Greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey has threatened to fire Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives(MMDCE) in the region who fail to perform satisfactorily in their positions.
According to him, the performance of MMDCEs in Accra will be evaluated every six months, after which recommendations for the dismissal of underperforming officials will be made.
He insisted that MMDCEs’ work is not limited to the confines of their offices, but also on the ground, and that they must be prepared to work on the field.
Mr. Quartey stated that he will petition President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to dismiss any MMDCE who fails to perform satisfactorily after the six-month period.
“I don’t know about other regions, but in Greater Accra, if you are confirmed as an MCE, I want to go and kneel down before Mr. President that six months into your administration and you are not performing, we will sack you.”
“As an MCE, we expect you to work hard. Don’t sit in your office and do capacity building. Go to the field, that is where the work is. We will try and get an appraisal to the Local Government Minister, every six months, and if we think you are not doing well, we will sack you.”
Henry Quartey, since assuming office under his ‘Let’s Make Accra work campaign, has undertaken several initiatives to provide lasting solutions to everyday challenges in the region, with the view to transform the national capital.
He has oversaw the removal of unauthorized traders along major streets, the demolition of unauthorized structures, and the execution of decongestion exercises and other sanitation drives aimed at ridding the capital of fifth.
Despite the fact that these initiatives have earned him the admiration of some Ghanaians, the Minister believes that the sum of these efforts should not be interpreted as political vindictiveness.
“The President has a vision for the region, and as his servant, we must ensure that he is able to realize that vision. Several stakeholders have thrown their weight behind me. It should not be interpreted as political vengeance. We must investigate how we can best create an enabling environment in Accra for all of us to live in this region.”
Henry Quartey assured that the efforts to make Accra work are long-term and not a “nine-day wonder,” outlining his long-term plans for sustainability.