Members of Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly sworn in

By
Afedzi Abdullah/Victoria Agyemang, GNA

Cape Coast, Jan. 24,
GNA – Sixty-six assembly members, including four women, were on Thursday sworn
into office at the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly to oversee its activities
for the next four years.

Twenty-one,
including the four women, are government appointees.

No woman was elected
during the just ended District Level Elections in the Metropolis.

The Assembly,
however, failed to elect a presiding member after two attempts by the two
contenders, Mr Abdul Malik Adjei and Nana Kweku Awuku, who could not secure the
two-thirds majority to win.

During the first
round of voting, Mr Adjei polled 22 votes, whilst Nana Awuku received 46 votes.

The second round
resulted in 24 and 44 votes respectively.  

The Assembly,
therefore, postponed the elections in accordance with the Local Government Act
936.

Justice Emmanuel
Lodoh, a Cape Coast High Court Judge, led the Assembly members to swear the
official Oath, Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Secrecy.

Reading the
President’s inaugural message, Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in
charge of Tertiary Education, admonished the Assembly Members to device
strategies for effective mobilisation of resources for the overall development
of the Metropolis.

He noted that the
active participation of citizens was key to good governance and urged the
Assembly to create a platform for stakeholders using the social accountability
tools including town hall meetings and general community engagement to interact
with the people.

The Minister charged
the members to advance the implementation of government flagship programmes in
a coordinated manner to bring about economic and social development.

Prof. Yankah further
urged them to take advantage of the automation and other innovative systems
developed by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to improve
their Internally Generated Funds (IGF).

Mr Ernest Arthur,
the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the CCMA, in his welcoming speech, said
the concept of decentralisation had built a solid foundation for the
socio-economic development of the country.

He, therefore,
charged the Assembly to be responsible and hardworking as they would be judged
by the level of development in their respective electoral areas.

GNA

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