The Chief Director of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Abudulai Abubakar, has encouraged the 13 Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Region to work hard to ensure that they become financially independent.

The Chief Director who was speaking at an orientation workshop organised for government appointees said if they were able to work effectively, they would no longer rely on the central government but be independent.

The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in collaboration with the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).

He entreated all the appointees to bring their experience and expertise to bear by exploring pragmatic means to rake in more revenue instead of relying solely on the District Assembly Common Fund (DAFC).

The Chief Director noted the Assemblies had absolute power to contribute significantly to national development by coming out with bylaws to curb high teenage pregnancy and harmful traditional practices

He explained that the region had huge business and agricultural potentials, which should be explored and cited water melon, irrigation and rice production among others as some of the areas they could explore.

He also pleaded with the new appointees to strengthen the decentralization systems and ensure that the Assembly substructures were well built to promote rapid development in the region.

Mr Salia Abdul –Momen, a Resource Person from the MLGRD took the participants through topics such as the overview of the Local Government Act (20016 Act 936, District Assembly and the Committee system, model standing orders, local resource mobilization, Committee engagement in local governance, ethics and local governance

He also took them through documentation and the standing orders and entreated them to adhere strictly to those procedures to help make the Assemblies more vibrant.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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