The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. John Kwao Sackey has urged Honourable Assembly Members to demonstrate selflessness and serious dedication in the discharge of their duty. He has also charged them to serve in the interest of the people and not seek their own.
The MCE made these pronouncements at the inauguration of the Assembly Members of the Assembly at the forecourt of the office premises at Abokobi.
The colourful event was massively attended by various sects of people from the municipality and beyond including relatives, community members and friends of the honourable members, chiefs and elders, staff of the Assembly and security agencies among others.
The brief but impressive ceremony brought great relief and joy to the Assembly and Unit Committee Members who had to battle and saddle with the strenuous lengthy period of campaigning following the postponement of the elections originally scheduled for March to early September (1st) this year as a result of a court injunction which restrained the Electoral Commission for conducting the elections.
Addressing the gathering, Hon. Sackey congratulated the Assembly and Unit Committee Members for a had fought victory and their election into office.
He said they should see their task as an “onerous one which requires selflessness and serious dedication” and charged them to “always put the larger interest of the people first”.
The GEMA Chief Executive, observed that some Assembly Members instead of helping the Assembly to cure the ills of society tend to front for their people when necessary and urgent actions are taken in this direction.
“It will be sad for me to see an Assembly Members leading and pleading on behalf of a group of people whose buildings are earmarked for demolishing for blocking water ways and causing flooding to the larger populace”, he remarked.
He stressed that “it will be sad for me to see an Assembly Member obstructing justice for the selfish interest of one person against the interest of the whole community”.
Hon. Sackey entreated the Assembly Members to familiarize themselves with the requisite laws and regulations that govern their work, urging them to also consult their predecessors in this respect.
He indicated that the Management of the Assembly will organize an orientation workshop to arm them with the operations of the Assembly.
The President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama’s inaugural address for the Sixth Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) of the Fourth Republic, read on his behalf by a Member of the Council of State, Dr. Rabiatu Deinyo Ammah, expressed delight at the successes chalked with the constitution of the MMDAs in the Fourth Republican era.
The President however mentioned that journey had not been without hiccups, citing the cancellation of the Assembly elections this year as one instance.
He congratulated the Assembly Members on their election and appointment and congratulated the Electoral Commission for successfully conducting the elections.
He said their election and appointment to the honourable office demands that they “maintain close contacts with their electoral areas, consult the people on issues to be discussed in the Assembly and collate their views and opinions for presentation to the Assembly”.
In furtherance to this, the President also urged the Assembly members to seek the interest of the nation and the people and “work for the public good and not for personal interest”.
The President observed that the decentralization system practiced for the past 27 years has come of age and contributed immensely to the the democratic governance and development of the nation.
He urged the MMDAs not to be overly dependent on the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) but rather initiate innovative approaches to generate more revenue internally.
He then challenged the Town and Country Planning and Survey Departments as well as the Lands Commission to “abide by the rules and regulations of their profession concerning the allocation of plots and ensure that these plots are developed according to their designated land use, in order to avoid the danger of flooding and the accompanying loss of lives and property, as being experienced in parts of this country any time it rains”.
Fourteen Members, comprising Ten (10) elected Members and Four (4) Government Appointees, were sworn into office by a Magistrate at the Madina District Court, Her Lordship Priscilla Dapaa Mireku while Hon. Nii Anang Ofori, Papao Mantse, was elected as the new Presiding Member (PM) of the Assembly under the supervision of the Electoral Commission.
Accepting his new office, Hon. Nii Anang Ofori expressed great happiness for the honour done and thanked his colleagues for electing him.
He pledged to help move the Assembly forward through the collaborative effort of his fellows. “The need for my leadership will be mobilization of funds for the Assembly”. the PM emphasized.
The Unit Committee Members are expected to be sworn into office separately at a later date.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
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