July 16, 2024
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MMDCE,s must be innovative ~ Dr Eric Oduro Osae

Dr Eric Oduro Osae a Local Governance Analyst, has advised Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to be creative in order to bring development in their local areas.

For some period, over 1,000 people have put themselves forward to be vetted for MMDCE positions for the less than 300 local government authorities across the country.

However, according to Dr. Oduro Osae, MMDCE, s lack of innovation is part of the reason development isn’t found in most areas. Stressing that MMDCE, s needs to be more innovative when given the opportunity

“The problem, from where I sit, is the inability of the Chief Executives to manage the assemblies. When you look into the local governance laws of the country, the sources of revenue to finance the activities of the district assemblies are internal and external.

The Chief Executives are expected to mobilize up to about 60% of their budget. That way, in instances where the 40% from the government does not come in, the Chief Executives will be able to think outside the box and mobilize the appropriate revenue.”

“Mobilizing the revenue is different from using the revenue for the benefit of the people in the assembly’s area of jurisdiction. One other challenge I have also come to realize is that, even when they are not able to mobilize as much as they are expected to, the little they get does not go into the development projects that the citizens will benefit from. They mobilize little, and yet spend it on recurrent expenditure, which does not directly benefit the people,” he added.

“It is better to be given a smaller jurisdiction to manage, that way, you can better manage it with the given resources. Besides, the common fund has not reduced. The Metropolitan areas get more common Fund than even the municipalities. I think that it all comes down to leadership.”


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