"Delay In MMDCEs’ Nomination Hasn’t Slowed Development – Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has dispelled claims that there is currently a vacuum in local government in the country.
According to him, the delay in nominating Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) has not hampered development in the country.
He was responding to criticism from a section of the public, including the Minority in Parliament, who are unhappy with the government’s decision to allow MMDCEs to continue in acting capacities.
The MP for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor is currently in court seeking rectification of the situation.
But Akufo-Addo said the. “impression is false. All the people who were MMDCEs in my first term are still at post.” “There is no vacuum in local government in Ghana as we speak today,” he said on Sunday. He made this revelation during his two-day tour of the Western North Region.
He said despite the delay, no law has been broken as it falls within the President’s mandate to do so.
Addressing the issue for the first time, the President said he is being cautious in selecting his appointees. “We have set up committees at regional and national levels to make recommendations for me. I have to make sure that they fit into the political purposes of the government and respond to issues of competence and political suitability.”
He, however, revealed that the names of individuals nominated for the various positions will be announced later this month.
“This month of September, all these matters would be resolved,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has named his first District Chief Executive nominee since his re-election.
During his two-day tour, the President confirmed Yawson Amoah as the new District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Akontombra District.
President Akufo-Addo confirmed Yawson Amoah as the new DCE of the Akontombra District.“Nana, this is my first appointment of the MMDCEs”, Nana Akufo-Addo told the chiefs and people of Sefwi Akontombra.
Article 243(1) of the 1992 constitution states that “there shall be a District Chief Executive for every district, who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting.
Having been nominated, Mr. Yawson Amoah would now require the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of the members of the Akontombra District Assembly.