WA: MMDAs urged to work to strengthen local governance system
The General Secretary of the National Association of Local Governance (NALAG), Mr Kokofu Amankwah has urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to make meaningful contributions during regional (NALAG) conferences to help raise the bar and ensure effectiveness of the local governance system.

Date Created : 11/9/2017 8:35:09 AM : Story Author : Cliff

According to him the decentralisation agenda and local government structure cannot be implemented without input from practitioners of MMDAs, hence the need for the association to take keen interest in various deliberations to ensure efficient implementation of policies which will help deepen the local governance system.

He was speaking at the Upper West Regional NALAG conference held in Wa yesterday.

The conference which was organized under the Theme: "The Role of Local Authorities in the Implementation of the Global Agenda" seeks to garner MMDAs to play active role in the implementation of the various global agenda.

He said the conference will help MMDAs discuss contemporary issues about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of which Ghana is a signatory. The SDG and targets, he said envisage a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive.

In order to achieve this He said it was important to incorporate the SDGs into the assemblies Medium Term Development (MTD) Plan so that by implementing the SDGs, Assemblies will as well be fulfilling the requirements of the SDGs.

Mr Amankwah further appealed to the Assemblies to identify various local economic opportunities by bringing in the local private enterprises and business people to partner them to help create an enabling business environment to help improve their revenue.

He said, the Assemblies in so doing, will help harness potential resources and to help create job opportunities for the youth, increase the earnings of the people and increase Assemblies Internally Generated Funds (IGFs) to reduce their over reliance on the District Assemblies Common fund (DACF).

Meanwhile speaking in an interview with after the conference, the Secretary also nrevealed that the conference will among other things provide an opportunity for the election of a new executive to represent the region at National level.