Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

Government has transferred about GH¢4.5 billion to the 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for development projects across the country.

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Hajia Alima Mahama who gave accounts of financial inflows to the MMDAs for development said the Akufo-Addo administration will continue to release more money to the Assemblies for infrastructure projects in its second term in office.

Speaking at the meet-the-press series organised by the Ministry of Information last Friday, Hajia Alima said the money was used for infrastructural development including; education, healthcare, water and sanitation facilities.

She expressed satisfaction over the utilisation and work done so far with the funds by the MMDAs.

Hajia Alima said her ministry is mandated to promote good governance, equitable and balanced development across the country.

According to her, the ministry is delivering on its mandate through the formulation of policies on rural and urban development and designing systems to monitor the implementation of those projects.

Hajia Mahama gave assurance that government is committed to implementing socio-economic interventions across the country to ameliorate the suffering of the masses, especially the poor and vulnerable.

Govt spends over GH¢76m on disinfection

Meanwhile, government has spent over GH¢76 million towards the disinfection, fumigation and cleaning-up of markets, lorry parks and public toilet facilities across the country.

The first phase of the disinfection and clean-up exercises formed part of the government’s response towards preventing the spread of the Coronavirus disease in the country.

Hajia Alima explained that the Ministry set up disinfection teams at the local level, disinfected and fumigated more than 2,000 market centres and 2,000 public toilet facilities.

The amount, she pointed out, went into purchasing of disinfectants, spraying machines, personal protective gears for sprayers, and other useful items secured for the exercise.

Hajia Alima said the contract for the second phase of disinfection had been signed and would soon begin.

Election of MMDCEs

Hajia Alima has hinted that in the second term of the Akufo-Addo led government, all stakeholders will be engaged towards building a consensus and amending the entrenched provisions in the 1992 Constitution for the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) on partisan basis.

This, she noted, will enhance transparency and accountability at the local governance set up.

SOURCEBy thecustodianghonline.com/Paul Awuni
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