Kumasi — Out of 43 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) within the Ashanti Region, invited for the second one assembly of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) the day prior to this, best 15 of them had been provide.
Importantly, the MMDCEs had been to wait the assembly with their Presiding Members, however some failed to wait.
Though the assembly time was once scheduled to start at 9:00 am steered, it took off, at about 10.45am with best 15 of the MMDCEs provide, on the Prempeh Assembly Hall.
A visibly unsatisfied Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, threatened to take care of the MMDCEs who failed to wait the assembly.
“With the exception of a few 4 of the MMDCEs who’re exempted, I’m going to question someone who didn’t attend the assembly;
“Even Heads of Departments have reported, but the MMDCEs who should take the RCC’s duties seriously are not here, they would be queried,” he cautioned.
Present on the assembly incorporated the occupant of the silver stool of Asanteman, Daasebre Osei Bonsu, Asante Mampong Paramount Chief.
Among others, the assembly was once introduced with audit infractions of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and budget of the assemblies.
Thereafter, 10 extra new participants had been sworn-in by means of the Ashanti Regional Supervising High Court Judge, Justice Kofi Akrowiah.
When the assembly tackled the monetary efficiency and compliance, the Ashanti Regional Minister expressed his dissatisfaction concerning the efficiency of maximum assemblies, stressing that they failed woefully to successfully exploit the useful resource potentials in their spaces for the good thing about their other people
According to the Minister, research of the 2022 internally generated income as on the finish of October, indicated that the assemblies accumulated an quantity of GH¢ 63,432,820.18 out of a budgeted determine of GH¢ 94,558,200.85 making 67 in step with cent.
He famous that it was once very unlucky that MMDAs didn’t post their per thirty days monetary statements to the RCC, and stated that 11 assemblies had been but to post their monetary statements for September.
Linked to the deficient monetary efficiency of the assemblies, Mr Osei Mensah stated their failure or lack of ability to verify compliance of their monetary control was once the rationale they had been continuously cited by means of auditors for infractions.
The Minister informed them that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development would no longer “hesitate to make recommendations for the application of appropriate sanctions against chief executives who do not take interest in the financial performance and compliance of their assemblies”.
“You need to work hard to address the number of audit violations that often culminate in appearances before the Public Accounts Committee, an unpleasant situation that has the potential of denting the image of most assemblies,” he stated.
Author: Ghanaian Times