Decentralization process must be deepened-Kumasi Mayor

Ghana News-The Metro Chief Executive for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has asked players and stakeholders in the Local Government settings to work out efforts aimed at deepening the country’s decentralization process.

Speaking at a ceremony at the precincts of the KMA to commission some refurbished offices for the Presiding Member (PM) and a common hall for its assemblymen in Kumasi, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi underscored the importance of providing good working environment for actors in the local government system.

The provision of offices for PMs as well as assembly members, the Mayor intimated is a sure way of making the roles of these actors crucial and important to local governance.

As a way to demonstrate the KMA’s commitment to this process, the Mayor announced the decision to build offices for all the various assembly members within the KMA structure.

‘’It is important that as we practice this decentralization process we do all we can to provide the needed space and environment for our Presiding Members and assembly men so they can work effectively’’, Mr Assibey noted with passion.


On his part, Mr Abraham Boadi, the PM for KMA commended the Mayor for seeing right to provide the assembly members a congenial atmosphere to work from.

The construction and refurbishment of offices for actors at the Assembly, he noted is a good step of encouraging members to work hard and give off their best in the development agenda of KMA.

Mr Boadi commended government for seeking to provide incentives for actors in the decentralization process.

The provision of offices for sub-metro as well as unit committees in the country, the PM noted should also be pursued to ensure every member of the local government structure finds space to work from.

‘’It is very encouraging to find a government which understands the local government system and it is not surprising that it has gotten in place MMDCEs who are abreast of the system and are partnering the assembly members to work to develop all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in Ghana’’, Mr Boadi


In a related event, the Mayor has inspected some expired goods that had been confiscated by the Environmental department of the Assembly.

He expressed shock at the motive of some traders in the Kumasi metropolis whose delight is to sell unwholesome products including canned drinks and food items to unsuspecting consumers.

He, however, mentioned the determination of the Assembly to intensify its surveillance and monitoring efforts so as to rid the Kumasi markets of expired goods and products.

Nana Prempeh, Assemblyman and convener for the Environmental Sub-Committee at KMA applauded the department for its efforts and urged them to increase patrols across the markets in the metropolis so as to make them safe to buy from.

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