Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, (speaking), Hon. Minister (left), and the Callistus Mahama (right)
Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, (speaking), Hon. Minister (left), and the Callistus Mahama (right)

?..but implementation remains government?s challenge.

Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, (speaking), Hon. Minister (left), and the Callistus Mahama (right)
Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, (speaking), Hon. Minister (left), and the Callistus Mahama (right)

By Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor, Punch Newspaper

The Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC), has compiled a progressive report on the implementation of the decentralization policy framework but says that government still faces some serious challenges in it?s implementation.

However, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Akwasi Opong-Fosureiterated that government is still confronted with some challenges in the implementation of the decentralisation programme.

The Minister said Key among them is sectoral policy coordination which allows working together to ensure that we achieve much more.

According to the Minister, efforts at deepening local governance took a centre stage of the NDC government when it came to power in 2009.

He added since then many bold steps have been undertaken to advance the cause of decentralization and also as a reflection of the social democratic nature of the party.

The Minister noted the launch of the policy, has made significant achievements with the inauguration of the IMCC, the passage of LI 1961; and the subsequent implementation of the composite budget system and operationalisation of the Local Government Service and the district sub structures.

He therefore declare the state of the decentralization implementation report (2013) complied by IMCC formally launched at Accra.

He said the report is a true reflection of the collective efforts of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies working in the decentralization sector.

Meanwhile, a consultant to IMCC, Kwamena Ahwoi said the effort to mainstream the IMCC into the local government bill to become an Act by structuring it into the system is a laudable decision.

He therefore urged for the collaboration and corporation of the framework needed to be considered between all the agencies at the district level.

Kwamena Ahwoi, also a professor at GIMPA said the IMCC existence and the decision of the President to Chairman the setup of this framework was commendable.

He therefore urged all DPs and officials of government to effectively involve themselves and never to pull out.

The Executive Secretary, Callistus Mahama said the action plan of the decentralization framework was to deepen citizen?s participation in governance especially at district level in order to improve the lives of the people.

According to him, the policy measured progress on political decentralization and legal issues, administrative decentralization, decentralised development planning, Local economicdevelopment and other thematic areas.

He said the annual progress is a compilation of the activities undertaken by the various Ministeries/Departments/Agencies and to provide information by their taskforce and Ad hoc bodies over a period of one year.

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