August 22, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Kade, Ofosu Asamaoh is proposing that government’s quota of 30% appointees to district assemblies must be made up of skilled technical people whose work will positively enhance the capacity of the assemblies.

According to him, most government appointees to the various district assemblies over the years have been persons who have no skills in specialized fields, but are appointed only on the basis of them being loyal party members.

Per the1992 Constitutional arrangement, Article 242, which is a regulation which set up the district assembly concept, the government of the day is required to appoint 30 percent of the assembly members to the various district assemblies.

Speaking on AdomFM’s Dwaso Nsem programme on Monday 22nd August 2011, the Member of Parliament for Kade, Ofosu Asamaoh notes that the district assemblies are the agents of development, and organs for revenue generation and mobilization and it is important that professional are appointed by government to help the assemblies realize its objectives.

He says the appointees must lead the various assemblies to venture into economic ventures which will generate income to run the activities of the districts, rather than the assemblies relying solely on the District Assemblies Common Fund, which sometimes takes a long time to be disbursed.

Hon. Ofosu Asamoah notes that government’s decision to implement a composite budget system for MMDAs before the end of the year which will enable them become directly answerable to their budget proposals at the local levels is most welcome, but will also require the efforts of technical people at the assemblies to ensure its effectiveness.

By : Kwadwo Anim/