The Dean of Presiding Members in the Upper East Region, John Peter Apaabey has called on the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development to consider proposals for possible amendments of some Constitutional Instruments and Acts of Parliament that do not support the smooth election and running of the term of office of the Presiding Member.
He made the call during his inaugural speech as the Dean of PMs at the RCC in Bolgatanga.
In his address, he proposed the following issues for consideration: “The tenure of the office of the Presiding Member should be conterminous with that of the duration of the district assembly. Election of presiding member should be done, by members present and voting either than all members of the house. The Dean of PMs also used the opportunity to call for the payment of allowances to Assembly Members as motivation to continue the voluntary work by government.”
He said, “I deem it worthy bringing it to your attention for a higher advocacy to government door steps, consideration of paying monthly allowances as well as end of service benefits to assembly members and presiding members, be charged on the consolidated fund.”
While pledging their support to the course of the Regional Ministers’ vision of seeing a developed region, he also called on the same to support to see the other assemblies without PMs elect their PMs.
“We wish to call on the Regional Minister to intervene to help these districts get their presiding members to get the districts running.”
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