Assembly members, councilors advised to stop unnecessary fights …to secure public toilets
By Naa Betty Mingle
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has issued a stern word of advice to assembly members, councilors and unit committee members to steer away from fights to secure and operate public toilets.
He also urged them to guard against the temptations of approving and issuing unauthorised permits for the construction of illegal structures in their communities.
Addressing the inauguration of the reconstituted Sub-Metropolitan District Council of the AMA over the weekend, he said he was ready to work together with them towards the development of the Accra Millennium City.
He said these acts were not in consonance with the Assembly’s regulations, adding that they should rather engage with the people in planning solutions on basic developmental challenges in their communities.
“This should be done, rather than to refer every little challenge to the Head Office, which defeats the concept of decentralisation, and for that matter, your existence,” he stated.
The newly-inaugurated constituted members from the Osu Klottey, Ayawaso East and Okaikoi South sub- metropolitan District Councils and Unit Committees of the AMA.
These district councils and unit committees will aim to ensure a wider and more meaningful representation of people in decision-making.
It is also to set up a structure which would facilitate the participation of the people in the processes of administration and development.
Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije pointed out that the establishment of the Local Government Service and the subsequent passage of L.I 1961 had further deepened the decentralisation process.
He said this was for the reason that it had put the district assemblies in a new and wider paradigm of responsibilities in the overall administration and management of the Assembly’s jurisdiction.
He further noted that it was necessary to understand that sub-metropolitan district councils form an integral and very important part of the pursuit and quest to ensuring effective decentralisation for quality development in the Accra Metropolis
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