Three newly-created Municipal Assemblies have been inaugurated in Accra with a call on residents to pay their rates and tolls regularly to accelerate development in the municipalities.
The new Assemblies, which were carved out of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) are, Ablekuma Central Municipal Assembly, Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly and Osu Klottey Municipal Assembly.
The inauguration was supervised by the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey and the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama.
The Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, who represented the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the inauguration of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly said the creation of the municipalities forms part of the government's agenda to enhance the decentralisation process in order to speed up development.
He said the Assemblies are an integral part of the President’s vision for economic and social transformation as provided in the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017 to 2024 presented to the Parliament.
He revealed that, the creation of the new Assemblies were in accordance with the 1992 constitution and Local Government Act 2016, adding that these Assemblies are considered to be essential for ensuring balanced and equitable development at the local level.
He said government's flagship projects and initiatives in the short-to-medium term would be successful if Assemblies play their respective roles to revitalize the economy, revamp economic and social infrastructure, transform agriculture, provide social development, and reform the delivery of institutions as well as the leveraging of science, technology and innovation for development.
He appealed to all citizens to embrace the decision to elect Metropolitan Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to ensure greater efficiency, accountability, democracy and development.
"We should endeavour to make the decentralization agenda work by minimizing agitations on the siting of district capitals, election of presiding members, and appointment of government nominees, chief executives and the provision of critical facilities in parts of the Municipalities," he added.
Mayor of Accra, Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah in his remark assured that, the AMA would continue to support the newly created Assemblies since most of the city’s challenges were cross jurisdictional and urged the Assemblies to collaborate with the AMA to help achieve the Urban Development Agenda.
He said, AMA’s efforts to actualise the President’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa, was on course as his outfit had successfully closed down 90% of all the illegal dumpsites in the city.
He further charged the new Assemblies to employ innovative ways to mobilise revenue to be able to generate enough resources to manage the Assembly and tasked business owners to pay their tolls and rates to enable the effective management of the newly created Assemblies.
Mayor Sowah described physical development as a very important area for the new Assemblies to focus on, adding that, “I will urge the Department of Works and Physical Planning of the new Assemblies to be tactful in demarcating old areas of development to avoid the sprouting of unplanned developments in the city.”
The ceremony also saw the presentation of 30 waste bins and 10 motorized tricycles to each of the new Municipal Assemblies by Zoomlion Ghana Limited to aid in the fight against filth.