DCEs cautioned against flashy lifestyles
Municipal/District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) in the Upper West Region, have been cautioned against ostentatious and flashy lifestyles that could create disconnect between them and the people they are leading.
Dr. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Upper West Regional Minister who gave the warning during a three-day orientation workshop for M/DCEs in the region, said living such lifestyles would create problems between them and their people, leading to inefficient leadership at the district level.
Dr. Nsoh also urged them not to be armchair ‘apostles,’ but rather endeavour to move out to interact with the people whose interest they represent to enable them better appreciate their problems and concerns in order to help address them.
He said as Chief Executives, they were required to be in total control of the affairs of their districts and by so doing they needed to have independent minds on how the President’s vision could be effectively and differently implemented in their districts.
Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), who spoke on the topic “Leading Effectively at the District Level,” said about 70 percent of what one wanted to do for a community could be done by the community members themselves.
He said politics had poisoned the mindset of the people, making them believe that everything they needed to do to improve their living conditions must be provided by government.
Prof. Adei said leadership was the development of vision and strategies, the alignment of relevant people behind these strategies and the empowerment of individuals to make the vision happen, despite obstacles.