KUMASI:President to inaugurate new assemblies in June
|Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, LGRD Mins.|| |
President John Evans Atta Mills, would inaugurate the 46 newly created district and municipal assemblies on June 19, 2012, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has announced.
He said those assemblies had already been gazetted and their Legislative Instruments published for smooth take off.
The Minister said a GH¢ 42 million-budget had also been set aside to provide the needed administrative infrastructure.
Mr Ampofo was speaking at a meeting with the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi on Thursday, to update the traditional rulers on trends and happenings in the local government sector.
The Minister said, as part of efforts to improve the human resource base of the assemblies, 30,000 employees of the civil service had been transferred to the local government service.
He stressed that frantic effort was being made to recruit personnel with the requisite skills and expertise to fill vacant positions at the district level.
Mr Ampofo said Government was implementing programmes to bring development to the people, including the Functional Organization Assessment Tool and District Development Facility, the Urban Poverty Reduction Project, the Urban Environmental Sanitation Project Two, Local Government Capacity Support Project, the Ghana Social Opportunities Project, Local Enterprises and Skills Development Project, the redesigned Ghana School Feeding Programme as well as the Gender, Youth and Women Empowerment Programme.
He said redesigning and expansion of the School Feeding Programme was aimed at correcting unfairness of the previous arrangement, and it was targeted to cover 1,040,000 pupils.
The Minister appealed to traditional rulers to assist the new assemblies to identify and implement meaningful development programmes , to better the lives of the people .
Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa Professor John S. Nabila, President of the House, said the mobilization of both human and material resources for wealth creation and improvement of the quality of life of the people was dear to the hearts of chiefs.
He pledged the unflinching support and readiness of chiefs to work with the assemblies.