Absence Of Tema Mayor Stalls Operations
THE DAY-TO-DAY operations of the Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly (KKDA), according to DAILYGUIDE ‘s source in the area, are being hampered because of the continued absence of a functional Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).
The late President John Atta Mills before his death in 2012 played a key role in the establishment of the KKDA which was created out of the TMA and has come to add to the number of new assemblies created by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
The source continued that in line with the local government law, the KKDA was supposed to have been set up with support from the TMA.
The support, the source continued, was supposed to have been in the form of logistics including vehicles, money among others so as to enable it to function as an assembly on its own, adding that not much had been done for the KKDA.
Before the removal of Mr. Robert Kempes Ofosu-Ware from office by President John Dramani Mahama, a meeting was reportedly held with a view to looking into how the TMA could support the KKDA with the said support. Mr. Ofosu-Ware was said to have led some officials of the TMA where they met with the leadership of the KKDA to iron out issues which were seen as impediments to its smooth day-to-day running.
Issues such as payment of outstanding arrears to caterers of the school feeding programme under KKDA and payment of outstanding arrears to assembly members who served in TMA until the creation of KKDA were reportedly raised at the said meeting between the TMA and the KKDA.
‘I can tell you that the meeting looked at the issue regarding the release of outstanding two vehicles to KKDA, the release of additional new pick-up, motorbikes and skip loader to KKDA and the refund of outstanding stool land money of GH¢40,000.00 to KKDA towards the construction of a market complex at Kpone and other issues,’ the source remarked.
‘There was also the issue about an assistance from the regional coordinating council to help provide KKDA with legal aid to retrieve a guest house belonging to the Assembly at Turaku, an Ashaiman suburb and the best way to resolve an outstanding boundary dispute between the TMA and KKDA,’ the source further pointed.
Even though unconfirmed, the source continued that the TMA and the KKDA at the said meeting discussed an issue regarding a refund of an amount of GH¢3,400.00 being BOP on the Kpone landfill site to KKDA, establishment of joint ownership or management team to manage the Kpone landfill and to ensure regular fumigation and proper management of the landfill site.
‘As of now apart from the release of two pick-ups which were given to the KKDA by the TMA, none of the support which was supposed to be given to the KKDA to aid its establishment has been fulfilled,’ the source, which preferred to remain anonymous, stated.
‘Since Mr. Ofosu-Ware was removed from office as the MCE, the TMA has been unable to fulfil its promises to KKDA, thus making it difficult for the latter to struggle to generate revenue to implement its programmes and projects,’ the source noted.
In an attempt to ensure that something was done about the problem, the KKDA has reportedly written a letter signed by Mr. Mohammed A. Yakubu, its coordinating director and addressed to the TMA boss and deputy Greater Accra regional minister for an action to be taken so as to resolve the issue.
Efforts to reach Mr. Kempes Ofosu-Ware, Tema Mayor and Alhaji Tetteh, KKDA boss, for their sides of the story proved futile.
From Razak Mardorgyz Abubakar, Tema
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