From Alfred Adams, Takoradi
Eight card-bearing members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) are in the race to be named the next Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the newly-created Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly in the Western Region. Out of the eight, The Chronicle can report that three have been shortlisted.
The three are Mr. Ato VanEss, a development consultant, Kwadwo Acquah, a former Western Regional Organiser of the party, and Mr. John Davies, a former Presiding Member of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA).
The Chronicle can also report on authority that the two legislators of the Effia and Kwesiminsim constituencies, Joseph Cudjoe and Joe Mensah respectively, have endorsed Mr. Ato VanEss, who is the Chairman of the Sekondi Takoradi Chamber of Commerce.
VanEss is a development consultant and currently the Chairman of the Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chief Executive Officer of Eff-Ess Group of Companies Limited, where he oversees all operations of the company’s oil and gas training, business management and the retail pharmacy outlets.
He holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration (GIMPA), a Master of Philosophy for Development Studies (University of Cape Coast), Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology (Kwame Nkrumah University Science & Technology (KNUST)), Diploma in Data Processing (KNUST) and City and Guilds Level 3 IVQ Specialist Advanced Diploma in Teaching, Training and Assessing Learning.
Currently, he is a PhD. Student in Leadership, Governance and Public Administration at GIMPA. John Davies, the former STMA Presiding Member, holds a degree from the University of Education Distance Education Programme and is currently the Assembly Member for Anaji. Kwadwo Aquah, the former Western Regional Organiser of the ruling party, on the other hand, in terms of education, is bankrupt and counting on his loyalty as a former Organiser to be named as MCE.
He recently told a radio station in Takoradi that having served as a loyal and committed member of the party, he was looking up to the President to appoint him as the MCE for the Assembly.
He went ahead and cited how his twin brother, Anthony K. K. Sam, was nominated for the position of STMA Mayor by the President, after serving as a committed Regional Secretary of the party.
Therefore, he, Kwadwo Acquah was looking up to the President to reward him with the position of Effia-Kwesimintsim MCE, having served as a former Regional and National Deputy Organiser of the party.