Under the mandate of deepening political and administrative decentralization through the harmonization of working relationships between Members of Parliament (MPs) and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says his outfit has undertaking series of education and engagements aimed at improving the working relationships between MPs and MMDCEs.
Addressing the media in Accra today, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu mentioned that, the Ministry organized the first leadership and good governance workshop for MPs and MMDCEs, from the Southern Belt (Greater Accra, Eastern, Volta and Central Regions) in Koforidua from 8th to 10th December, 2017. Areas covered, he mentioned, included; the concept of decentralization and local government; the theory and practice of good governance and the nature of relationship that ought to exist between MPs and MMDCEs.
“The programme on leadership and good governance was organized for Members of Parliament and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives from the Middle-Belt (Ashanti, Western and Brong Ahafo Regions). This programme, under the theme; ‘Enhancing Leadership for Good Governance’, was held in Kumasi from 3rd – 5th June, 2018”.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu again added that, another workshop on leadership and good governance was also organized for the MPs and MMDCEs in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.
Recounting on the major issues that emerged from the workshops, the Minister said there is collaboration between the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the National Commission for Civic Education to intensify public education on the role of MPs and MMDCEs. He said in the appraisal of the MMDCEs by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, their relationship with the MPs is measured as one of the criteria since conflict affect local development. He therefore emphasized that, the political parties have a role to play in dealing with conflict between the MPs and MMDCEs.
“The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is positioned to support Ghana’s democratic transformation by, among other things; supporting the deepening of democratic governance, assisting the enhancement of political and administrative decentralization through the harmonization of relationship between MPs and MMDCEs”, he concluded.