The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) is calling on the newly created and exiting Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) not to allow partisan politics divide their front.
The association in a statement signed by the General Secretary, Hon Kokro Amankwa to congratulate newly created assemblies is encouraging them and their members to unite and work as a team in order to foster development.
“As a mother Association, we see the creation of your Assembly as an important partner to drive Local Government and decentralization in Ghana forward.
“We respectfully employ you to work together as a team devoid of rancour and animosity. You should not allow the siting of the District capital and its related matters divide you neither should you encourage such sentiments from individuals and groups who want to creepingly entrench disunity among you. Neither should you allow partisan politics divide your front”, the statement said.
According to NALAG, these newly created MMDAs are likely to be confronted with serious challenges which needs to be tackled with sense of maturity and decorum, that is the election of Presiding Members and subsequent confirmation of Hon. MMDCEs in their respective assembles.
NALAG also maintains that, the two stakeholders are important to the local government system, and if their election and confirmation is not handled well, it will bring the face of the assemblies and development down.
“We expect our Honourable Assembly Members who are key stakeholders at the Assemblies to work as united front in pursuant to the broader aim and objectives of the local governance.
“We entreat you to see this creation and elevation of the Assemblies as an opportunity to serve the people you are respectfully entreated to”, the statement added.
The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) is a nationwide organisation and the mouthpiece of all Local Authorities (Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana.
NALAG Promotes the development of Local government administration and decentralisation in Ghana through Advocacy and Lobbying.
It also protect the rights, privileges and interests of all member District Assemblies as may be affected by existing and future legislation or policies, and assist in maintaining high standards of Local government (Administration) service delivery.