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Decentralizing Government

December 1, 1982

The PNDC proclaimed its intent to allow the people to exercise political power through defense committees in communities and in units of the armed forces and police – Ghana would, however, remain a unitary government. In December 1982, it announced a plan to decentralize government from Accra to the regions, the districts, and local communities, but maintain overall control by appointing secretaries with executive powers and who would chair regional and district councils. Local councils were expected to take over the payment of salaries, with regions and districts assuming more powers from the national government.