The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, together with 12 other Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Greater Accra Region have been sworn into office by the Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, in Accra.
The ceremony which took place at the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) saw 13 MMDCEs out of the 16 in the Greater Accra Region into office with that of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Chief Executive, Hon. Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, haven been sworn into office earlier while the nominees for La-Nkwantanang-Madina (LaNMMA), Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, and Ada East, Hon. Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, were rejected by their respective Assemblies.
The 13 were Chief Executives for Ga East, Janet Tulasi Mensah, Adenta, Hon. Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Hon. Felix Mensah-La, Ada West, Hon. Adzoteye Lawer Akrofi, Ashaiman (ASHMA), Hon. Albert Boakye Okyere, Shai Osudoku, Hon. Daniel Akuffo, Ga Central, Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Lamptey, Ga South, Hon. Joseph Nyarni Stephen, Ga West, Hon. Clement Wilkinson, Kpone Katamanso, Hon. Solomon Appiah, La Dade Kotopon, Hon. Gladys Mann Dedey, Ledzokuku-Krowor, Hon. Adjeley Twum Gyamrah and Ningo Prampram, Hon. Jonathan Teye Doku.
Searing the MMDCEs into office, the Greater Accra Regional Minster, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, flanked by his Deputy, Hon. Elizabeth Kwatsoo Tawiah Sackey and Regional Coordinating Director (RCD), Mr. Ernest Nyagbe, advised them to see their overwhelming endorsement as the confidence and trust the people have in them and work hard to deliver development to them.
He charged them to avoid corrupt practices and learn the relevant laws and regulations associated with governance at the local level to ensure that they arm themselves with the requisite knowledge to aid in the discharge of their duty.
He told the MMDCEs to think strategically and learn fast to adapt to the murky and dynamic environment of governance at the local level.
“You are to serve the people within your area of jurisdiction and make them part of the decision-making process and governance at the local level. Your mandate places a huge responsibility on you as MMDCEs and will therefore require that you are well equipped with the requisite knowledge and capacity and you should prepare your minds and position yourselves well for the task ahead of you.”
The Regional Minister also advised the MMDCEs to collaborate with the various stakeholders in their respective jurisdictions especially traditional authorities to ensure that they work together to enhance the development of their areas.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the MCE for Adenta, Hon. Daniel Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, expressed utmost gratitude for the honour than them by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by nominating them into such august office and the subsequent endorsement by the their Assemblies.
He gave an assurance that they will put into practice what the Regional Minister has charged them to do and also go the extra mile to achieve the agenda for development as envisioned by the President.
He thanked the Assembly Members, Chiefs and all people who supported them to come this far.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by the Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Odame, Presiding Members and Coordinating Directors of the various MMDAs as well as Chiefs and Opinion Leaders.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman