The Minority in Parliament is asking government to rescind its decision to redirect funds from the district assembly common funds since it could have dire consequences on the decentralization process.
In March 2018,Parliament approved an amount of Ghc 905, 999, 882 to the various Metropolitan,Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for their various developmental projects.
But the government issued a new directive to ensure that MMDCEs allocate 40 percent of the fund for payments under the school feeding programme and 20% each for the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo), Planting for Food and Jobs and the running of assemblies.
This leaves only 20% of the allocation for development projects in each of the districts.
Experts have described the policy as an abuse of executive powers.
The Minority at a press conference addressed by deputy ranking member on the Local Government Committee and MP for Ho Central, Komla Kpodo who read the statement said the move is illegal because it was not contained in the budget approval for the assemblies by Parliament.
Speaking to Power Fm’s Reporter, Princess Arita Anim, the MP for Asuogyaman, Thomas Nyarko Ampem condemned the new directive by the Local Government Minister, saying that was not what Parliament approved.
Hon. Ampem Nyarko.
“The President’s directive through the Local Government Minister is contrary to what Parliament approved. We (Parliament) approved 10% to the Youth Employment Agency, 5% for National Youth Authority and 1.5% to NADMO. 11.59% was to go to Education and Waste management 3% to People living with Disabilities. These were the agreement. We also approved 50.25% to the local assemblies for their activities and projects according to their budget,” he explained.
He said the decision needs to be looked at again to ensure that the Local Assemblies get what is due them to embark on their developmental projects.