The Assembly Member for Ofoase-Kokoben, Effah Micheal, has indicated that even though assembly members are contributing to development needs nationwide, government has failed to motivate them with some monthly remuneration.
He says that unlike Members of Parliament who always receive monthly salaries, financial benefits plus other bonuses, majority of assembly members are had pressed when making sure that certain demands of their communities are addressed.
He said that donations at funerals, monies for some social responsibilities plus other engagements that demand their support are all made at their own expense with no money whatsoever from government coffers.
Narrating his ordeal to this paper in an interview, Effah Micheal noted that failuere on their part to meet these demands from electorate cause them to be branded as inefficient, stingy and uncaring assembly members, and that should government fail to reconsider the Local Government Act on the grounds of incentives for Assemblymen and women, the woes of their administration will deepen.
He said that majority of the electorate due to their lack of clear understanding on the developmental role of assembly members, sometimes come up with unnecessary demands.
Despite the forgoing challenges, Effah Micheal has awarded scholarship to two students at Ofoase Kokoben Senior High School, facilitated the construction of a 12-unit classroom block under the Get-fund, for the SHS which is now 80% complete, facilitated the absorption of Ofoase Kokoben SHS by the government, and has established an education fund to support needy but brilliant students.
Micheal has also succeeded in securing 20 street light bulbs and facilitated the re-wiring of the community.