Members of the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council (ARCC) was on June 22, 2022, sworn into office in line with the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936). The swearing-in was part of activities to commence the first of a two-day statutory ARCC meeting of the year 2022. The Composition of the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Councils per section 187 of the Act includes the Regional Minister, the Presiding Member of each District Assembly in the region and the District Chief Executive of each district in the region; two chiefs from the Regional House of Chiefs and the regional heads of the decentralized Ministries in the region as members without the right to vote. The Regional Minister is the chairperson of the Regional Co-ordinating Council.
His Lordship Kofi Akrowiah in a brief remark after swearing-in the official members of the ARCC emphasized that, ‘a forum as the ARCC meeting is for the determination of the fate of the Region. The general development and growth of the Region depends on how effective the Council would be’. He indicated that, the Local Governance Act 2016 provides as a function of the RCC to regulate, coordinate and evaluate the performance of all MMDA`S in the Region. Thus, MMDAs were cautioned to be responsible for the overall development in their Districts. He noted that the Ashanti Region is very populated and hence has a dominant market as such the roles of the various assemblies cannot be taken for granted.
His Lordship Kofi Akrowiah, mentioned that, ‘the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah really want to bring justice closer to the people and the community, thereby promoting justice in the region’. He also mentioned that there are various projects currently ongoing, which includes the building of twenty-four (24) court houses, twenty (20) residential houses which is closer to the premises of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and the Breman Court House. He challenged the RCC to maintain these facilities when they are inaugurated. He also advised the MMDCEs to support the District Magistrates in terms of accommodation, ‘as the court will be the first place where people run to seek justice’.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah, who is also the chairman of the council expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic of Ghana for the nomination and his subsequent confirmation as well as the forty-two (42) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Ashanti Region. He announced to the house that the President has on June 21 nominated one Mr. Omane Aboagye for the position of Chief Executive of Juaben Municipal Assembly, who is yet to go through the confirmation process and if successful, then all 43 MMDAs will have their Chief Executives.
Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah indicated that the onus of maintaining peace and security of the people at the local level is best expressed under section 12 (3)(g) of Act 936 where the MMDCEs as the Chairpersons of the Security Councils, are charged to work closely with the Security Agencies to ensure that there is peace. He announced to the house that at the Regional level, joint Police/Military Patrols, dubbed “Operation Calmlife” have been in operation not only in the cities, but the highways as well. As a result, highway robberies have reduced. He added however that ‘the past years have been occasioned by some riots in the Region leading to clashes with some security personnel which has been quite unfortunate. ‘I wish to take this opportunity to urge us all to continue to dialogue rather than take to the streets because such activities do not resolve issues but rather dialogue fosters peace.
In the wake of the security alert issued by the Ministry of National Security on the possibility of terrorist activities, he urged all to be on high alert and be very vigilant and conscious of personal security. ‘Security is a shared responsibility and we must be awake’