Mr Frederick Agyarko Oduro, a Lecturer at the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS), has urged government appointees in the district assemblies to foster unity and discharge their duties diligently to enhance development.

He said as government appointees, they played a crucial role in the effective running of the assembly to spearhead grassroots development.

Mr Oduro was giving an overview of the Local Government Act of 2016, (Act 936), at an orientation programme for 280 appointed members of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District assemblies (MMDAs) of the Western Region.

The programme was to enable the members to be abreast of the new Act, the District Assembly and Committee System, the Model Standing Orders, local resource mobilisation, and community engagement and ethics in local governance.

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Mr Oduro said the training would help strengthen the decentralisation process for the rapid socio-economic development of the nation.

He said it was imperative to factor in allowances given to assembly members in the budget for them to make input prior to approval by Central Government.

This, he said, would motivate the members to discharge their duties effectively.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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