Acting Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) and Program Director of Star Ghana Foundation, Ibrahim Tanko Amidu says though the policy to elect, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, (MMDCEs’) is a good initiative the policy is being rushed.
He noted that good policies of this nature will create more responsive governance at the district level.
It therefore needs good foundation and conditions that will make it stand the test of time.
He said there is the need to be mindful of how to approach the subject of electing MMDCE’s and issues that may arise as a result, so that the country in an attempt to solve one problem does not create many other bigger challenges.
Mr. Tanko Amidu was speaking on a GJA/STAR-Ghana platform dubbed WE THE PEOPLE. He noted that MMDCE’s are part of a political structure at the assembly level and if that is not making them accountable then the election is the right way to go, however, certain policy interventions must be put in place to address problems that are likely to emerge as a result of the implementation.
He said in a situation where currently majority of district assemblies are funded through the District Assembly’s Common Fund, which is also directly coming from central government, it can make the elected members dance to the music of a government because of resourcing, a situation which may only lead to a waste of the taxpayer’s money, because of resourcing a situation which may only lead to a waste of the tax payer’s money.
Story by Rachael Kakraba