Be conversant with Local Government Act, 2016 – Governance expert urges assembly members

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By Lorlornyofm April 19, 2017 10:45

Be conversant with Local Government Act, 2016 – Governance expert urges assembly members

A local governance expert, David Afreh has admonished assembly members to get conversant with the new Local Government Act (2016) to effectively carry out their functions as representatives of the people at the local level.

He said a greater number of assembly members are ignorant of provisions in the Local Government Act, a situation he says hampers effective development at the local level.

Mr Afreh, in an interaction with Lorlornyo News called on assembly members to read thoroughly, the standing orders of the assembly to enable them carry out their businesses successfully, whenever their houses sit.

He called on individuals with common interests to form associations, get their capacities built, so their voices can be heard by their various district assemblies.

In the year 2016, the Parliament of Ghana passed into law, the Local Governance Bill which harmonises five existing legislations on local governance to ensure achievement of the national decentralisation objectives.

The new law is a one-stop legal document on all local governance matters.

The introduction of decentralisation and local governance in Ghana in 1988, and its attendant reforms in the years that followed, led to the enactment of pieces of legislations which were rolled out in piece meal, some of which have become obsolete with time.

The multiplicity of legislations has also made it practically difficult, if not impossible, for practitioners to apply these laws on daily basis.

To address these bottlenecks, the Local Governance Bill synchronises critical components of the provisions of Article 240 in the 1992 Republican Constitution.

It also allows for easy access to legislations on decentralisation and local governance, and removes the inconsistencies and contradiction which hitherto plagued the previous legislations.

Story by Geoffrey Gah-Mensah

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By Lorlornyofm April 19, 2017 10:45
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  1. David January 13, 06:23

    The local act is the bible that gives power to the local people to hold duty bearers accountable. It contains all the rights and responsibilities. It guides behaviour and ensures peace through responsiveness.

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