November 13, 2018
President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on Members of Parliament (MPs) and  Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to work together to create dignified, productive lives for Ghanaians.

According to the President the coming into force of the 4th Republic the nation has embarked on a path of gradual decentralization as a drive force for development.

And further added that the cooperation between MPs and MMDCEs is a condition for a successful journey.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 10th November, 2018, when he addressed a joint workshop of MPs and MMDCEs from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

He further added that having been a three term Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, he has first-hand knowledge of the relationship, cordial or otherwise between MPs and MMDCEs and its impact on the well being of Ghanaians.

“Given that we have an urgent, pressing need to develop Ghana, we cannot entertain distractions occasioned by intractable conflicts between our MPs and MMDCEs,” he said.

The new paradigm of effective governance demand maximum cooperation between Chief Executives and Members of Parliament (MPs), the closer and more sincere will be the co-operation between the two principal actors the greater and more extensive will be for development, the President said.

Government’s policies such as “cedi equivalent for one million dollars per constituency per year, planting for Food and Job, one village one dam and one distort one factory”, requires maximum co-operation from MPs and MMDCEs for its effective implementation.

“The two groups of you must help device new ways of increasing the share of Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of the Assemblies to augment what the Central Government is able to provide. Government commits to evolve policy and law to create an enabling environment to facilitate these efforts,” the President added.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/