Finance, the late Baah Wiredu, through whose efforts the 2% deduction from MMDAs Common Fund was approved and implemented.
The General Secretary gave the assurance that the association would not relent in its efforts to continue to play the key role of being a lead advocacy group in the decentralization process.
Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi traced the history of the formation of the association which was in the past known as National Association of Local Councils (NALCO).
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Affotey Agbo, urged NALAG to make significant impact in the lives of the people at the grass roots level.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asunafo North, Alhaji Mohammed Kwaku Doku, who is also aspiring to the position of NALAG President, said the time had come for the association to make its impact felt among the Ghanaian populace.
By Solomon Ofori
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