Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, vice president of Ghana, wants Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to avoid relying excessively on the central government for funding to build local assemblies.
The Vice President told participants at the 21st Biennial National Delegates Conference of NALAG in Kumasi that MMDAs must discover creative ways to generate cash internally rather than relying solely on the government.
The Vice President stated, “Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies should transition from merely providing essential services to becoming agents of development by harnessing all natural, material, and human resources within their jurisdiction to bring the required development, create jobs, reduce poverty, increase income levels, and raise the required internally generated funds to supplement other sources of funding from the central government.”
Dr. Bawumia also urged the leadership and members of NALAG to work with all relevant state and non-state actors to ensure accelerated development at the local level of governance, as well as to use a combination of innovation, dialogue, and collaboration with their peers to accelerate the development process.
He also reassured NALAG members and participants of the government’s commitment to meeting the manpower needs of local authorities through the expansion of the infrastructure of the Institute of Local Government Studies and the construction of a Local Government University at Akomadan in the Offinso North Municipality in Ashanti Region to make up for our current training capacity deficit.