CDD-Ghana holds roundtable discussion with visiting German Parliamentary Delegation
Speaking on the topic ''State Institutions and Decentralised Structures in Ghana'', Mr. Paul Osei-Kuffour, Programs Manager of CDD-Ghana's Tamale office traced the history of local government from the British system of indirect rule in the colonial period to the present. However, he said successive governments trended towards centralization until the passage of PNDC Law 207 in 1988. This was subsequently consolidated in the 1992 Constitution following Ghana’s transition to multiparty democracy.
Mr. Osei-Kuffuor said the New Decentralisation Policy and Action Plan provide the trajectory for reforms in local government and called on civil society organizations and other stakeholders to monitor the implementation of the policy to ensure the objectives are met.
He called for the election of DCEs, greater transparency in the award of contracts in the MMDAs and clear guidelines and regulations in the appointment and removal of members of the District Assemblies to enhance popular participation and accountability.
Participants called on state and non-state actors to help address the apathy which characterised the recent Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly elections.
Also present were Ms Susanne Giese and Peter Schussler from the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),Accra and some staff of the German Embassy.