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25.10.2003 General News

Workshop of decentralisation and democracy held

By GNA
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Akim Swedru (E/R), Oct. 25, GNA- The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Kwadwo Agyei-Darko has said there are some problems which affect smooth running of the decentralization policy. The problems he said include attempts by some Ministries and Departments not to decentralise functions and powers, which have been vested in the district assemblies.

Mr Agyei-Darko said this at a day's workshop on Decentralisation and Democracy at the grassroots, which was organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs at Akim Swedru on Friday.

He said there could be no sectarian or partisan approach to the implementation of the policy towards national development. Mr Agyei-Darko said renewed commitment towards achieving the objectives should be the surest way to achieve good governance.

"Democracy at the grass-root level promote confidence and a sense of ownership which allows people at the sub national level to decide what is best for their own benefit and welfare", the Minister said. The Acting Head of Governance Centre of the IEA, Dr Kwesi Jonah said the Institute was prepared to support all programmes towards good governance to help sustain democracy.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Felix Owusu-Agyapong said the workshop, aimed at imparting the necessary knowledge to assembly, Unit Committee, Town and Area Council members to enhance their work.

He said the programme is a pilot project and that it will be extended to other constituencies in the country. The Birim South District Chief Executive, Mr Yaw Amprofi in his welcoming address, appealed to the participants to attach much importance to the workshop for them to well understand the concept.

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