Madam Janet Tulasi Mensah has been confirmed by the Assembly Members for the Ga East Municipal Assembly as the new Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) following her nomination by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a fortnight ago.
The 49-year old Madam Janet Tulasi Mensah secured 100 per cent vote in a second round voting after securing 8 “Yes” endorsements as against 6 “No” in the first round of election organized by officials from the Ga East Municipal Electoral Commission Office and supervised by a Deputy Greater Accra Regional Director and Ga East Municipal Director, Mrs. Gladys Pinkrah and Mrs. Janet Koranteng respectively.
The Special General Assembly meeting organized to confirm the President’s Nominee for the MCE position for the Assembly dragged for close to four hours following her inability to secure a two-thirds majority vote of the Assembly with a membership of 14.
This necessitated a caucus meeting at a separate location outside the main conference hall of the Abokobi Presbyterian Women’s Centre where the Special Assembly meeting was held.
After nearly two hours of intense discussions and negotiations, the Honourable Assembly Members reconvened and voted all “Yes” to give Madam Janet Tulasi Mensah an emphatic nod to become the first-ever female MCE for GEMA since its creation in 2004.
In her brief acceptance speech, the Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, obviously heaving a huge sigh of relief, thanked God for bringing that far and expressed her heart-felt thanks to President Nana Addo for having belief in her competence and nominating and giving her the opportunity to serve in the capacity as MCE.
She also thanked the Assembly Members for confirming her to lead the Assembly as well as her party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency for reposing confidence in her and supporting her to this stage.
Hon. Tulasi Mensah assured of her readiness to take up the mantle to advance the developmental agenda of the Nana Addo-led government and help propel the development of the municipality to a greater height.
“I am determined to advance the vision of President Nana Addo and the work that needs to be done in the constituency (municipality) and especially as a woman, I’ve to go the extra mile to make the constituency an enviable one.”
Earlier, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, who was the special guest of honour, advised the Assembly Members to unite and endorse the nominee and support her to deliver speedy development for the municipality.
The Presiding Member, Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum, was grateful to his colleagues for making history by voting overwhelmingly in favour of the nominee to become the first female MCE for the Assembly.
The Special Assembly meeting was also attended by the Chief Director of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Mr. Ernest Nyagbe, immediate-past MCE, Hon. John Kwao Sackey, Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, Greater Accra Regional Women’s Organizer, Mrs Joyce Zempare, traditional rulers in the municipality, Heads of Security Agencies, Heads of Departments and Staff of the Assembly as well as the Executive and a host of members of the NPP in the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency and people from various parts of the municipality.
Nana Kumgyata VI, the Ankobeahen of Abura Traditional Area, who hails from Abakrampa in the Central Region was among the relatives of the Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah who attended the function to support her.
Hon Janet Tulasi Mensah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the Pentecost University and prior to her nomination, worked with an Auditing Firm in Accra.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Stephen Quartey/Sefa Darkey