Assembly Members must live above reproach – Oduro Osae

Dr Eric Oduro Osae, the Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has advised Assembly Members to alive above reproach.

He said since Assembly Members served as role models for other people in society, “They should be first gentlemen and women among equals. They should always live by examples, because they are people’s role models”.

Dr Osae speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra said Assembly members must seek to avoid meddling in unnecessary partisan politics, since such attitude would divide the front of the people in their respective electoral areas.

He urged the Assembly Members to avoid acts that leads to disunity among them, avoid meddling in the administrative, avoid meddling in procurement activities and encouraged them to work in unism, devoid of partisan politics.

“That is the work of the Technical Officers. The Assembly Members are decision makers. They make the decisions and then the Technical Officers implement the decisions of the Assemblies.

“They can’t make the decisions and then implement them at the same time. They should avoid meddling in the day to day administration of the District Assemblies,” he said.

Dr Osae said Assembly Members should work together with their Chief Executives to promote the development agenda of the district.

He urged them to avoid undermining their Chief Executives; declaring that “this is because once you work to undermine or you are at loggerheads with the Chief Executive, nothing will be achieved in the Assembly”.

He appealed to Assembly Members to avoid going to stand in as sureties for people who have engaged themselves in criminal activities.

He advised Assembly Members to be development conscious and to bring local governance to the doorstep of the people, touch base with the people, work towards getting the Assemblies to institutionalise mandatory platform meetings, before and after every Assembly meeting; adding that “that is proper local governance”.

Dr Osae urged all district assemblies to make sure that their unit committees were working; because the unit committee is the lowest level of the local government structure.

He said operationalisation of unit committees and the district sub-structures should be one among the priorities of all district assemblies.