Regional Ministers

Regional Ministers

Region Minister Deputy
Ashanti Region Mr Samuel Sarpong Mr Samuel Yaw Adusei
Brong Ahafo Region Mr Eric Opoku Mr Justice Samuel Adjei
Central Region Mr Ebenezer Kwadwo Teye Addo Mrs Queenster Maame Pokua Sawyerr
Eastern Region Mr Julius Debrah MS Mavis Ama Frimpong
Greater Accra Region Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo Mr Isaac Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye
Northern Region Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru Mr A.B.A. Fuseini (MP)
Upper East Region Dr Ephraim Avea Nsoh Mr Daniel Aweyue Syme
Upper West Region Mr Bede Anwataazumo Ziedeng Mr Abu Kasanbata
Volta Region Region Mrs Helen Ntoso Mr Francis Komla Ganyaglo
Western Region Mr Paul Evans Aidoo Mr Alfred Ekow Gyan

Below are the list of Former Regional Ministers 2009-2012

Former Regional Ministers

Region Minister Deputy
Greater Accra Hon. Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo Mr Isaac Vanderpuiye
Eastern Mr Victor Emmanuel Smith Mr Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi
Central Ms Ama Benyiwa-Doe Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah
Western Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, MP Ms Emelia Arthur
Ashanti Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah Ms. Anima Wilson
Brong Ahafo Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo Mr. Eric Opoku
Volta Mr Henry Kamel Ford Mr Henry Ametepey
Northern Mr Moses Mabengba Mr San Nasamu Asabigi
Upper East Mr Mark Woyongo Mrs Lucy Awuni Mbun
Upper West Amin Amidu Sulemani Mr Kale Cezario

2014 World Habitat Day Celebration

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has been organizing series of activities over the years in collaboration with the UN – Habitat as well as other stakeholders involved in urban development and management to mark the World Habitat Day Celebration on the first Monday of October annually.

The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day Celebration which falls on Monday, 6th October, 2014 is “Voices from Slums”. The theme focuses on giving voice to people who have lived or still live in slums or other vulnerable urban contexts. Accordingly, Governments, NGOs, Private Sector, Academic and other institutions are encouraged to place current and past slum dwellers as protagonists of the World Habitat Day 2014 through the available communication.

The overall objective of this year’s World Habitat Day is to raise awareness of the public to the living conditions of slums and develop processes and tools in defence of the historical memory of the people who have lived and still live in the slums.

 

In order to commemorate this year’s event in Ghana, the Ministry and other stakeholders has adopted a Sub-theme “Ensuring Clean and Healthy Environment”. The objective is to highlight issues relating to environmental sanitation and the creation of access to other social amenities so as to improve living conditions in slums.

Minister Speech at NALAG Workshop

DISTINGUISHED CHAIR

PRESIDENT, NALAG

GENERAL SECRETARY, NALAG

REPRESENTATIVE OF ASSOCIATION OF CITIES IN NORTHRHINE-WESTFALIA (STNRW)

REPRESENTATIVE OF GIZ

CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF MMDAS PRESENT

RESOURCE PERSONS,

DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

On behalf of my Ministry, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, I would like to add my voice of welcome to all of you to this workshop. A special welcome to the delegation from the Association of Cities in Northrhine-Westfalia. I hope you enjoy the hospitality in Ghana.

I wish to seize this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to NALAG for inviting me to this important workshop on Local Economic Development (LED) and am happy to be on a platform offered by NALAG as a former President of this organization. I consider my participation a memorable occasion because it is my first official assignment outside the Ministry since I assumed office as Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. It is also important to me since the topic for discussion at this workshop-Local Economic Development-is one of the critical activities outlined in the NDCs 2012 Manifesto (Advancing the Better Ghana Agenda) to be undertaken by this administration. I must say that I am passionate and committed to LED as a strategy to create jobs and income.

Ghana has over the past two decades practiced decentralisation with the view to bringing development closer to the people. Indeed the Constitution of Ghana identifies political, administrative and fiscal decentralisation  as a means to fostering democracy and affording people the opportunity to participate in decision–making at all levels of national life and in government as well as engender economic development. This constitutional provision has been given further meaning by the Local Government Act of 1993, National Development Planning Act of 1994, District Assembly Common Fund Act of 1993, and Local Government Service Act of 2003.

As you are aware, the Local Government Act (Act 462) enjoins all District Assemblies to;

–       Formulate and execute plans, programs and strategies for the effective mobilization of resources necessary for local development

–       Promote and support productive activity and social development.

–       Monitor the executions of development projects under approve development plans and assess and evaluate their impacts on the people’s development, the local, district and national economy.

