Politics of Friday, 6 July 2012

Source: GNA

Creation of assemblies meant to speed up development

Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development has repeated that the creation of more district assemblies would hasten socio-economic progress.

He has therefore appealed to all personnel posted to serve in the new assemblies to accept to work diligently and with passion to bring positive transformation to the lives of the people.

Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo was speaking at the opening of the 9th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Local Government Workers Union of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Kumasi.

The two-day meeting was attended by more than 500 delegates drawn from across the country.

“Working in partnership with Local Government Service for improved service delivery” was the theme.

Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo repeated the government’s determination to strengthen and deepen the decentralization policy to enhance good governance and enrich the nation’s democracy and said it was on account of this that 9,000 motorbikes had been distributed to assembly members nationwide.

There are also plans to provide some assemblies with 200 vehicles and 50 computers to improve their operation.

Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo assured members of the Union of maximum support and cooperation in the discharge of their duties.

The General Secretary of the TUC, Mr. Kofi Asamoah, said there was the need to make sure that the local government system was insulated from partisan politics.

This, he said, would allow the workers to perform their duties professionally and more effectively.**