January 18, 2014

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower West Akim, Madam Gifty Klenam, has said she would table a motion in Parliament for a debate on the high expenditure of National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

She said the financial strength of any organization like NALAG depended on efficient acquisition and management of its resources.

Mad Klenam said there were six metropolitan, 49 municipal and 161 district assemblies in the country, whose ultimate goal was to fast track socio-economic development under the decentralization programme.

“It goes without saying that cutting down general expenses to the minimum will help NALAG achieve its noble objectives,” she said.

Madam Klenam said this at the West Akim Municipal Assembly’s last session for 2013, at Asamankese in the Eastern Region, during a heated debate on NALAG’s funds and its high spending.

Mr. Moses Timpo Ofori, Presiding Member (PM) of the assembly, had delivered a report on NALAG’s Conference held in November 2013 at Sunyani.

The 47-member assembly wanted Mr. Ofori to describe in detail policies, procedures, rules and regulations in business correspondence, personnel and financial administration of NALAG.

These include NALAG’s supply of dairies, calendars and feeding fees for the MMDA chief executives who attended the conference.

The Assembly described NALAG’s purchase of motorbikes for the assemblies as “cut throat” prices and the cost would deducted from the Assemblies’ Common Fund.

The assembly members said they were not happy with the “unsatisfactory report” on NALAG’s uncontrolled expenditure and registered their dissatisfaction with the performance of the budgetary operations of the Association.