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Benefits in creation of new districts more than the negatives being talked about-Expert

Written by  Nov 17, 2017
Local governance expert, George Kyei Baffour says he does not agree with people who have kicked against the creation of new districts. In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said decentralization is not only about economic factors but added to it is participation in governance, he said. He explained, the governance of a nation is done by the people and with the people. Our constitution requires that we have a president, regional ministers and MMDCEs and to get such persons to work effectively, the people they will work with, must understand the agenda and identify with the development processes involved and must also express readiness to work in achieving them.   He stated further that, sanitation may not necessary bring us money, however, serious insanitary conditions will bring diseases and that will affect our finances. All these factors have indirect and to some extent, direct implications on our economy and when government decides to manage sanitation in the country, and the people identify with the policy, it helps the nation develop. He stressed that when Ghanaians participate in governance at the local level, the nation develops. The benefits of the new districts are enormous, he stated. Government  has presented a Legislative Instrument (LI) to Parliament, for the creation of 38 new districts and municipal assemblies.        Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, in an interview with journalists said the LI will also give legal backing to other districts and municipalities which have been elevated or split.       “We’ve decided that we need to deepen our democratic process and decentralization system. There are some districts that have grown. We started district assemblies in 1988, the population of some of the district assemblies have even doubled. And the essence of our local government system is to ensure that all persons in the district participate in the governance system and feel part of the governance system. So we’ve decided to increase the number of districts, the districts that are big, divide them into other districts.”    
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