An appeal has been made to the President to appoint more women as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
Mr. Louis Acheampong, Project Coordinator for Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanism (GSAM), said deliberate efforts should be made to deepen their involvement in local governance.
He was speaking at a day’s workshop held at Manso-Nkwanta in the Amansie West District to deliberate on ways to strengthen governance at the local level – the role every stakeholder should play.
The programme was organized by the GSAM with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Mr. Acheampong said robust involvement and fair representation of women at all levels of political decision-making was important to the effort to lift them out of poverty.
He encouraged the people to keenly follow the activities of the assemblies – to ensure openness, transparency and accountability in the management of resources meant to transform their living conditions.
They should show the same strong interest and enthusiasm seen during presidential and parliamentary elections.
Mr. Osei Kuffour, District Director of Social Welfare and Community Development, said a total of 12 Area Councils had been inaugurated in the area as part of moves to increase the participation of the people in decisions affecting their development.
These councils are in Abore, Mpatoakrom, Esuowin, Datano, Mim, Keniago, Ahwerewa, Antoakrom, Atwere, Manso-Nkwanta, Watreso and Mpatuom.
They were playing vital role in revenue mobilization, budget planning, project monitoring and the protection of the assembly’s property.
He spoke of the need to adequately resource these sub-structures – provide them with the required logistics and competent staff to function effectively.