March 26, 2018

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alima Mahama, had indicted to Members of Parliament that the Ministry is required to instruct the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to cooperate with MPs in releasing funds for the payment of the procured works, goods and services.

According to the Minister, doors of the Ministry and the Administrator are open to assist in addressing peculiar challenges MPs may face regarding funds approved by Parliament for works, goods and services procured in the name of MPs.

The Ministry is expected to coordinate with the Common Fund Administrator to ensure that funds are transferred to the respective accounts in the various Districts.

Local Government and Rural Development Minister made this remarks when Muhammad Bawah Braimah, Ejura-Sekyedumase legislator wanted to know steps taken by the Ministry for MPs to access their common funds without challenges.

Base on the formula approved by Parliament, constituency projects identify by an MP are to be funded by specific amounts transferred to the Districts. Monies are transferred, to the account of the District Assemblies designated for projects goods and services and works which will be carried out at the instance of the MP, the Minister said.

“Mr. Speaker, in accordance with the constitution of the Republic of Ghana, Article 252 (2), parliament is required to annually make provision of the allocation of not less than 5 percent of the total revenues of Ghana to the District Assemblies for Development, which shall be paid in quarterly installments.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/