My next government will strengthen decentralization – John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama believes that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government has distorted the decentralization of the Civil and Local government in most sectors since the New Patriotic Party took power in January 2017.

In a statement, issued by the Party’s campaign spokesperson for December 2020 polls James Agyenim-Boateng, the Leader and Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has reiterated his commitment to strengthening the decentralisation processes of the Republic of Ghana if he wins the December 2020 presidential polls.

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The former president further indicates that, “it is only through decentralisation that we can see true progress in the country”.

Mr. Mahama who was speaking at a meeting with the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOSAG) in Accra on Thursday, 13th August, 2020 as one of his engagement towards the general elections said, it is important to put the destiny of development in the hands of the people, adding “without that we cannot progress as a country”.


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The former President who is seeking to lead the country again after his eight (8) years at the presidency as Vice President and President between 2008 and 2016 observed that the progress made in decentralisation has been rolled back in the last three and a half years by president Nana Akufo-Addo following the bastardisation of both the civil and local government service by the government.

He said the government has assisted in the hijacking of the work of the civil and local
government service by political assistants, pointing out that as a result of interference by the government, recruitment and promotion is no longer based on merit.


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