The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has advised Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to respect their respective Regional Minsters in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking at an orientation ceremony to the 199 approved Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) at the Institute of Local Goverment Services in Accra, the President reminded them that the Regional Ministers will be expected to evaluate their performance periodically.
He pointed to them that the Regional Ministers are representatives of the President and so they should be respected at all times.
“I expect you to accord Regional Ministers all their due respect, as they are the President’s representatives in the Regions.”
On the seeming tension that has always existed between MMDCEs and their MPs, he lamented that such tensions and tendencies will not augur well for the development of areas under their jurisdiction and charged them to work hand in hand with them.
He charged them to release their share of the Common Fund timeously for them to initiate developmental projects in the districts.
Making reference to instances in our political history where ruling parties have lost power because of the power struggle between MMDCEs and MPs, Nana Akufo-Addo urged them not to overlook the repercussions of their actions to the political fortunes of the party and live in peace with them
“A lot of the tension that arises in the districts and frustrates the work of government comes from the at times fractious relationship between Members of Parliament and Chief Executives. Please avoid such conflicts and let the MPs get their share of the Common Fund timeously.”
“It is enough to point out that many of the tensions between Chief Executives and MPs also start when Chief Executives want to run for Parliament.”