President Akufo-Addo urges assembly members to prioritize local governance for development

President Akufo-Addo urges assembly members to prioritize local governance for development

President Nana Addo Dankwa has called on Assembly members to play a pivotal role in advancing local governance and decentralization to drive development in their electoral areas. Speaking through Mr Michael Okyere Baafi, Deputy Minister of , during an inaugural speech delivered in Denu-Tokor, , the President emphasized the need for Assembly members to give true meaning to local governance.

Despite the Constitution's clear provisions for decentralization over the past 30 years, President Akufo-Addo noted that there's still much work to be done in actualizing local governance. He urged Assembly members to champion change by deepening their deliberative, legislative, and executive roles within the District Assembly.

The President highlighted the importance of shifting the citizenry's reliance away from or Members of towards local governance structures for essential services. He called for continuous capacity-building programs for Assembly members to enable them to effectively carry out their responsibilities as mandated by law.

President Akufo-Addo encouraged Assembly members to collaborate closely with local structures, including traditional leaders and identifiable groups, to innovate revenue-generation methods for local development. He reminded them of their mandate to support the government in delivering on its programs and policies for the benefit of their constituents.

In alignment with national development priorities such as the Government's Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (2022-2025) and Agenda for Jobs II, the President urged Assembly members to localize these priorities into actionable plans for their areas.

Mr. Maxwell Koffie Lugudor, Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, congratulated the newly elected and appointed members, emphasizing the importance of their roles and urging them to familiarize themselves with relevant governance laws and regulations.

Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Member of Parliament for Ketu South, echoed the call for local assemblies to mobilize resources and sustain development efforts, especially in cases of delayed disbursement of funds. She expressed concern over the government's silence on flooding disasters in her constituency, emphasizing the need for urgent action to address such challenges.

The President's message underscores the critical role of Assembly members in driving local development and underscores the importance of effective collaboration between local governance structures and the central government.

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