The Assembly Member for the Shiekomolo Electoral Area within the Sampa township in the Jaman North District of the Bono region, Yaya Trawule, has appealed to the government to financially support assembly members within the country to enhance the decentralization concept.
He emphasized that successive governments have taken the pain to pay monthly salaries to MMDCEs, staff of assemblies, and Members of Parliament within every constituency in the country but have sidelined the assembly members who were equally voted for.
He noted that a lot of the electorates within every electoral area depend mostly on assembly members for financial assistance.
Mr. Trawule explained that assembly members are always invited to attend any form of social gathering, provide financial support to the needy electorate, and also steer the affairs of the developmental issues of the electoral area.
He pointed out further that because all the powers and resources are controlled at the district level, it affects the development of the electoral area. As a result, he proposed that the government lower the concept of decentralization to the electoral area, allowing assembly members to determine the types of projects to be undertaken for their electorates.
According to him, partisan politics has taken over the decentralization concept, and so most MMDCEs ensure their party members are supported to gain a majority in the MMDAs to be able to gain control over the activities of the assembly, thereby pushing the agenda of the party from which they were chosen.
He lamented that these partisan politics in the Assembly concept have created disunity within most electoral areas, which has tossed out the communal spirit of electorates and affected development in the various electoral areas.
Mr. Trawule made this disclosure during an interview with Kwaku Mensah Abrampa on Gye Nyame FM.