Ningo-Prampram District assembly inaugurated | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Laudia Sawer, GNA 

Prampram (GAR), Jan. 23, GNA – One hundred
and forty four persons have been inaugurated into the Ningo-Prampram District
Assembly following the December 7, 2019 District Level Elections, Thursday.    

The figure is made up of 22 elected assembly
members, 10 government appointees, the District Chief Executive, Member of
Parliament for the area and 110 unit committee members.  

The members who swore the oaths of secrecy
and of office were advised not to meddle in chieftaincy and land issues as that
was not part of their mandate. 

Nene Kanor Atiapa II, Mankralo and Acting
President of the Ningo Traditional Area, said it was not enough to carry the
title as Assembly members and unit committee members but must rather partner
the traditional councils and the Assembly to ensure sustainable
development.   

Nene Atiapa reminded them to meet regularly
with the residents and deliberate on issues concerning the area and how to
bring development to the people.   

Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, Director of the
Ghana Health Service, reading the President’s inaugural message, called for
unity, diligence, accountability and responsiveness from members to enable them
deliver on their mandates.

He added that active participation of the
citizens was also key to good governance and therefore urged the Assembly to
create a platform for stakeholders using the social accountability tools which
included town hall meetings and general community engagement.  

Mr Jonathan Teye Doku, Ningo-Prampram
District Chief Executive, in a welcoming address, urged the Assembly members
not to disappoint residents indicating that the people had confidence in
them.   

He reminded them that the role of either an
Assembly member or Unit Committee member was a sacrificial one and must
therefore dedicate themselves to serve the cause of the community. 

Meanwhile, the Assembly members were unable
to elect Presiding member after two attempts as none of the contenders polled
the needed 23 votes.

During the first round of voting, Mr Solomon
Djangma polled 19 votes, while Nathan Nartey and Norman William Junior received
11 and three respectively.

Mr Djangma and Mr Nartey contested the
second round which resulted 22 and 11 respectively.

The Assembly therefore postponed the
election in accordance with the Local Government Law.

GNA