The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and President of GroupeNduom, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has reiterated his call for the election and resourcing of MMDCEs to ensure development at the micro-level. His comments came at the wake of recent developments, where there were a lot of agitation and confusion over the acceptance of some MMDCEs across the country.
It will be recalled that during the 2016 electioneering campaign, Dr. Nduom and his PPP had championed this course, calling for the political will to give the franchise to the people at the local level to elect their chief executives.
Speaking on Eezy FM’s Morning Edition, Dr. Nduom described the notion of the appointment of mayors and district executives by ruling political parties to advance their parties’ goals of re-election as archaic and fruitless since incumbent governments have still lost elections despite such appointments.
Considering recent scandals that have wrecked the appointments of district executives across the country, Dr. Nduom quizzed why MMDCEs are still being appointed when it has offered no incentive for development.
He said, “Ghana will benefit greatly when the people are able to cast a vote to elect their own metropolitan municipal district executives.”
He intimated that “Ghanaians were smart enough to vote for a president, smart enough to vote for a member of parliament, smart enough to vote for an assembly member and then they are certainly smart enough to vote for their own chief executive.”
He said the district assembly formed an integral part of the governance structure of the country, hence the need for successive governments to resource them.