In spite of these legal frameworks which aim at making MMDAs  growth centres,  District Assemblies continue to be constrained by challenges such as limited capacity(quality and quantity of staff) over reliance  on central government and donors for funding and inadequate participation of the citizenry  in decision-making for  development planning, implementation and monitoring.

The provisions in the Local Government Act (ACT 462) also provide a framework for the assemblies to focus on using local resources for local development. Over the past two decades, District Assemblies have focused on their administrative and legislative functions, to the detriment of their local economic development functions thereby hindering their effort to improve quality of life and to offer greater opportunities for economic empowerment of their residents. The process of development envisioned in the decentralization program is a ‘bottom-up’ approach, where development programs are initiated from the local level based on the identified needs of local inhabitants. In local government authorities’ quest to achieve a sustainable “home grown” development program, Local Economic Development (LED) has been the method of choice.

The introduction of LED could be seen as an alternative development strategy, to fully harness the economic potentials of the districts, for job creation and faster poverty reduction. Local Economic Development, according to Ghana’s National Decentralization Policy (2010), is the process by which local governments, local businesses and other actors outside the locality join forces and resources to enter into new partnership arrangements with each other or other stakeholders to create new jobs and stimulate economic activities in municipalities, towns and villages.   Policies to promote job creation, the establishment of local industries as a base for industrial development and the facilitation of intra and inter district trade as well as strengthening the competitiveness of the local private sector are all part of the mandate of MMDAs in the area of economic development.

It is interesting to note that, Local Economic Development has been identified globally in the current development trends and dynamics of developing countries as the best option to facilitating economic growth, employment and income generation to promote household welfare and alleviate poverty at the local level if well articulated.  At the recently held conference of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum on 15th – 18th March, 2011 in Cardiff; local economic development was identified as the key to transformation of the economies of developing countries.  This realization gives a further impetus to the adoption of LED as alternative development model for local communities.  The Communiqué dubbed the ‘CARDIFF CONSENSUS’ outlines the important role of local government in local economic development and key actions and strategies to enable local governments play a full and successful role in LED.

LED has therefore become a very important component of our decentralization which enjoins MMDAs to provide the facilitating environment for local economic development (LED). Policies to promote job creation, the establishment of local industries and the facilitation of intra- and inter-district trade are all part of the mandate of DAs in the area of LED. The time has therefore come for all Ghanaians to assess and re-examine the focus of our decentralization agenda and determine what is actually lacking as far as empowering the MMDAs to carry the mandate of creating the enabling environment to spur up development at the local level is concerned.

 

I do believe that with our present realities, challenges and priorities (in line with our efforts to create a BETTER GHANA), District Assemblies have a critical role to play in entrepreneurial development in order to create aGhana in which equitable opportunities, transparency, accountability, sustainable environmental management and responsive growthprevails.

I believe that LED needs can provide the tools for:

–       Communities/citizens access to resources needed to initiate real productive and developmental activities.

 

–       Local people to identify and initiate locally tailored or specific and relevant entrepreneurial projects, so that as far as practicable, local solutions are used for solving local problems.

 

It is against this backdrop that The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Local Government Service with the support from the UNDP and ILO put in place a process to develop National Framework for LED to strengthen economic development at the district level. This framework seeks to guide all MMDAs in promoting local level development and mainstream LED in their Medium Term Development Plans

As I speak, there is an inaugurated LED Advisory Council chaired by Mr. P V Obeng Special Advisor to the President and Chairman of NDPC which has been working around the clock to give strategic policy direction on LED. There is also in place a Cross-Sectoral Multi-Discipline Technical Committee on LED which has been facilitating the LED processes. In fact the committee has in collaboration with the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) developed LED Operational Manual and National LED policy which will be put before Cabinet for approval this month. The Ministry as part of its effort to give meaning to the LED processes has also established LED Secretariat in the Ministry to spearhead the process.

I am reliably informed that NALAG and GIZ are not serving on this committee and therefore would like to use this platform to invite them to nominate representatives to serve on this Committee to bring their abundant expertise and experiences to bear on the work of the committee since they are practically working to achieve the same objectives of the LED.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development see today’s workshop by NALAG and STNRW as part of the efforts and activities earmarked to ensure that LED becomes part and parcel of the MMDAs development agenda. This will go a long way to ensure that all MMDAs treat LED with the urgency it deserves to help galvanise the needed support from the private sector at the local level to spur local development.

