Assembly members in Jaman North District of Brong-Ahafo region have appealed to Parliament to make the requisite constitutional amendment that would mandate the Legislature to determine the allowances and ex-gratia of assembly members.
Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Amakwaah, spokesman for the petitioners, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, at Sunyani, on Monday, that with the implementation of the current model standing orders, poor districts assemblies could only afford meagre allowances and ex-gratia to its members.
He explained that assembly members in rural communities had a lot of responsibilities and that there was the need for district assemblies to provide members with motorbikes to facilitate their work.
Mr. Amakwaah, who is the assemblyman for Mayera Electoral Area, noted that, “the situation has forced some of us to take a decision never again to serve as assembly members”.
He stressed that the best way of ensuring smooth decentralization was to take proper care of the local level structures, especially district assemblies, and appealed to the public to support its cause.
Mr. Amankwaah said appropriate emoluments would motivate competent people to serve as assembly members and this would actualise the decentralization concept.