The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, has assured senior citizens of the municipality of the Assembly’s commitment towards improving social services in the municipality to their benefit. She made this remark as she hosted and honoured over Seventy (70) senior citizens to mark Ghana’s 58th Republic Day Celebration.
The event, the first time hosted outside Abokobi and with live band, was brief yet colourful and lively, as the senior citizens, from 65 years and above, danced to popular gospel, highlife and foreign tunes performed by the Graceland Combo Band.
Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah in her address acknowledged the diverse contributions of the senior citizens to the development of the municipality and the nation as a whole.
“Mr Chairman, I am indeed overwhelmed by the excellent role our noble Senior Citizens in Ga East continue to play in the advancement of the municipality. Their active efforts in the various Residents’ Associations have brought much needed socio-economic improvements in our society. These Associations run mostly by our senior citizens, have built Police Stations and constructed roads and drains in their communities, and continue to play a key role, as major stakeholders, in the relationship between the Assembly and our citizens.”
She assured the senior citizens of her commitment towards improving their social lives as the rest from long period of hard-work and selflessly dedicated and committed service to the municipality and the nation.
“It is important to acknowledge the efforts made in the past to advance the development of this municipality. However, much needs to be done now to fix the numerous teething socio-economic challenges we face which have direct impact on the lives of you, our dear senior citizens. One such major challenge is the deplorable state of our road network and drains.”
She appealed to them to support the Assembly with their rich experiences and advice to help her realize her vision of making Ga East Municipality among its peers.
The Hon. MCE also appealed to the general citizenry to make conscious efforts to advance the ideals and significance of the republican status of the nation.
“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.”
In a message to the people on social media prior to the event, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah charged them to avoid practices which impact negatively on their lives and the socio-economic progress of the municipality and the nation.
“Let us shun attitudes and practices which destroy our environment, retard our socio-economic development of our municipality and nation.”
Ten (10) persons were recognized and honoured as Senior Citizens with a citation while all participating senior citizens were each given a token of half piece cloth and cash amount as transportation.
The senior citizens were also treated to sumptuous local and continental dishes as well as assorted drinks.
The MCE for Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA), Hon. Nii Noi Adumuah, was among a host of dignitaries who graced the occasion.
By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Pictures: Edward Tetteh, Sefa Darkey and Stephen Quartey