The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has cautioned newly elected and appointed assembly members to discharge their duties without partisan considerations and not to belittle powers conferred on them by the people.
According to him, the assembly is not an extension of parliament and that it should not be seen as a partisan platform.
Mohammed Adjei Sowah said this on Thursday in Accra during the inaugural ceremony of the newly constituted Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
" The Local Governance Act (Act 936) which governs all of us states clearly and I want to caution all of us not to belittle the power that has been bestowed on us by the people of Accra. Let me caution that this is an assembly and not a partisan platform.
“The mandate given to us by the good people of Accra is to come here and discharge our duties without partisan considerations. it appears that what is creeping into our assembly is we want to treat the assembly as an extension of parliament and it is not so, " he said.
He also used the occasion to congratulate the new assembly members and reminded them that their responsibility was to help change the lives of the people in the city.
“I, therefore, charge all of us here especially those who are going to be sworn in today that the responsibility is to change the lives of the people of Accra. let it not be said that when you were in office you did little or nothing, posterity will judge all of us,” he said.
The Presidential Adviser on HIV/AIDS, Ambassador Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi who read a speech on behalf of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, reiterated that the assemblies were a critical part of government, and have a role to play in ensuring that the government delivers on its promises to Ghanaians.
The President charged the newly constituted assembly to advance the implementation of government coordinated programmes of economic and social development policies; 2017-2024.
He also encouraged the assembly members to support the assembly to raise its internally generated funds and ensure compliance with the building rules and regulations on the zoning and development of lands to avoid flooding and accompanying loss of life and property.
"Let me remind you again that you are being inaugurated at a time when efforts are being made by the government through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to enhance Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of MMDAs, particularly in the area of property rates. I invite you to take advantage of automation and other innovative systems developed by the ministry to improve our internally generated funds. This can be achieved if street naming and property addressing is pursued vigorously. Working hand in hand with the National Digital Property Addressing System, and the Ghana Post, that is the GPS. You are directed to work with the Land Evaluation Division of the Land Commission to have ratable properties in your jurisdiction, valued to inform a more effective and transparent property rating, " he said.
The President charged the assembly to use its byelaws to enforce compliance in sanitation management and environmental health standard rules to ensure a clean and healthy environment as well as work towards a diversified and commercially oriented agricultural sector to generate employment and address rural poverty in Ghana.
Nii Akwei Bonso II, Stool Secretary of Ngleshie Alata, who spoke on behalf of the traditional authorities admonished the assembly members to liaise with traditional leaders to achieve developmental goals in their areas.
“I employ you to go to the palaces, see the authorities for your development plans. Never shed the opportunity to liaise with us. This can make you win your seat again,” he said.
The assembly members were sworn in by Her Ladyship Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe, a Justice of the High Court.