The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has assured women of government’s commitment towards improving their socio-economic lives. The MCE gave this assurance when she inaugurated a 20-member Management Committee for the Dome Market.
The inauguration of the Dome Market Management Committee which was planned for last week, had to be postponed after the Market Queen had petitioned the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Elizabeth Kwatsoo Tawiah Sackey, on allegation that the MCE, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, had mobilized to install a new Market Queen.
Upon a meeting with the Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey and his Deputy, it was established that the MCE has not done anything untoward and was therefore given the green light to carry on with her good intentions culminating in the inauguration on Tuesday afternoon.
Scores of people including market women, residents and party faithful thronged the Dome Market to witness the history-making occasion.
They danced in wild jubilation prior and upon the arrival of the MCE and her entourage onto the grounds for the function.
The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri debunked claims making rounds about the plans by the MCE to install a new Market Queen and urged the people to treat it with a pinch of salt.
He advised the market women to support the MCE to enable her implement the plans she has envisioned for the upgrading of the Dome Market, stating that the President and the government have issues of women at heart and will facilitate their socio-economic advancement.
The Assembly Member for Dome East, Hon. Mohammed Ali, who is a member of the committee, said he was happy about the initiative taken by the MCE and pledged his commitment to ensuring proper and profitable management of the market.
Speaking to the massive gathering at the Dome Market, the MCE, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, expressed her dismay at the purported installation of a new Market Queen and indicated that it had never been her intention, rather the formation of a committee to manage the market.
She noted that the Dome Market is an iconic trading centre within the municipality and needed to raised to a befitting height.
She revealed that a lot of revenue is generated from the market but end up in private pockets to the detriment of the Assembly and traders in the market adding that the move is to ensure that the market operates within the confines of the laws and regulations of the country and help the Assembly to generate more revenue for development.
“For far too long, I can say on authority that, the Dome Market has not been properly managed and the time is rife for us to turn things around and help put this market at the level it should be. When I came here for the first time after taking office, I promised, among other things, to set up a committee which we are doing today”, the MCE stressed.
She rolled out plans to transform the market and assured the market women that she will the establishement of an office for the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) in the Dome Market and facilitate the provision credit facilities for them through it to shore up their business and improve their livelihoods.
“I have noted with much concern long before I became the MCE that there are more sellers here who cannot afford the shops we are constructing which in my opinion, defeats the purpose and idea of modernizing this market. In this direction, I want to assure you that we are going to make sure that more sheds are constructed to accommodate the majority of you who cannot pay to own and operate from the shops”.
Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah again assured the traders that steps are being taken to properly construct the drains in the market and pave the entire space to prevent the perennial flooding attendant muddy conditions often characterized with the market whenever it rained.
The 20-member Committee was sworn into office by the MCE who administered the oath of office.
To facilitate the work of the committee, the Assembly has allocated to them an office space in the Dome Market and is expected to be in operation soon.
President of the Committee, Madam Comfort Amui, lauded the MCE and the Assembly for the bold step taken to restructure and revamp the Dome Market and pledged that they will work diligently to realize the vision for the formation of the Committee.
The Committee Members are Felicia Amui (President), Comfort Allotey (Advisor), Kwabena Osei Bonsu (Secretary), and Clement Awuni (Coordinator/Public Relations Officer). The rest are Ruth Nyarkowaa (Member), Mr. Nketia, (Member – GPRTU), Abena Fosuaa (Member), Isaac Yeboah (Member), Comfort Ohenewaa (Member), Sandra Adjei Boateng (Member), Akoloma Adumbire (Member), Dora Yaa (Member), Elizabeth Adjeiwaa (Member), Akrofi Daniel (Member), Faustina Abena Auntie (Member), Hon. Mohammed Ali (Member – Dome East), Hon. Benjamin Okai (Member – Dome West) and Hon. Mary Odonkor (Member – Government Appointee).
Two more members are expected to be appointed to serve on the Committee.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Hon. Mary Odonkor, Government Appointee (Assembly Member) and 2nd Vice Chairperson for the New Patriotic Party in the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency and Mr. Seth Kofi Osei Kissi, Constituency Organizer.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Stephen Quartey