Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation
The Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation (IMCC) is tasked to coordinate all decentralisation reforms within the public service. While the IMCC’s scope encompasses all of Central Government, the decentralisation reforms started with particular emphasis on Education, Health, and Agriculture. The IMCC Secretariat identifies, refine and table all reform proposals for consideration by the IMCC and support further through coordination and monitoring. The Secretariat studies decentralisation reform and performs monitoring and evaluation of same. An Executive Secretary heads the IMCC Secretariat.
WHAT IS THE IMCC
The IMCC is a Committee of Ministers whose sector of operation are fully decentralisable to the local level. These ministries can be decentralised to offer their operations and services locally. In effect, the IMCC is made up of Sector Ministers who are in charge of Ministries identified to have decentralisation component(s).
The IMCC has a mandate to inform and educate the populace on decentralisation as well as encourage citizens’ participation in local governance. In addition, The IMCC is to ensure ministerial re-alignment by addressing cross-sectoral challenges. The IMCC is required to monitor and evaluate all decentralisation activities in the country.
The vision of IMCC and its Secretariat is to improve local governance and administration through effective decentralisation reforms to deliver accelerated development.
To deliver decentralisation reform in Ghana through effective policy direction, coordination, and implementation.
THE IMCC SECRETARIAT
The Government of Ghana through a process of regional, stakeholder and national consultations, adopted a new "Decentralization Policy Framework"(NDPF) and a "National Decentralization Action Plan" (NDAP) both of which were launched in November 2010. The Policy draws its principles from Article 240(2) of the 1992 Constitution. It seeks to provide conceptual clarity on what decentralization means within the Ghanaian context. It also provides guidelines on the concepts of local level democracy and development.
To pursue the decentralization agenda effectively, the Government of Ghana instituted the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralization (IMCC) with the President of the Republic of Ghana as chairman. Members of the Committee include the Ministries of Local Government & Rural Development, Food & Agriculture, Health, Education, Justice and Attorney General, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Others are the Office of the Head of Civil Service and the Head of Local Government Service Secretariat and the National Development Planning Commission.
The mandate of the IMCC is to exercise holistic policy evaluation and monitoring of decentralization activities in the country. Primarily, the committee works to identify problems and challenges confronting the decentralization process in the country and assist responsible institutions to address them.
The IMCC is serviced by a Secretariat which provides technical support for Decentralization Reforms. The Secretariat is responsible for the initiation, coordination and conduction of technical research and strategies for decentralization reform programmes for consideration by the IMCC. It acts as the clearing house on all matters concerning decentralization reform initiatives before they are referred to the IMCC.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE IMCC
- The President of the Republic of Ghana - H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo
- Minister – Ministry of Finance - Mr. Ken Ofori Atta.
- Minister – Ministry of Education - Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh
- Minister – Ministry of Local Government & Rural Dev’t. - Hajia Alima Mahama
- Minister – Ministry of Justice & Attorney General - Ms. Gloria Akuffo
- Minister – Ministry of Health - Mr. Kweku Agyemang Manu
- Minister – Ministry of Food & Agriculture - Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto
- Minister – Gender & Social Protection - Mrs. Otiko Afisah Djaba
- Head – Local Government Service - Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur
- Head – Civil Service - Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena
- Chairperson – National Development Planning Commission - yet to be appointed
Ing. Salifu Mahama is the Ag. Executive Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation, effective 1st March 2017. He replaced Dr. Callistus Mahama.
Mr. Salifu Mahama is a consummate development professional with more than 25 years of distinguished experience in project management and coordination, engineering, procurement, fund & assets management. He served as Manager and Coordinator of donor funded projects which include the Low-Risk Rice Project (LRRP), the Village Infrastructure Project (VIP) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and the Community Based Rural Development Project (CBRDP) under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD).
Mr. Mahama has extensive knowledge, varied experience and skills in decentralized planning, project and infrastructure management. He has a vast knowledge of Ghana’s Decentralization System and has a proven record in supporting the strengthening of sub-national decentralized structures. Mr. Mahama joins the IMCC with extensive knowledge in project identification and project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
His vision is to fulfill the aspirations of the IMCC Secretariat as the lead institution for coordinating and accelerating decentralization reform across key line ministries and integrating them at the sub national level. Mr. Mahama is committed to, and passionate about executing government’s program to enhance the independence of MMDAs through reasonable devolution of powers, the election of MMDCEs, increased financial autonomy and improved service delivery.
Mr. Salifu Mahama has a background in Agricultural Engineering. He is a product of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and the Cranfield University, Silsoe College, United Kingdom. He also studied strategic management at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).