Appointment of MMDCEs: Minority to drag Dan Botwe before parliament if.......

BY: Getrude Ankah Nyavi
Dan Botwe
Dan Botwe

The minority in parliament says it will summon the Minister for Local Government and Regional Reorganisation, Mr. Dan Botwe over the delay in the appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the country.

Eight months into the second term of President Akufo-Addo’s administration, MMDCEs expected to lead the implementation of government policies at the local level, are yet to be nominated.

Speaking to Accra-based radio station Citi FM, the Ranking Member on the Local Government and Rural Development Committee of Parliament, Nii Lante Vanderpuiye said this is hampering development at the local government level.

He said the Minister will be dragged before the house when Parliament resumes from recess in October and the list of appointees is not ready.

“If by the time we resume Parliament the list has not been given, we are going to summon the Minister for Local Government and Regional Reorganisation before the house to answer and to tell us why this undue delay is happening.”

He added that this is the first time such a delay in the appointment of MMDCES has occurred in Ghana’s history.

“This has never happened in the history of this country before. If this is his first term, we would have given him that benefit of the doubt but his second time he has no excuse. The president has no excuse to unduly delay the appointment of MMDCEs”, he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Osei Bonsu Amoah says a folder containing the list of eligible persons for nomination as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) has been presented to President Akufo-Addo for action.

“Very soon, he will announce it. The President has assured us that as quickly as possible, he will release the list. Let’s give him that duty to do,” he on Accra based radio station recently".

Mr Amoah said there has not been much of a delay for Akufo-Addo to nominate the MMDCEs.

“He has to go through the report to be submitted by his team, and I mean he got a report less than two or three weeks ago. So I don’t think there’s been too much of a delay.”