Posted 12th Februray 2024                     BY:OBED ANNAN (SNR. INF. ASST.)

 

INAUGURATION OF ASSEMBLY MEMBERS-UDEMA

The Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly inaugurated its Fifth (5th) Assembly of the Municipality on Monday 12th February, 2024 at the Municipal Assembly Conference Hall in Dunkwa-On-Offin.

The Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Ebenezer Forson Appiah disclosed that he was delighted for being part of the inauguration of the Fifth (5th) Assembly of the Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly. He indicated that on behalf of Management and Staffs, Nananom and people of Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly, he warmly welcomed Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim-Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for Offinso North.

   He took the opportunity to welcome everyone to the inaugural ceremony of Assembly Members. He added that the Local Governance Act (Act 936 of 2016) which mandates us that every Four (4) years, we have to elect our leaders at the local levels and electoral areas. He noted that the Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly has Twenty-Nine (29) electoral areas with Twenty-Nine (29) elected Assembly Members and the Local Governance Act gives the right to the President of the Republic 30% of appointment to add it to the Twenty-Nine (29) Elected Members in addition with the Member of Parliament and the Municipal Chief Executive to constitute the Membership of the Assembly.

He emphasized that adding the Member of Parliament and the Municipal Chief Executive plus the 30% Appointees and the Twenty-Nine (29) elected Assembly Members, the total was Forty-Three (43) Assembly Members and Forty-One (41) were inaugurated for the Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly with the exception of the Member of Parliament and the Municipal Chief Executive.

 Hon. Ebenezer Forson Appiah used the opportunity to thank and expressed the appreciation of the good people of Upper Denkyira East to Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim for his numerous contributions towards the development of the Municipality. He again disclosed that Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim promised to give to the Municipality a befitting Modern Assembly Block but because of challenges the project has delayed.

He expressed his joy to Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim for his contribution to the development of the Municipality. He acknowledged all elected and appointed Assembly Members. He again indicated that the name “honorable” given to them is not an achievement but a work that they have taken upon themselves. He urged them to take their work with love and good heart to serve the Municipality and their respective electoral areas.        

The Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim on behalf of the President of the Republic His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo disclosed that he was happy to join the inauguration throughout his able representatives’ at the nationwide inauguration of the District Assemblies following successful conduct of the District Level Elections (DLE) in December last year.

He congratulated all elected Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members and in accordance with the 1992 Constitution of the Republic appointed 30% of the Assembly who together with those elected as well as the Member of Parliament and the District Chief Executive to constitute the Membership of the Assembly. He indicated that as Assembly Members, they have the mandate to deliberate, plan, mobilize resources, make decisions including bye-laws to ensure the transformation of the Assembly towards the Ghana we all want. He added that the occasion another important milestone towards deepening decentralization as stipulated in article 35 (16) of the 1992 Constitution.

He noted that the article enjoins the state to promote decentralization and popular participation in governance by affording all possible opportunities to the citizenry to participate in decisions making at all levels of government. He emphasized that decentralization reforms started in 1988 with only One Hundred and Ten (110) District Assemblies has made progress in several areas with Two Hundred and Fifty-Nine (259) been inaugurated out of the Two Hundred and Sixty-One (261) with the exclusion of Two (2) whose tenure are yet to end.

Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim again disclosed that we can all agree that government is closer to the people than it had ever been in the history of the country. He again indicated that as the composition of the Assembly is been done, its envisage that new ideas and opportunities will be merged to deepening the deliberative and legislative executive functions of the District Assembly. He again added that it was an honor and privilege to be elected or appointed as Assembly Member to serve the residents of your localities.

He therefore intreated them to build a good working relationship with their other colleague Assembly Members, Hon. Chief Executive, Member of Parliament, Staffs of the Assembly and the people they represent. He again noted that they should establish strong partnership and collaborate with the local structures particularly the urban, town and zonal area councils, unit committee and the traditional authorities as well as other identify groups to facilitate the work of the Assembly. He again emphasized that Assembly Members should work with each other closely to create innovative ways to mobilize the needed resources for the development within their areas.

Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim further disclosed that Assemblies are a critical part of governance structure and process with the significant role dedicated to local institutions. He further indicated that the Assemblies are mandated to support the government to deliver on its programs and projects to the benefit of the people together with the Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament. He entreated Assembly Members to advance the implementation of government’s coordinated programs of economic and social development policies 2022-2025.

He further added that the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development has formulated several sector policies that contribute towards the national agenda and the critical among these are the national decentralization policy and strategy, the national policy and action plan, the local and development policy and action plan and the rural development policy. He further noted that as they deliberate on development interventions in their local areas, its important that these policies guide them in decision making process any local project and program will need to be aligned with these national and sectoral policies.

He further emphasized that the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development through the Institute of Local Governance Studies will organize orientation and training to Assembly Members to enable them participate and appreciate their expected roles and responsibilities. He advised that as Assembly Members, unity is the key to their success and he duly inaugurated the Fifth (5th) Assembly of the Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly.

The newly elected and appointed Assembly Members were sworn in by the Circuit Court Judge Mr. Franck Asiedu.

The election of the PM also took place with one (1) candidate, namely Hon. Kwesi Owusu Antwi. The Municipal Electoral Officer, Mr. Rudolph Chireh conducted the election to elect a PM.

Mr. Kwesi Owusu Antwi got 42 votes representing 100%. Total votes cast was 42. No rejected and no spoilt. Hon. Kwesi Owusu Antwi was elected the PM and sworn the Oat of secrecy before his Lordship Franck Asiedu the Circuit Court Judge.

The new elected MP, Hon. Kwesi Owusu Antwi expressed his appreciation and gratitude to everyone for a successful election. He appealed to Assembly Members to do their work diligently and urged them to play their role to develop and make the Municipality proud.

A motion was moved for the acceptance of Model Standing Orders. It was seconded and there was no counter motion. A motion was moved for the language (s) for deliberation in the floor of the house which were Twi and English. It was seconded and there was no counter motion.