The Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development has announced that it will inaugurate District Assemblies on Monday, February 12, 2024. This ceremony is being conducted in collaboration with the Office of the President.
The purpose of the event is to swear-in newly elected and appointed members of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MMDAs). This initiative is in accordance with Article 35 Clause 6 (d) of the 1992 Constitution, which emphasizes the importance of promoting decentralization and popular participation in governance.
The Ministry is encouraging all citizens to actively engage in the activities of the District Assemblies and participate in decision-making processes within their respective communities. Furthermore, Section 16 (1) of the Local Governance Act, 2016, Act 936 mandates Assembly members to maintain close contact with the electoral area, consult the people on issues to be discussed in the District Assembly, gather their views and opinions, and take part in communal and development activities.
The press release by the Ministry emphasizes the government’s commitment to decentralization and the involvement of citizens in decision-making at all levels of governance.
This inauguration of District Assemblies underscores the government’s dedication to promoting accountability, transparency, and citizen participation in the governance process. It is a critical step towards fostering local development and ensuring that every citizen has an opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process.