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President names 212 MDCEs

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Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, has called on Ghanaians to rally behind the newly-nominated Municipal and District Chief Executives, to help ensure a successful implementation of the policies put in place by the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government.

Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, has called on Ghanaians to rally behind the newly-nominated Municipal and District Chief Executives, to help ensure a successful implementation of the policies put in place by the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government.

 

Describing the nominees as “capable men and women with expertise, experience and temperament to head the Assemblies,” the local government minister added that the appointees would inspire a new era of rapid development in the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday nominated 212 Municipal and District Chief Executives across the country pursuant to Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, Act 462.

Yesterday’s nominations came months after the president had appointed the Chief Executives for the Accra, Tamale, Kumasi and Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assemblies.

Following agitations by interest groups and pressure groups who had called on the President to appoint “their own” for the various positions, Hajia Alima noted that the fact that some people were not appointed to serve as MMDCEs did not preclude them from serving in other positions.

"It is the wish of the President that those who were not named will appreciate that there are other positions they may be called upon to serve in the interest of the nation,” she said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, prior to the 2016 elections, had made a strong case for the election of MMDCEs in 2018, arguing that process could no longer be delayed since it was the only way to bring true accountability to local government.

Hajia Alima Mahama yesterday affirmed that commitment, saying yesterday’s nomination was the last one Ghanaians would witness from the Akufo-Addo administration.

Prior to the yesterday’s announcement, there had been some agitations and intense lobbying across the country, with some interest groups and individuals imploring the President to appoint certain persons for the positions.

Last month, a group known as the Ga-Dangme Concerned Youth Group had a standoff with some chiefs of Tema following comments made by the Chiefs that they were going to withdraw courtesies to anybody without a pure Ga ancestry appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Municipal Assembly.

Angry supporters of the NPP in the Bawku West Constituency of the Upper East Region also vandalized their party office and some departmental offices in the Zebilla district, after they heard their preferred candidate was not considered for the District Chief Executive position.

Meanwhile, Acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, has charged party faithful to go all out and support the nominees, stressing that those selected would help complement the president’s effort in achieving the goals his administration.

He added that he was of the firm belief that the MMDCEs, knowing how quickly the President wants to put the country “would perform their roles diligently and help make Ghana work again.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of the vetting committee responsible for the final interrogations of the MMDCE appointees, has explained that extensive consultations were involved in the President’s selection of the 212 people.

Peter Mac Manu stated that the selection was based on “competences, loyalty, understanding of the geographic and socio-economic conditions of the district.”

He said the president also looked out for people who share his vision of transforming the districts into “an appreciable level of socio-economic development.”