I want to use this opportunity to advise and encourage all Hon. District Chief Executives, District Co-coordinating Directors, Development Planning Officers and other actors in the MMDAs,   to provide the overall leadership, direction and supervision to ensure that the LED is properly mainstreamed into their   Medium Term Development Plans (DMTDPs). It is also imperative to note that plans are far advanced to include the issues of LED as a Minimum condition in the Functional Organisational Assessment Tool (FOAT) for the District Development Facility (DDF) so that MMDAs that shows promise in mainstreaming and implementing LED get more funds for local development.

As stated earlier, this is my maiden speech since I assumed office and I wish to take advantage of this platform to invite the attention of all MMSDAs to some critical areas in their functions which we will be focusing on as key performance indicators.

–       Environmental Sanitation with special reference to open drains in residential areas which do not match up to our status as a middle income country. Even though the construction is within the purview of the Urban Roads, the assemblies by their powers can enact by-laws that can prohibit the construction of open drains in residential areas. Steps will therefore be taken by the Ministry and MMDAs to ensure that all existing drains are covered as well as discouraging the construction of such drains through enactment of by-laws.

–       Mainstream the concept of Local Economic Development to facilitate, develop and implement employment creation programmes based on natural resource endowments and competitive advantages of every district.

–       Continue and complete the Street Naming Project to enable the assemblies to mobilise more revenue from property rates for Local Economic Development.

–       Construct new markets and convert the major one in the country into limited liability companies using the Public-Private Partnership approach involving Rural and Community Banks, Market Women’s Associations, Farmer Based Organisations, Traditional Authorities and Landing Beach Committees where appropriate to ensure the efficient management and mordenisation of markets for increased revenue.

–       Pavement of Residential street roads through PPP arrangements for consideration of Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies.

–       Move beyond composite budgeting to larger issues of fiscal decentralisation and especially ensure the finalisation and implementation of the inter-governmental fiscal transfers and;

–       Strengthen the capacity of the MMDAs for accountable, effective and efficient performance and service delivery.

In conclusion Mr. Chairman, I want to use this platform to state that I am very passionate about the LED concept and approach to local level development and therefore pledge my full and unflinching support to the process and promise to do everything possible to ensure that the LED Policy is fully implemented to bring the needed development at the local level.

Once again, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the NALAG, Association of Cities in Northrhine-Westfalia (STNRW), UNDP and all other stakeholders for their support to Government in the LED drive.

On this note, I wish you fruitful deliberations tomorrow.

Ministry to unveil National Sanitation Day

The Ministry would from November this year unveil the National Sanitation Day, as a way of controlling the Cholera outbreak in the country.

This was disclosed by the sector Minister Hon. Julius Debrah, when he paid a courtesy call on Alhaji Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, in Accra.

He said, with the National Sanitation Day, the first Saturday of every new month would be used to organize a nationwide clean up exercise as a way of putting a brake to the cholera outbreak as well as helping to prevent future occurrence.

He said “when the National Sanitation Day commences in November, every Ghanaian would be encouraged to clean his or her environment on first Saturday of every new month from 0600 to 1100 as a way to help control the cholera outbreak,” he said.

The Minister therefore appealed to the National Chief Imam to support the sanitation programme by using his august office to propagate the message.

Alhaji Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam commended the Minister for initiating the programme, saying it would help control the cholera outbreak.

He said the Holy Quran preaches about cleanliness hence the compulsory ablution by all Muslims before observing prayers and urged all to observe good hygiene.

 

He assured the Minister that he would use his office to propagate the message about the National Sanitation Day in order to get every Muslim involved.

Swiss Envoys Call On Local Government Minister

In the furtherance of camaraderie and efforts to resolve specific decentralization challenges in the country, the Swiss Ambassador to Ghana,  Gerhard Brugger and his counterpart  Economic Counsellor cum head of Cooperation, Bridgitte Cuendet have held bilateral discussion with the sector minister on prudent usage of the District Development Facility (DDF).

The Envoys requested the Local Government Ministry to inform them as to how the facility offered the sector for urban development in the previous year had fared since they were yet to receive the annual report.

They expressed reservations about the absence of harmony in government’s development priorities questioning for instance, why colossal resources could be allotted for electricity than water – among others – and urged government to be decisive in its urban development priorities so development partners might adopt an aspect like fiscal decentralization.

The Swiss however pledged their readiness to offer assistance in the areas of infrastructure and transportation.

The sector minister Julius Debrah lauded the Swiss government for its invaluable economic support and stressed the need for prudent management of the DDF by all local government practitioners.

