Unit Committee Members Deserve Monthly Stipends - ILAPI

There was 1,058 Electoral Areas in the Ashanti Region alone. If there are 4 Unit Committee Members (UCM) in each electoral area, we will have 4,232 members. These individuals who contested and were voted for just as the Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates, are removed from the center of attention at the decentralization level of governance. No allowance or stipends!

In 2010, the Electoral Commission (EC) proposed additional Electoral Areas to the already existing 236, in a Bill laid before Parliament, for Amendment to the Dstrict Assembly Elections, Act 1994 (Act 473)

Currently, there are 1,243 electoral areas in Ashanti Region following the creation of some new Districts. The upshot will be 4,972 Unit Committee Members in that region after the 2019 Assembly Elections. What are the social efforts designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of these Unit Committee Members?

What are the social efforts designed to promote the basic physical and marterial well-being of these Unit Committee Members? Are we interested in creating more electoral areas without considering the welfare of those at the equally influential position at the decentralized level? At the decentralisation level of governance all other officers are on salaries or allowances *except the unit committees* who are equally part of the taxa.

It's therefore imperative for the local government to provide reasonable incentives to equally motivate members to deliver to enhance development. The effectiveness of the Unit Committees in its developmental process depends on a very large extent on the understanding and cordial or friendly relationship between the key stakeholders and incentives to motivate them in their line of duty.

Key stakeholders are at the District level such as the Municipal Chief Executive, Assembly members, Area/Town/Urban Council, and all other workers at the decentralized system of governance receives monthly stipends. However, the Unit Committee perform functions without any allowance or whatsoever such as,

1. The Municipal Assembly may assign to the Unit Committee within its area of authority such powers of enforcement of any bye-laws enacted by the Assembly as the Assembly may consider fit.

2. Be responsible to the Municipal Assembly through the Urban, Zonal or Town Councils Concerned.

3. Supervise the staff of the District Assembly assigned duties in its area of authority.

4. Assist the Town Council to enumerate and keep records of all ratable persons and properties.

5. Assist any person assigned by the Urban or Town Council to collect allocated and contracted revenues on behalf of the Urban or Town Council.

6. Mobilise members of the Unit for the implementation of self-help and development projects.

7. Monitor the implementation of self-help and development projects.

8. Take all lawful steps to abate any nuisance.

9. Be responsible, under the guidance of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, for the registration of births and deaths in the Unit.

10. Provide a focal point for the discussion of local problems and take remedial action where necessary or make recommendations to the Assembly where appropriate through the relevant Urban, Zonal or Town Council.

11. Organise communal and voluntary work especially with respect to sanitation.

12. Make special proposals to the Assembly for the levying and collection of rates for projects and programmes through the relevant Urban, Zonal or Town Council.

13. Educate the people on their rights, privileges, obligations and responsibilities in consultation with the District branch of the National Commission for Civic Education.

14. Monitor the implementation of any enactment regulating the use of chain-saws in the Unit.

15. Oversee the performance of staff of the Urban, Zonal or Town Council and District Assembly assigned to work in the Unit.

16. Perform such other functions as may be delegated by the Urban, Zonal or Town Council or the District Assembly.









Source: ILAPI