Members and staff of the Kwadaso Municipal Assembly (KwMA), last Sunday, showed love and appreciation to their outgoing Coordinating Director by showering him with gifts, citations, praises, blessings and words of exaltations.
Mr. Emmanuel Aborkodjar Ntoso, the outgoing Municipal Coordinating Director, recently ended his public service career which spanned some three and half decades.
The Kwadaso Municipal Assembly is one of the assemblies carved out of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly in 2018 as established by Legislative Instrument (L.I) 2292 of November 2017, and inaugurated on March 15, 2018, with Kwadaso as its administrative capital.
Mr. Ntoso, in an emotional speech, stated that he disagreed with Coordinating Directors who find it difficult to work with their MMDCEs, emphasizing that such disagreements were inevitable especially during prioritising projects but explained that there must always be the need to find a common ground during such times.
He said the Coordinating Directors’ role as the spending officer was to ensure that the right things were done at the Assembly, and must always cooperate with the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), who are the principal account holders.
The Coordinating Directors, he explained, were, therefore, like “leaders of the grassroots” and the masses to ensure at all times that the citizens got their fair share of the national cake.
Mr. Richmond Agyenim-Boateng, MCE, said it was a mixed feeling of sorrow and joy that the Coordinating Director was proceeding on retirement after a successful career in Local Government Service, and added that Mr. Ntoso had left a mark and legacy at the KwMA.
He said the outgoing Director had made working with the district assemblies very interesting and attractive through his passion for the work, and by allowing every staff of the Assembly to perform his or her role freely within the entity.
The MCE said Mr. Ntoso was the fourth Coordinating Director he had worked with since he was appointed MCE five years ago, but he had learnt a lot from the outgoing Coordinating Director, because he had a wealth of experience with the District Assembly work, and the KwMA would continue to tap from him even though he was on retirement.
Mr. Samuel Kwaku Gyasi, the Presiding Member (PM), remarked that the outgoing Coordinating Director had left a vacuum at the Assembly, and, therefore, expected that any new Coordinating Director would have to work harder in order to measure up to the standard set by Mr. Ntoso.
Earlier that morning, Mr. Ntoso, accompanied by his family and staff of the Municipal Assembly, attended a Thanksgiving Service at the Bethel Assembly of the Church of Pentecost near the Santasi Roundabout, where he was an Elder of the church.
From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey