Local Government Institute says conversation on election of MMDCEs must be resurrected for accountability sake

In the coming Days, President Akufo-Addo will release the names of new Chief Executives to fill vacant positions in District Assemblies throughout the country. However, concerns have been raised about the number of applications received this time round from people wanting to become District Chief Executives (DCEs).

Reports say more than 1,300 persons have applied to fill a little over 200 vacancies.

GBC’s Rebecca Ekpe spoke with a Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), Madina, Dr. Nicholas Awortwi, who says there is the need to bring back the conversation on election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District, Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

He said election of MMDCEs will streamline the recruitment process and ensure that more qualified persons are picked, besides it will also give credence to the Local Governance and Decentralisation process that requires that citizens seek accountability from duty bearers.

Dr. Awortwi disagreed with people who say the huge volume of applicants wanting to become DCEs represents transparency.


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