Friday 24th January, 2020
Osei-Twum/Bright Asamoah, GNA
Takoradi, Jan 24,
GNA – The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly has sworn in 36 newly elected
members and 17 government appointees to steer affairs of the Assembly towards
accelerated social and economic growth for the next four years.
53-member Assembly at the inaugural session on Thursday, the Metropolitan Chief
Executive, Mr Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam, appealed to the newly constituted
Assembly to engage chiefs, opinion leaders and the youth for holistic
development of their communities.
He also called on
the members to adopt innovative ways of mobilising resources to increase
Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of the Assembly.
The Minister for
Works and Housing, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, said shoring up the Assembly’s IGF was
the guaranteed way to fund specific development projects for improved
He also said
increase in IGF mobilisation would automatically reflect in the allowances
Assembly Members would receive and the kind of development that could be
undertaken at the local level inuring to the people’s benefit.
He advised that
management of the Assembly capitalised on advantages of the digital address
system and property registration to accumulate property rates for increased
The Minister was not
happy about the sprouting of slums and unwarranted buildings in the Metropolis
in recent times, and called on the Assembly to coordinate with the MCE to
ensure compliance with building regulations.
The Assembly members
were urged to prioritize waste management and sanitation through passage and
enforcement of by-laws to ensure compliance in order to rid the Metropolis of
They were also
called on to “dutifully” execute their mandate since they played vital roles in
ensuring that government delivered on its promises to citizens.
Mr Akyea said:
“Unity is key towards delivering on your mandate. It is not backbiting…It is how
you reduce the poverty among your people.”