MMDCEMetropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (Ghana)
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Morrison also cautioned the MMDCEs to refrain from awarding school feeding contracts to themselves, inflating enrollment figures, and terminating the legitimate appointments of caterers and re-awarding to their favourites without prior notice to the GSFP National Secretariat, or the office of the Minister.
The Member of Parliament for Agona West Constituency, therefore, urged the MMDCEs to work closely with the National Secretariat, Regional Coordinators, and Ghana Education Service to ensure the smooth running of the School Feeding Programme at the local level.
Latest to join the debate is the former Presiding Member of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Nana Kofi Senyah, who thinks the effective implementation of the proposal to elect MMDCEs would be a mark of victory for democracy.
The advocate said the non-partisan election of MMDCEs is the surest way to make transparent the system of governance and effective decentralisation.
He has, therefore, advocated that the implementation of the election of MMDCEs as a policy by the government should be strictly based on non-partisanship, and effected without any further delay.
The government has outlined a comprehensive road map for the implementation of the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in 2021, beginning with pre-referendum activities ahead of a major referendum in September 2019.
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, last May said a national consensus report and a proposed bill amending Article 55 (3) of the 1992 Constitution on the election of MMDCEs would be submitted to Cabinet before the submission of the proposed bill to the Speaker of Parliament.
During the 2016 electioneering, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to make the position of MMDCEs an elective one if voted into power to make the officers more accountable to the people.
However, the government rather has set a new date for 2021, instead of its first term in office, for the implementation of the election of MMDCEs.