By Bernice Bessey
The Greater Accra Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, together with chiefs and other state officials, has commissioned a new office complex for the Ga South Municipal Assembly at the cost GH¢1,482, 670.20.
The project funding consisted of 30% of the District Assemblies Common Fund, and 70% of the Assembly’s Internal Generated Funds (IGF).
It is worth noting that the Ga South is one of the newly -created assemblies less than two years old, and under the leadership of Joseph Nyarni Stephen, been able to build an office complex to accommodate its staff, and, as well, enhance service delivery.
Mr Ashitey, while delivering a speech to occasion the commissioning of the new edifice on Tuesday at Galilea in the Bortianor-Ngleshi-Amanfrom Constituency, commended the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the effort that within one and half years had moved from a rented facility.
According to him, the new edifice would promote work place productivity and enhance effective service delivery to the public, and urged the Assembly members to ensure them that the structure is well managed.
Kwasi Boateng Adjei, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), said: “The office complex should also remind us (staff) that it is the taxpayers money that has given us this comfort. We must equally be concerned about their needs and not disappoint them when they come here for services. Therefore, we have a duty to the citizens, and the citizens also have a duty to the assembly.”
He said sometimes people think that the assembly is an edifice sitting somewhere, as most people look at the assembly and think they are cut off from it, even though it is their contributions, by way of taxes and licenses that support the assembly to deliver its needed services.
“Besides that, the assemblies will require the support of the people, and that is why each time we are doing our medium term development plan, we create an opportunity for the people of this municipality to come and share their views about development, so that together, we can plan,” he added.
He also urged the assembly to embrace the challenges and opportunities that come along with urbanisation to position itself, especially in revenue mobilisation.
Mr Adjei added that there were lots of people who want to do business and make more money in the Ga South Municipality, advising the staff to think of how they can create an enabling environment for the assembly to be able to encourage people to be able to do their own work.
He further charged the assembly to ensure there was an adequate security to make people safe and secure in conducting their businesses.
The deputy MLGRD Minister reiterated on quality delivery of services, which should “start with basic things like cleanliness of the environment, and ensuring that the environment is sanitised so that we can be able to reduce the incidents of diseases. Other areas of activities that should occupy our efforts are to ensure that we support in the delivery of that would encourage people, private sector, to do their own production by way of goods or services,” he urged.
In his view, the Ga South Assembly had exhibited a module that sister assemblies must learn from.
The chief for Ngleshie Alata Amanfrom, Nii Keashie Bolor V, appealed to the government to establish a court for the municipality to take off their burden of traveling to other jurisdictions such Cape Coast, Winneba, Agona Sewedru, and Accra to adjudicate their cases.
He also prayed the government to resolve the border issue between the traditional area and Afutu, to avert border conflicts between them.