NCCE educates electorate on roles of MPs, DCEs

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Speaking at one of such programmes at Keri, the acting District Director of the NCCE, Mr Daniel Agbesi Latsu, appealed to Ghanaians to stop demanding much from their MPs, since MPs were not development agents but lawmakers.

He said the development of the various communities in the country was the responsibility of the district assemblies.

Mr Latsu said by Section 10(3)(e) of the Local Government Act, 1993(Act462), district assemblies shall be “responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the district”.

He, however, said with the support of the MPs’ share of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund and other funding, an MP might intervene directly in solving some of the developmental problems in his constituency.

Mr Latsu, who is a former assembly member for the Keyime Electoral Area in the Agotime-Ziope District, said governance at the grass-roots level would be meaningless if the technocrats at the district assemblies failed to involve assembly members, unit committee members and other stakeholders in the planning of development projects earmarked for their communities, since decentralisation was about participatory governance at the base level.

An assistant civic education officer of the commission, Mr Abass Yussif, who spoke on the roles of DCEs, said DCEs were responsible for the day-to-day performance of the executive and administrative functions of the assemblies, adding that a DCE was responsible for the supervision of the departments of the assembly.

For his part, the Akyode chief of Keri, Nana Kwaosi Boafo II, commended the management and staff of the NCCE for their commitment to duty and appealed to the  government to extend electricity to the community.

Similar educational programmes had been held for the people of Nyambong Junction, Pawa, Kpeve, Ahondwo and Salifu.