As Ghanaians go to polls tomorrow to elect new Assembly and Unit Committee members for the next four years, the opposition National Democratic Congres
As Ghanaians go to polls tomorrow to elect new Assembly and Unit Committee members for the next four years, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the exercise as is an integral part of governance
“This exercise is an integral part of our governance processes, and indeed forms the fulcrum of Ghana’s local and decentralization governance, which was birthed by the first government of the Fourth Republic, under the able leadership of His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings of blessed memory.”, statement from the party signed its National Chairman
Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said.
“It is against this backdrop that the next government of the National Democratic Congress under the able leadership of H.E John Dramani Mahama, will take concrete steps to bring life back to our local government system.”
“We are committed to vigorously pursuing measures and reforms, including but not limited to the following:
1. We shall take steps to revive the ailed Assemblies by abolishing the Capping and Alignment policy in order to free up the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) which will be channelled into the real development needs of the MMDAs in order to address development, including infrastructural and other needs of local areas.
2. Empower the Assemblies to generate and retain more internally-generated funds to finance their operations and other activities.
3. Complete the operationalisation of sub-district structures (Town and Area Councils and Unit Committees) with the allocation of a percentage of the Assemblies’ revenue to fund micro projects within their jurisdiction.
4. Reduce drastically the number of Ministers and redirect the savings made to pay allowances to Assembly members.
5. Reverse the current trend of recentralisation of award of District-level contracts to ensure real devolution of power to the districts.
These measures will go a long way to restore the almost broken local government system, strengthen decentralisation and deepen accountability.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) hereby calls on Ghanaians to participate fully and actively in tomorrow’s District Assembly Elections.