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Ministry to prioritise MMDCEs training for development

Honourable Daniel Botwe, Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), has disclosed that Municipal, Metropolitan, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs)

 will be trained for better performance to deepen local governance at the local level.

 The Ministry will retool and revamp the Institute of Local Government

Studies (ILGS) to train local government functionaries and staff.

 These were in a speech by the Minister at a three-day zonal refresher training programme for 69 MMDCES in three Regions at Cape Coast in the Central Region. The programme will address challenges of managerial competencies and professionalism for better performance.

 The refresher course, categorised in four zones is a follow-up of national orientation organised for MMDCEs in Accra held last October.


 The Minister noted that except Juaben in the Ashanti Region, Adaklu, and Akatsi North in the Volta Region, all MMDCEs have been confirmed and assumed office.

 He encouraged the Chief Executives to use the training to engage their peers and the professionals to gain knowledge to improve their performance.


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Government will continue to monitor Assemblies activities- Minister

The Minister, Hon. Dan Botwe, says the Government will closely monitor all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCES) to ensure they perform their mandate for the development of their localities.

According to him, revenue mobilization, local security issues  and other Assembly matters are prior responsibilities of the MMDCEs

The MMDCEs, he emphasised, should also collaborate with chiefs to ensure proper development and peace in the area and assured that the government will keep local assemblies Chief Executives on their toes to fulfil their mandates.

Hon. Botwe said these when he called on the Oguaa Omanhen, Nana Kwesi Attah II, paramount chief of Oguaa traditional area during a 3-day workshop for MMDCEs from the Western, Eastern and Central regions.

The Minister added that Ghana has come far as a country because of rules and regulations of nananom (chiefs) and for that matter, their contribution to development cannot be over-looked.

Nana Kwesi Atta urged the MMDCEs to consult chiefs whenever they engaged in any developmental project so as to know the exact need of the people.




Source: Public Relations Unit (MLGDRD)

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MMDCES urge to aim beyond central Gov't

'As the President is working toward Ghana beyond aid, MMDCEs should also aim beyond Central Government aid'', Mr Ebo- Amoah, Head of Fiscal Development Unit of the Ministry of Finance, has said.

 He observed that as heads of Assemblies in Ghana, MMDCEs play a crucial role in the management of the budget of the Assemblies from the conceptual stage to evaluation and performance reporting.

 MMDCEs must provide the needed leadership role in the Performance Financial Management (PFM) system of the Assembly for an effective and efficient public service delivery.

 Mr Amoah made the observations in a presentation at a 3-day refresher course for MMDCEs from the Central, Eastern, and Western regions at Cape Coast in the Central Region on the topic; Local Government Revenues, Distribution, and Management of Public Funds: Internal Control and Auditing Requirements.

 He urged them to strive to adopt mechanisms to monitor and provide feedback to the citizens on revenues generated and its usage.

 Looking at the positive side, Mr Amoah noted that CODVID-19 presented MMDCEs with an opportunity to adopt information technology tools to reach out to ratepayers and automated the revenue mobilization processes to improve revenue.

 According to him, Chief Executives should have a strong leadership commitment and support to ensure improved revenue mobilization and utilization for enhanced service delivery.

 To estimate revenues of the District Assemblies, he noted the need to regularly collect, collate and update data on all economic activities to facilitate revenue projections.

 Revenue mobilized should support socio-economic development and create enabling environment for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to thrive. It catalyzes improved revenue mobilization. He added.



Guided by the Fee Fixing Guidelines issued by the Ministry, district assemblies prepare their Fee Fixing Resolution and make revenue projections on rateable data.


Source: Public Relations Unit (MLGDRD)

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