Brief on AMA

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is one of the Two Hundred and Sixteen (216) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Ghana and among the sixteen (16) MMDAs in the Greater Accra Region. It was established in 1898 but has gone through several changes in terms of name, size and number of Sub-Metros since then. When Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1993, it is guided by Local Government Act, 1993, (Act 462) and under Legislative Instrument (L.I) 2034. The Assembly currently is made up of ten (10) Sub-Metros as La- Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly which used to be one of the Sub-Metros was elevated to an autonomous Assembly in June, 2012.

The 2010 Population and Housing Census puts  resident population at about one million six hundred and sixty five thousand and eighty six (1,665,086). However, City Authorities believe that  Population is about 4million. There is also a daily influx of more than one (1) million people who commute to the City for various socio-economic activities.

The resident population as well as the influx of over one million people is both an asset and cause of worry to management. While the relatively high population serves as a huge and vibrant market for investors, it also poses problem of sanitation and waste management, incidence of crimes as well as traffic jam especially during the peak hours of the day.

The Northern boundary of the Assembly is Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), to the West the Assembly shares boundary with Ga Central Municipal Assembly (GCMA). The Southern boundary stretches along the Gulf of Guinea from Gbegbeyese to the Vertinary Service Office and the Eastern Corridor of the Assembly is the La- Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LADMA).

The General Assembly is headed by the Presiding Member. It has a membership of 129 comprising of 76 Elected Members, 40 Government Appointees, 13 Members of Parliament and the Metro Chief Executive. There are fourteen (14) subsidiary committees which are as follows; Social Services, Finance & Administration, Development Planning, Justice & Security, Revenue Mobilization, Education, Works, Environment, Youth and Sports, Culture, Trade Tourism And Industry, Disaster Management, Food and Agriculture, Health and Women and Children.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) (Mayor) is a representative of the President at the Assembly and Responsible for the day-to-day performance of the Executive and Administrative functions of the Assembly. The Metro Coordinating Director (MCD) is the next in command and serves as Administrative head of the Assembly. The MCD reports directly to the MCE and is responsible for the day to day Administration of the Assembly regarding the implementation of the decisions and plans of the Assembly. The Assembly is further broken down into 16 departments and other Units with Heads of Departments who all report directly to the Metro Coordinating director (MCD).

Section 10 (3) of Act 462 prescribed 88 functions for the Metropolitan Assemblies. This may be summarized broadly as follows;

1. Be responsible for the overall development of the District

2. Formulate and execute plans, programs and strategies for effective mobilization of the resources necessary for the overall development of the District

3. Promote and support productive activity and social development in the district and remove any obstacle to initiative and development

4. Initiate programs for the development of basic infrastructure and provide municipal works and services in the District

5. Be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlement and the environment in the District

6. In cooperation with appropriate National local security agencies, be responsible for the maintenance of security and public safety in the District

7. Ensure ready access to the court and public tribunal in the district for the promotion of justice

8. Initiate, sponsor or carry out such studies as may be necessary for the discharge of any of the function conferred by the Act or any other enactment

9. Perform such other function as may be provided for under any other enactment.