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The Institute of Local Government Studies Studies held its 6th congregation which saw 111 students graduated with honours in various masters programmes. The event which took place at the Accra campus of the institute was graced by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development who has tasked the ILGS to help build consensus for the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies Chief Executives  (MMDCEs).

The Minister said legal reforms to facilitate the election of MMDCEs "is an unfinished agenda"of the Government and indicated that the meetings with stakeholders would help to understand their position on major constitutional reforms.

The ILGS was commissioned in 1999 as a project of the then Ministry of Local Government to provide consistent and regular capacity-building programmes for the Local Government sector. The ILGS is also responsible for undertaking research in local governance and providing consultancy and advisory services to the Government, units of local government and other parties requiring such services.

A total of 111 students who pursued various postgraduate programmes at the ILGS graduated at Saturday's congregation. Professor Nicholas Awortwi, the Director of ILGS, appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to grant the Institute Presidential Charter to enable it award its own degrees.

The ILGS is currently affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Professor Awortwi said the ILGS has built capacity under the tutelage of KNUST, adding that the autonomy requested "will enhance our upward trajectory without limiting our core mandate".