New regions will deepen decentralization- Osarfo Maafo

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Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo marfo, has stated that the creation of new regions will  deepen decentralization.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Local Government and Rural Development Ministry Advisory Board Thursday, he said the decentralization promotes rapid development and that government will do everything possible to ensure the creation of two new regions.

The establishment of the Ministerial Advisory Boards for MDAs is one of the requirements of the Civil Service Law 1993(PNDCL327).

The key function of the Advisory Board is to advise the minister on the effective formulation of policies and for the efficient administration of the ministry in the performance of its mandate.

Local Government and Rural Development minister, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, said the ministry has the mandate to ensure the attainment of effective performance management in the Local Government system, saying their vision is to achieve a sustainable and equitable economic growth through citizens’ participation and accelerated service delivery at the local level within a decentralized environment.

She said the ministry is to ensure good governance and balanced development of MMDA’s through the formulation of policies on governance, decentralization and rural and urban development as well as the provision of guidelines on the human and financial resource of the assemblies.

“We exercise oversight responsibilities on the activities of 6 metropolitans, 55 municipal and 155 district assemblies,” she said.

According to Hajia Alima, the ministry has constituted a committee to work towards developing a framework for the election of MMDCE’s and the review of Act 936, and a proposal for stakeholder consultations on the review.

It has also enhanced the capacity of MMDAs to promote Local Economic Development and implement the one district, one factory (1D1F) initiative in collaboration with the private sector.

In addition, the ministry is pushing very hard for the completion of the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Projects in Ho, Kumasi, Sekondi Takoradi and Tamale


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