LGS, rich human resource for decentralisation - Minister
April 27, 2021
The Minister, Hon. Dan Botwe, has said the Local Government Service possess rich human resource which could be leveraged to make decentralisation work.
This observation was made by the Minister at a conference of Regional Ministers and Regional Coordinating Directors (RCDs), organised by the Office of the Head of Local Government Service in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development in Accra.
The 3-day conference was to orient Regional Ministers and RCDs on local governance and decentralisation.
The Minister noted that the theme of conference, “Deepening Decentralisation and Local Governance for Accelerated Development: The Role of the Key Stakeholders’’, underscores the renewed commitment of the President Akufo Addo to deepened decentralisation, which is the vehicle for ensuring accelerated development in Ghana.
Thus, the re-naming of the Ministry to Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development by the president, backed by the Executive Instrument (E.I.) 12 of the Civil Service Ministries Instrument 2021.
The Minister explained that the decision by the President, which emphasised the concept of decentralisation was in fulfilment of the provision of Chapter 20, Article 240 of the 1992 Constitution.
He admitted the creation of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), which commenced in the late 1980s, opened a new chapter of Central and Local Government relationship based on participatory planning and called for citizens involvement in the decision-making process.
He continued that, the need for inclusive growth has increased significantly over the years. Thus, it has become common knowledge that sustainable development and inclusive socio-economic growth are prerequisites to make Ghana a better place to live in.
He, therefore, urged stakeholders to support the efforts of the President to ensure an effective local government structure that would deliver quality services to the people.