Assembly members to receive allowances from Consolidated Fund
The allowances for various Presiding and Assembly members in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies would soon be paid from the consolidated fund.
Mr Ebenezer Akuoko Frimpong, President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), made this known in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Abesim near Sunyani on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Association’s ongoing delegates congress.
Mr Frimpong said NALAG had submitted a proposal to the Government to that effect, and that it had received a positive response.
He said assembly members played immense roles in the decentralisation process, adding that there was the need to motivate them to work hard in strengthening local governance.
Mr. Frimpong commended the Government for providing assembly members with 10,000 motor bikes to facilitate their work and expressed the hope that more incentive packages would be provided for them.
The incumbent NALAG president who is seeking for a second term, noted that delays in the release of District Assembly Common Fund continued to cripple the Association since dues were paid from the Fund.
He therefore appealed to delegates to vote to retain him in office, saying NALAG needed a president who was abreast with its programmes and policies.
NALAG’s four-day delegates congress is underway at Abesim with about 1,016 delegates made up of Assembly and Presiding Members, as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, in attendance.