By Dennis Peprah GNA
Abesim (B/R), June 14, GNA - Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has directed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to situate government’s transformational flagship programmes into the local government structure to achieve the desired results.
He said it was mandatory and that all the MMDAs were expected to give priority and position to the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) programme, One-District-One-Factory (1D1F), Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Progarmme (IPEP), One-Village-One Dam, Digital Addressing System and the E-Technology System and incorporate them into the local government systems for effective implementation.
This would enable the government to realize its vision of Ghana Beyond Aid and also achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mr. Amoah gave the directive when he was addressing the opening session of the 20th Biennial National Delegates Conference of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) on Thursday at Abesim in the Sunyani Municipality.
The four-day conference, under the theme "Ghana beyond Aid: A Paradigm Shift for Sustainable Development, the Role of Local Authorities" was attended by Assembly Members, Presiding Officers and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and some Members of Parliament.
Mr. Amoah indicated that the country required additional revenue in expanding public services such as health and education infrastructure to make the economy more productive and financially sustainable.
The MMDAs must appreciate that effective policy execution attract domestic and external investments which would generate revenue, employment, expand the private sector and produce for consumption and export.
Mr. Amoah said “for us in the local government sector, therefore, the vision of Ghana Beyond Aid and SDGs will largely be realised if we work diligently and efficiently in delivering on the government’s flagship programmes and the global goals”.
He indicated that as local authorities, one critical role required of the MMDAs towards achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda was revenue mobilization in the local governance system, and tasked the Assemblies to improve on their revenue generation by blocking all revenue leakages.
Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, the Bono Regional Minister stressed NALAG remained the driving force for effective policy implementation to bringing local government to the doorsteps of the people and therefore lauded the MMDAs for executing such roles in diligence.
As the front liners towards achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid, she called on MMDAs to be proactive and scientifically design frameworks to maximise revenue mobilization by reducing leakages in the revenue sector.
Mr. Kokro Amankwaah, the General Secretary of NALAG said MMDAs played an essential role towards achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid charter and reminded them on the need to devise innovative and realistic methods for domestic revenue mobilization.
He announced the conference would discuss pertinent issues pertaining to the advancement of the SDGs and also elect National Executive Council to steer the affairs of the Association for the next two years.