Paul Evans Aidoo
ALL the 27 Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the Brong-Ahafo Region have attended a two-day orientation workshop in Sunyani, the regional capital.
The capacity building workshop, organised by the Regional Coordinating Council, was to among other things, afford the chief executives the unique opportunity to discuss and devise innovative ways of achieving improved and sustained development for the region. It marked the first formal meeting and interaction with the Regional Minister, following their appointments.
Speaking at the opening session, the Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, asked MDCEs to see their appointments as a privilege to represent the President and the government at the local level and serve the people by using the opportunity given them to drive the developmental agenda of their districts.
Mr. Aidoo explained that the workshop had been designed to prepare and equip the MDCEs adequately, as some of them are new to the Local Government system and also coming from different backgrounds.
That, he said, would help them to know the intricacies of Local Government administration to enable them manage their respective assemblies efficiently and effectively.
‘… I believe this learning experience will equip you with the requisite knowledge and skills to positively impact the lives of the people in your localities, the main reason for which you have been appointed as Municipal and District Chief Executives,’ he added.
The Regional Minister said the MDCEs were coming into office at a time the districts are confronted with multifaceted challenges, including sanitation and environmental issues, low revenue generation, coupled with leakages, lack of infrastructural development, the high rate of youth unemployment, accompanied with the high perception that Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) are corrupt, among others.
He therefore charged them to embark on innovative ways to generate more revenue internally and avoid the overdependence on the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and other grants.
He also advised them to apply the funds generated judiciously to give true meaning and relevance to the mandate Ghanaians have entrusted into their hands.
On the composite budgeting, Mr. Aidoo expressed regret that majority of the assemblies do not collaborate with the core stakeholders before preparing the budgets. As a result, the decentralized departments do not feel like being a core part of the process, thereby raising concerns about the ownership of the budget.
To address this, he entreated them to ensure that all stakeholders, including the heads of departments, are engaged in the preparation of the composite budget from start to finish in compliance with GIFMIS.
The Minister further tasked the Chief Executives to make every effort to create enabling environments for business and investment to thrive so that employment can be generated for the youth.
As part of the programme, the MDCEs were taken through topics such as Leadership for local government development, Planning and budgeting processes, Ghana Social Opportunity Project (GSOP), Sources of local financing, Internal auditing, Administrative procedures and motivation.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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