The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) is set to hold its 20th biennial national delegates conference in Sunyani, the Bono regional capital from Wednesday June 12 to Saturday June 15,2019.
The conference will be held on the Theme”Ghana Beyond Aid;a paradigm shift for sustainable development, the role of Local Authorities.”
Speaking in an interview with dinpa news’ Nana Akosua Ansah on the midday news, General Secretary of NALAG, Hon. Kokro Amankwaah said the Association works to achieve its objectives through :
Advocacy and Lobbying, Training and Capacity Building Activities, Organization of fora/platforms for good governance, leadership and best practices, Research and Development, Networking and Collaboration work, Public Education, Direct Support to District Assemblies and Facilitating City to City Links.
Hon. Kokro added that ,the associatiation is vibrant contrary to criticsms that they are inactive.
Meanwhile, an aspiring President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Bismark Baisie Nkum says he would rebrand the association to make it better and appealing to stakeholders in the local governance and the public if elected President.
Mr. Nkum, who is currently the Gomoa West District Chief Executive says he would liaise with relevant stakeholders to institute what he called “NALAG Day” to be celebrated annually across the country as a way of making the association vibrant.
“NALAG Day”, he explained would be tied to the core functions of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) adding that the association may choose to highlight issues such as sanitation, health, security or education as part of the Day’s celebration.
Speaking in an interview on a Sunyani based Dinpa 91.3fm ahead of the upcoming national conference of NALAG, Mr. Nkum said if he is elected President, he would “provide constant updates to member assemblies through emails and postal systems” to keep members abreast of happenings in NALAG.
According to him, he intends to provide a platform for healthy engagements among MMDCEs, Presiding Members and Assembly-members to enable them “have constant interaction to discuss matters of common interest.”
“These platforms will also provide an opportunity for MMDCEs and especially Presiding Members to speak heart to heart on issues bothering welfare of assembly members and PMs as well…issues concerning whether or not assembly members should be properly remunerated”, he noted.
He also announced plans to institute a welfare scheme to cater for the social needs of MMDCEs, PMs and Assembly members who he described as “major players of grass root participation.”
But, Hon. Andrews Bediako administrative officer of NALAG, said through a collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development they have provided motorbikes for Assembly members, new vehicles for MMDCEs among other important logistics that will help the smooth delivery of the work og the Assemblies.
A national NALAG Trustee aspirant and Presiding member for the Wenchi Municipal Assembly, Hon. Samuel Mensah said he will ensure unity in the association.