In reaction to concerns observed by the head of Environmental Sanitation to the effect that, the sanitation sector in Ghana currently was no longer viable and attractive to the private sector, hence waste management being the major headache of government; Mr. Debrah requested support from his Swiss Envoys adding however that, “the support does not have to be necessarily governmental – it could come in the form of Swiss micro independent financing of urban development……”

 

The Chief Director of the Ministry Charles Dondieu among other Directors present took turns to contribute to the discourse that centered on the need for review of urban development.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO PARTNER CHRISTIAN COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION

Hon. Julius Debrah led a delegation from the Ministry to pay a working visit to the leadership of the Christian Council at its Secretariat in Accra. He was accompanied by Nii Amasah Namoale, MP for La Dade-Kotopon, a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government, the Chief Director of the Ministry and Director Finance and Administration of the Ministry.

The Minister indicated that the Ministry will institute National Sanitation Day which will be held every 1st Saturday of issuing month to encourage Ghanaians across the country to use the early hours of the day to clean their environment.

The Minister noted that partnering the Christian Council will facilitate the success of the program and immensely assist in the improvement of our environment and personal hygiene.

The General Secretary of the CCG, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong assured the Minister of their commitment to partner with the Ministry on national efforts to halt poor sanitation.

 

Rev. Dr. KwabenaOpuni-Frimpong welcoming the Minister and his team

Hon. Minister addressing members of the press

Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong addressing members of the press

Rev. Dr. KwabenaOpuni-Frimpong assuring the Minister of their commitment

Group photograph

Hon. Minister bidding farewell to the General Secretary of the CCG.

THE MINISTRY ENGAGES THE SERVICES OF ISD TO UNDERTAKE PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

The Ministry has engaged the Information Services Department to undertake a nationwide Public Education Campaign on Sanitation. This is to educate the public on the need to keep their surroundings clean. The initiative aims at helping the nation to embrace environmental cleanliness and to adopt effective waste disposal practices.

Mobile Cinema vans were used to show environmentally related films and also engaged in talk shows to educate the people on environmental cleanliness.

 

Cinema van undertaking Public Education Campaign

Public Education Campaign in the market

ISD team observing insanitary conditions at the market

ISD staff campaign in the market

ISD educating public

The ISD team at the La Nkwantanang Madina Municipality

Ministry of Local Government & Rural Develoment (MLGRD) organizes Breakfast meeting for its staff

A cross section of staff converged in the Conference Room to partake in the maiden Breakfast meeting, an innovation introduced by the Hon. Minister, Julius Debrah.  In his opening address, he noted that there was the need for members of staff to be united to move the Ministry forward. He stated that every member of staff from the cleaner to the Chief Director had a vital role to play in the administration of the Ministry and admonished staff to put up their best.

The Minister indicated that the objective of the Breakfast meeting was to create a platform for members of staff to express their views on a feature film “Africa United” which portrayed many lessons that could be related to our daily work schedule and experiences in the Ministry.

“Africa United” is a road movie on five children who travel several miles to arrive at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Although their background was as diverse as the continent, Dudu, a Rwandan AIDS orphan, with a true sense of determination led them to their destination.

 

The Chief Director, in his concluding remarks, noted that the Breakfast meeting was worthwhile and successful and served the purpose for which it was organised. He observed that vital lessons had been learnt,by all, including the fact that when we work in unity and togetherness; success would crown our efforts. He commended members of staff for the excitement shown during and after the film with their various contributions. The Chief Director was impressed with the participation and frank expression of members of staff.

Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (MLGRD) signs MoU with Information Services Department (ISD), Ministry of Communication

Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development (MLGRD) signs MoU with Information Services Department (ISD), Ministry of Communication

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Information Services Department to undertake a nation-wide Public Education Campaign.

Per the MoU the Information Services Department is to embark on a public education campaign on sanitation throughout the country in a bid to help curb the incidence of uncleanliness in our cities and towns.

The Department has therefore submitted a proposal outlining strategies for the execution of the campaign. Cinema vans would be deployed in all the 216 Assemblies to undertake the campaign.

Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) praised for enforcing by-laws

The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Julius Debrahhas commended Ms Rita Odoley Sowah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE)  La Dade-Kotopon for enforcing sanitation bye – laws.

In acongratulatory letter sent to the MCEthe Minister noted with joy her compliance to his emphasis on the need for all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to enforce sanitation bye-laws;  an emphasis made during his working visit to Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem, the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly.

“I am indeed happy that shortly after this directive; the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly was the first to have six residents convicted for causing public nuisance”.

 

According to Mr Debrah the Assembly had, by this action, set the pace for others to follow; and added: “I am very proud and I urge you to pursue this action to its logical conclusion, by keeping residents in your communities on their toes.”