The president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasized that his government would ensure the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in 2018.
He is confident the election will strengthen the local government system and offer Ghanaians the opportunity to choose who they prefer to represent their interest as Chief Executive in the assembly.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy call on the chiefs of the Central region as part of his thank you tour after winning the 2016 elections.
The issue of whether MMDCEs should be elected or not took a centre stage in the country’s politics for some time with some stakeholders and partners sharing opposing views on the issue.
It was one of the topical issues in the build up to the 2016 general elections with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) being the main parties that championed it.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) had also promised to ensure the election of the MMDCEs if it remained in power.
The reassurance from the president-elect would be a welcome news for stakeholders and partners who lauded the idea of electing MMDCEs.
Nana Akufo-Addo said he would work closely with the chiefs in the selection of the Chief Executives for the various assemblies.
He commended the people of Central region for voting massively for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which he said decided his win in the elections.
“I have to thank you for voting massively for the NPP which resulted in our winning of 19 parliamentary seats including two diehard seats of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the party,” he said.
Nana Addo assured that he would fulfill to the later every campaign promise to the region and that of the country including the famous one-district-one-factory, and one million per constituency policy and promises to construct the landing site at areas like Cape Coast, Winneba and Moree.
The President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs Oberempong Nyamfo Krampah XI, appealed to the president-elect to help restore the lost glory of the chieftaincy institution by involving chiefs in decision making. He said chiefs were not only custodians of the land but key stakeholders in the governance structure especially at the district level.
Chiefs in the region appealed to Nana Akufo-Addo to include Kennedy Agyepong, former Minister of Information Stephen Asamoah Boateng and Acting General Secretary John Boadu his ministry appointments.
They assured Nana Akufo-Addo of their support as he governs Ghana from January 7.
National Campaign manager Mr MacManu, Acting Gen Secretary Mr John Boadu, Mr Freddy Blay Acting National Chairman, National Women Organiser, Afisah Otiko Djaba, Member of Parliament and Central Regional Chairman and executives of the NPP among others accompanied Nana Akufo-Addo.
By Kwame Kakarba |Onua FM |3news.com |Central Region