The New Sub-Metropolitan District Council Establishment Instruments: Lack of Policy Clarity or Failure of Legislation Drafting?

"The otherwise serene existence of Sub-Metropolitan District Councils as the first levels of the metropolitan structures of the metropolitan assemblies has been thrown into confusion as a result of the enactment of four pieces of subsidiary legislation which sought to reconfigure their structure, composition and functions. This paper by Kwamena Ahwoi argues that sufficient reconciliation was not done between the Amendment Legislative Instruments and the original Legislative instruments, leaving the legislative frameworks for the establishment and operations of SMDCs clumsy and confusing. It assesses the current structures as presently constituted and the problems created by the amendment legislative instruments. The paper concludes by proposing a repeal of the new instruments, and a policy review by all stakeholders in local government and decentralization."