The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Dauda, has expressed concern about the numerous district boundary disputes that have been pending for ages and called for immediate redress. He said the disputes have led to some Assemblies losing huge amount of revenue which could have been channeled into development. Mr. Dauda said this at the opening of the 2015 conference of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), in Sunyani. The conference was under the theme Re-energizing Local Government for the Attainment of the Better Ghana Agenda. The Local Government minister urged the affected Assemblies to exercise restraint while necessary measures are taken to resolve the boundary disputes. According to him, MMDCEs must seek to create job opportunities for the youth to enable them contribute to the development of their districts. Mr. Duadu entreated the MMDCEs to work hard and avoid petty squabbles, cooperate with party executives and members as well as help fulfill the governmentâ€™s developmental agenda to help win the confidence of the people in the country. He noted that the conference will provide a common platform for them to interact, network and share ideas on key issues of national development within a decentralized government framework and equally provide an opportunity to reflect on their performance over the years as well as gain new insight into emerging government policies and programmes. Mr. Duada further charged them to enter into economic partnership agreements with other Assemblies. The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei, asked the MMDCEs to engage and interact with their stakeholders, seek their views on projects, policies and programmes which will be customized to their local needs. He urged them to seek appropriate solutions to the demands of the people. Mr. Adjei noted that they must make every effort to create the enabling environment for business and investment to help reduce unemployment in the country. He was hopeful that the conference will improve their knowledge and capacity towards effective and efficient implementation of polices. The Deputy Regional Minister advised the Chief Executives to take the conference serious and contribute effectively to the discussions.
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com