The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has urged Senior Citizens in the municipality to support her and the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to deliver on their mandates. She was speaking at the 2017 Senior Citizens’ day celebration at Abokobi.
The Ga East Municipal Assembly joined citizens throughout the nation and abroad to mark Ghana’s 57th Republic Day anniversary, popularly termed, “Senior Citizens Day”, with a buffet party for Senior Citizens within the municipality.
The occasion which is celebrated in modern times in honour of Senior Citizens who have toiled for the advancement of the nation and communities, brought together 60 Senior Citizens living in the municipality as well as Chiefs, staff of the Assembly and other well-wishers to mark the day.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, was joined by the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum and the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri as well as some Assembly Members to host her maiden national ceremony.
Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah underscored the significance of the occasion and paid glowing tribute to the Forefathers of the nation whose hardwork and selfless dedication and commitment to service attained our full freedom from colonial rule.
She however bemoaned the state of development in the country giving the good works of the early citizens of the land noting that though successive Presidents and past governments as well as the citizens have played their respective roles in the development of the country, much leaved to be desired.
“As we gather here today, it is appropriate for us to take a stock and soberly reflect on the impact of this day on our lives and the nation’s development. Our Forefathers envisaged a peaceful, democratic and economically strong nation and united people. But the question is, how far have we lived this reality? Can we confidently say we have achieved what our Forefathers envisaged?”
The MCE then appealed to the Senior Citizens to rally behind her and the President to ensure that the municipality leaps to a level everyone is desirous of.
“It is heart-warming to say that we have been blessed with capable hands in the person of President Nana Addo, who envisions “Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunities for all through Effective Decentralization”. If President Nana Addo will succeed for all of us to benefit from his leadership, we must all give him the needed support. As Senior Citizens, your wisdom, knowledge and experiences gained in your working life will prove helpful to our President and the government”, she emphasized.
Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah acknowledged the challenges facing the municipality, citing economic development and poor road network as the major bane.
She promised to continue and better the markets redevelopment initiative of the past administration and dispelled false claims that she has initiated moves to install a new Market Queen for the Dome Market.
“Let me take this opportunity to dispel untruth being peddled that I am mobilizing to install a new Queen Mother at the Dome Market. However, it is the intention of the Assembly to place the management of the Market under a Committee made up of Market Women and Men, Assembly Members and Staff and this will be done on Tuesday, 4th July, 2017”, she explained.
The MCE also mentioned that the Member of Parliament for the Dome Constituency, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo has lobbied for a 50km-road project to augment other initiatives of the Assembly to improve road network in the municipality.
The Chief of Abokobi, Nii Samuel Adjetey Mohenu, who chaired the function appealed to all to support the MCE to give the needed development to the municipality.
He advised the youth to be law-abiding citizens and learn from the examples of the elderly citizens and help promote the development of the municipality.
Nii Samuel Adjetey Mohenu who is also the President of the Ga East Chiefs Association, assured the MCE of their support and asked her to count on them in her endeavours.
The Senior Citizens were treated to some good old renditions of highlife music, patriotic songs and other contemporary tunes with the MCE taking to the floor to dance with some of them to the admiration of the gathering who responded with cheers and applause.
Some of them shared their experiences while others decried the spate of moral decadence and indiscipline among the youth, urging the youth to respect the elderly in soiciety.
The Senior Citizens were given a parcel of half-piece cloth each as well as T&T for the first time in the organization of the event in the municipality while Ten (10) of them were honoured with a beautifully framed Certificate of Recognition, for their outstanding service to the nation and municipality, as has become a key feature of the celebration in recent years.
The recipient of the awards were Mrs. Mary Kusi-Boateng, Dome Pillar 2, Mr. Theophilus Nii Aryee Tetteh-Quaye, Ashongman (Old), Mr. Jonathan Ayaa Anang, Agbogba, Mr. Jacob Ameyaw, Taifa South, Mrs. Grace Preko, Haatso, Madam Mary Amoah, Taifa North, Nii Tetteh Agoe Mensah, Kwabenya, Mr. Paul Baidoo, Kwabenya, Hon. Ernest Kotey Vialla Antonio, Abokobi, And Mr. Samuel Manyah Asare, Ashongman Estate.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Sefa Darkey/Stephen Quartey