The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has urged Heads of Departments and Units of the Assembly to lay aside any political inclinations and rally behind her to position and move the municipality forward. She was speaking at her first Management meeting since assuming office as the MCE.
Following her nomination and subsequent confirmation and swearing-in, the MCE, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, settled in her new seat in life as the Boss (Madam) of the Ga East Municipality.
It was therefore the obvious and proper first step to take by meeting with the people who have been entrusted with public funds and resources in the municipality.
Heads of Departments and Units took turns to brief the MCE about their respective roles and challenges they face in discharging them at the meeting.
The MCE, in a brief statement, after listening to the presentations by the officers, gave a clue of her leadership style and managerial acumen.
“I’m result-oriented person, I’m a team-player”.
Though the political head of the Assembly, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah appealed to the officers to eschew partisanship and focus on their job and support her to achieve her vision for the municipality.
“You are the technocrats I’m going to work with. We’ve had our elections, the politicking is over. I hope we’re going to work together to make this municipality an enviable one”.
She charged them to follow laid-down procedures and encouraged them to approach her individually when need be.
The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, stated that as civil servants, it was their duty to work with and for the government of the day to advance its agenda and promote the development of the people and communities.
He assured the MCE of the support of his officers to help push her agenda
“I know my officers, they are capable of delivering.
Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri also appealed to the officers to share with the MCE ideas that will help the Assembly generate more revenue for development.
“Everybody is talking about money but who should bring it? I believe we should look at those who can bring in the money as well. That necessarily doesn’t mean the Physical Planning, Works or the Finance Department; all the Departments. The areas that you believe there is potential to get some money, share the idea with us so that new revenue areas can be identified.”
Dr. Julius Dadebo, Municipal Director of Health, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues pledged their unflinching support to the MCE and advised them to be client-sensitive to ensure that the desired and professional services are rendered to the people.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Stephen Quartey