A section of the Chief Executives at the conference
Two hundred and sixteen Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) from all regions have called for the sustenance of the fight against illegal mining to help protect the environment and major water bodies.
The appointees at the end of a three day conference in Accra, have also proposed timely supply of agricultural inputs to farmers to boost food productivity at the local level and also help to expand rural infrastructure.
The MMDCs converged to deliberate and appreciate the efforts made by government to deepen decentralisation and local governance in the country.
Pledging to ensure transparency and accountability and also strive to observe the Code of Conduct for political office holders, the Chief Executives indicated their determination to implement programmes such as Street Naming and Property Addressing System to the benefit of citizens.
They, however, requested government to establish a Rural Development Grant in their localities to help reduce the incidence of rural-urban migration, adding that development funds should be released promptly to help speed up the executions of initiated projects.
‘We shall continue to run people centered local governance and decentralised policies to create jobs and wealth for our people and shall be more proactive and innovative in mobilising resources for development at the MMDAs, especially internally generate funds,’ they affirmed.
Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner, CHRAJ, tasked the Chief Executives to refrain from indulging in acts which could amount to conflict of interest. He advised they should repent from accepting gifts from persons with the aim of returning a similar gesture in the form contract awards.
He also emphasized the need for government officials to avoid using government resources to achieve their parochial interest.
Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, also admonished the executives to execute their duties with passions and strive for excellence while they maintained their positions.
By Ernest Nutsugah
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