The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has organized a capacity building workshop for newly sworn-in Assembly Members on the Local Governance Act (Act 936) and the Model Standing Orders for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The participants numbering 30 were taken through topics such as the composition of Act and the Assembly, benefits of the Act and its challenges, functions of Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) and the Presiding Member (PM) and Assembly members as well as the functional relationships between the MCE and Assembly Members.
Other topics treated were the committee system in the Assembly as stipulated in the Local Government Act 936, types of meetings of the Assembly, functions of the Assembly and the sub-structures and the DOS and DON’TS of Assembly Members.
Mrs Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Taiwah Sackey Deputy Regional Minister for Greater Accra, in a remark, admonished the Assembly Members to work towards addressing the challenges facing their communities to bring development.
She urged them to study the Model Standing Orders to familiarize themselves with the proceedings of the assembly.
She also called on the assembly members to undergo routine medical check-ups to know the state of their health.
Mr Jonathan Azasoo, Executive Director of Zirmacon Multi -Consult Limited, who took the trainees through the workshop said the Assembly Members must make use of the Acts and the Sections in the Model Standing Order to enable them to express themselves freely and confidently during their various Assembly meetings.
She stressed the need for assembly members to organize communal labour, ensure peace in the community, plant trees, assist in mobilising revenue, educate community members on government’s projects and programmes.