The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has held a buffet lunch to honour over 60 of senior citizens within the municipality at Abokobi. The event was in commemoration of Ghana’s 56th Republic Day anniversary celebrations.
Over 60 senior citizens in the municipality who had excelled in their various fields of endeavour and contributed immensely towards the development of their respective communities and the municipality as a whole during and after their period of active service were invited to the programme.
They were entertained with cultural dances by the Amamere Cultural Troop from Oyibi and treated to a buffet lunch with assorted meals and drinks including fufu and banku.
Addressing the participants, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. John Kwao Sackey, paid glowing tribute to the gallant senior citizens for diligently serving their communities and the municipality at large.
He urged all citizens to be guided by the basis for which the nation became a republic and build upon what was bequeathed to us by our Forefathers.
“The significance of this occasion should spur us on to greater heights as a nation as envisaged by our Forefathers – a peaceful, democratic and economically strong nation and united people”, he emphasized.
The MCE called on all Ghanaians to be law-abiding and respect the regulations governing the electoral process to ensure that the country remains peaceful and stable after the 2016 general elections.
“Let us not take the law into our own hands and visit anarchy and pandemonium on this nation and its people. We have done it before and we will surely succeed this time too”, the MCE pleaded.
He further announced plans by the Assembly to facilitate a violent-free elections in the municipality.
According to him, the Assembly has now established an office for the Electoral Commission at Kwabenya a suburb of the municipality and is making frantic efforts to resource the security agencies to be efficient and effective in their operations.
Hon. Kwao Sackey used the occasion to inform the senior citizens about the state of development in the municipality, mentioning that “the Assembly is among the beneficiaries of the 6 new district hospitals and the over 200 Community Day Senior High Schools being constructed by the government across the length and breadth of the country” and indicated that both projects were expected to be completed and commissioned before the end of this year.
He also told the gathering that the Assembly had established a District Court, also at Kwabenya, to facilitate, among others, the adjudication of sanitation cases.
Ten (10) senior citizens were honoured and awarded with certificates of recognition and citations which celebrated their hard-work, selfless dedication and commitment to public service in their community and the municipality in general.
The awardees included the only surviving female Member of Parliament in the First Republican Government, Hon Madam Lucy Annin, and a former Sports Coach of the University of Ghana, Mr. Jonathan Aduakwa, who initiated the construction of the University of Ghana Sports Stadium and also the record holder of the 1-mile (now 1,500 metres) race in 1957 at the English West African Athletics competition in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Some of the senior citizens shared their experiences in their working life and appealed to the Assembly to widen the scope of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme to cover the many aged in the municipality who are without any means of survival.
The Presiding Member (PM) for the Assembly, Hon. Nii Annang Ofori, who chaired the function, advised young people in the municipality to tap from the experiences and knowledge of the senior citizens to enable them achieve greater laurels in life.
He again charged the youth to work hard and seek to make an impact on society whether they are recognized or not in their efforts.
The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, Municipal Finance Officer (MFO), Mr. Francis Adu-Marfo, Municipal Planning Officer (MPO), Mr. Sampson Slessor Agbeve, Municipal Engineer, Mr. Justine Glover and Marriage Registrar, Dr. Mrs. Martha Opare-Hammond were some of the key officers of the Assembly who attended the programme.
The occasion was also graced by the Honourable Assembly Members for Abokobi, Ablorh Adjei, Agbogba, Haatso, Atomic, Taifa North and South.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pics by: Owula Adjeye/Stephen Quartey