- He stated that their elections would commence from next year, in line with a 2016 campaign pledge
- He tasked them to conduct them appropriately if they wished to be retained in office
- He again admonished them to support the government in the implementation of district-focused policies
The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo has advised appointed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) not to be overly anxious about impending plans to elect them into office next year.
The president stated that their elections, scheduled to kick start next year, is an attempt to fulfill a campaign promise given to Ghanaians during the 2016 elections.
He added that the rationale behind the move is to deepen democracy and ensure accountability, especially in the public sector.
Speaking at an orientation ceremony for the newly appointed MMDCEs, he said that the processes needed for the amendment of the constitution, which would give effect to the new line of action, would soon commence.
The president said that he had always been a strong advocate of a direct and popular election of chief executives.
He also implored them to exhibit the best of qualities, as that would ensure their continuous stay in office.
President Akufo Addo further spoke about the policies the NPP intends to implement, as well as the role of the newly appointed MMDCEs in that regard.
He indicated that a substantial number of the programmes are focused on districts, and as such, they have the opportunity to play key roles, especially, in the area of job creation.
He explained that, policies such as the One District, One Factory’, ‘One Village, One Dam’ and the One Million, One Constituency programmes.
He went on to say that checks and balances would be implemented to ensure the successful implementation of these policies.
The president them concluded by saying that, if people in the target areas for these programmes get involved, they would have no cause to move to places such as Accra and Kumasi, in order to make ends meet.
They could take advantage of opportunities present in their localities in order to make their lives meaningful.
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