President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has released names of the first batch of nominees as Metropolitan Chief Executives. The nominees according to a statement signed Director of Communications at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin are Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, AMA, Mr Osei Assibey Anrwi for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, KMA, Mr. Iddirisu Musah for the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and Mr. Anthony K K Sam for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.
The brief statement also said the President has also appointed Mr Charles Bissue as a Presidential Staffer subject to consultation with the Council of state.
The first batch of Metropolitan Chief Executives comes barely 24 hours after the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama hinted that the full list of all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, MMDCEs will be out by the end of this month.
She said in a radio interview that Nana Akufo Addo’s Campaign Manager for the 2016 elections, Mr Peter Mac Manu, who chaired a Committee that screened applicants has almost concluded vetting all will submit its recommendations to the President for consideration.
MMDCEs are nominated by the President pursuant to Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, Act 462 and mandated per law to be approved by at least two thirds Majority of the members of the Assembly.
Last month, foot soldiers of the party started mounting pressure on the President to nominate their favourites but the acting General Secretary of the Party John Boadu who is also a member of the Committee that screened all potential MMDCEs said they will not be stampeded by individuals or groups.
Mr Boadu said that even though some supporters of the party had been asked to apply for various positions, the party, before the 2016 elections, had already put in place.
“The broad arrangement has been done and I think that it goes beyond shortlisting at the constituency or national levels,” he said, adding this was reached with some of the party supporters who had wanted to contest the 2016 elections as independent parliamentary candidates.
Radioxyzonline has learnt the MMDCE Vetting Committee has concluded with prospective candidates in six of the ten regions across the country and is working against the clock to finish by March 31.
The release of the first four nominees is likely to raise expectations and intensified lobbying as the office of the President wraps up on the final list before the close of the month.
Meanwhile the Director of Center for European Studies (CES) at the University of Ghana has advised the President steers away from past conventions and appoint Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) based on merit.
Professor Ransford Gyampo said that although loyalty to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is an important criterion for possible candidates, government should look beyond that and ensure those appointed help to achieve policy targets to improve the lives of ordinary people.