The Ga East Municipal Assembly has held a programme to jointly commission its new Office Block Annex and swear Unit Committee Members into office.
The Office Block Annex, “Emmanuel Adzei Anang Block”, constructed through the Assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF), was named after His Excellency Emmanuel Adzei Anang, Member of Council of State, representing the Greater Accra Region.
The event brought together the various stakeholders of the municipality including Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members-elect, traditional rulers, religious leaders, market women, school children, staff of the Assembly as well as members of the general public.
It was a lively, colourful and well attended event interspersed with beautiful cultural performances by the Kwabenya Atomic MA 1&2 Cultural Troop, motioning the packed crowd at the premises of the Assembly at Abokobi into cheers and ecstasy as the event unfolded.
50 Unit Committee Members representing the 10 Electoral Areas of the Ga East Municipality were sworn into office by a Magistrate from the Madina District Court, Mr Richard Anku, assisted by the Ga East Municipal Electoral Officer, Mr. Kingsley Owusu-Ansah.
In his speech, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), for the Ga East Municipal Assembly, Hon. John Kwao Sackey, charged the Unit Committee Members to demonstrate selfless dedication and commitment towards in the discharge of the mandate for which they were elected.
He mentioned that the relationship between them and the stakeholders of the assembly was key to the success of their work. “Establish cordial and friendly relationship with them in the interest of the people in order to make your work more effective and achieve good outcomes”.
He also pleaded with the Members to be elected Zonal Council Chairmen to “work in close collaboration with the technocrats to ensure that we reap maximum benefit from the Zonal Councils. You must follow laid-down rules in the disbursement of public funds”.
The MCE, speaking on the office annex project, said, it was a “testimony of our resolve to think outside the box and do things differently from the normal process while sticking to laid down regulations”.
He said the Assembly spent GHC450,388.55 to complete the phase one of the three-storey structure through the efforts of the Works Department and Town & Country Planning which are to be occupied by the two Departments.
He noted that the learnings and experiences from the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) project on Sanitation and Water by the World Bank and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) was replicated in the ideas and implementation of the project.
According to the MCE, staff of the Works and Town & Country Planning Departments were tasked to improve upon the processing of Development Permits to generate more revenue which worked effectively leading to the construction of the Office Block Annex.
He commended the staff of the two Departments and the three Municipal Engineers, Messrs Lawrence Banaman, Alex Boateng and, currently, Justine Glover and hoped that the new office will help improve upon their work and particularly fast-track the Street Naming project.
Espousing the idea and reason for honouring the Council of State Member, Hon. John Kwao Sackey said His Excellency Emmanuel Adzei Anang rendered a creditable and dedicated service to the nation, especially, the Greater Accra Region, and beyond.
He told the gathering that the Assembly approved of the idea at the last General Assembly meeting held on 30th December, 2015 after extensive consultations with the stakeholders.
“But for you, the Ga District would not have been created. Today, we have five municipalities emerging from the then Ga District. We have not forgotten the support you gave the Cadres in their efforts to organize Ga Rural Chiefs to support the creation of the Ga District”, the MCE remarked.
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Isaac Djangma Vanderpujie, Delivering the Keynote address on behalf of the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, praised the Assembly for the wonderful initiative which resulted in the construction of the edifice from the Assembly’s own resources.
He commended the Assembly for the innovative approach used in funding the project and entreated other Assemblies to emulate them and move away from the situation of always relying on the Central Government chest for development projects.
“I’m not surprised at all about this great achievement we are about to unveil, simply because you have demonstrated dedication to the cause for which you were voted into office”, he stressed.
The Deputy Regional Minister also expressed gratitude on behalf of the President for the decision by the Assembly to honour the Council of State Member. “You have demonstrated that the toils of our heroes have not gone unnoticed. I believe this is the way to go as a nation; to recognize the achievements of our senior citizens and honour them while living”, he emphasized.
He paid glowing tribute to His Excellency Emmanuel Adzei Anang for serving the nation diligently as a Cadre, Public Servant, Educationist and, currently, Council of State Member.
Speaking to the newly inaugurated Unit Committee Members, Hon. Djangma Vanderpujie stressed the need for them to use their office to serve the needs of the people and communities in their Electoral Areas.
He advised them to “explain government policies for a better understanding to the ordinary Ghanaian in your various communities”.
The Assembly presented a well crafted and beautifully framed citation to the Council of State Member, which among other things, touted his achievements as a Cadre, Public Servant – Second Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) District Secretary for Tema – Educationist and Language Organizer/Supervisor.
The citation specifically attributed the creation of the then Ga District to his efforts through which five Municipal Assemblies have been created, including, the Ga East Municipal Assembly.
Representatives of the Cadres also presented a gift to the Council of State Member for his steering leadership qualities and shining example.
In his response, His Excellency Emmanuel Adzei Anang expressed profound gratitude to the Assembly and Chiefs and people of the Ga East Municipality for the great honour done him.
“Today’s event is exceptional because what we normally hear as it has been read is normally read at the funerals of departed souls. I must count myself lucky to be alive to hear what people think of me. My head is not swollen, but I’m rather humbled.”
He appeal to the young ones who are coming to take the cardinal point that they used as Cadres.
“I always stressed the pillars on which I was brought up was made up of 3 Hs. The first H is Humility, the second is Honesty and last is Hard work. That is what guided us as leaders to work at the time when we were not paid.”
He advised traditional leaders and public servants to desist from the tendencies to make “illegal monies” and urged them to strive and make an impact that will make people to remember them when they are no longer living.
The Council of State Member also urged the Assembly Members as well as the Unit Committee to “avoid corruption and illegal income into their pocket but rather serve their people with trust and transparency”.
“My word or advice is, you should serve the nation selflessly and do not make illegal income but positive income” he stressed.
The occasion was chaired by Hon. Nii Anang Ofori Presiding Member and witnessed by a host of dignitaries including the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr Martin Dassah.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman