TMA inaugurates two Sub-Metro Councils
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has inaugurated the Tema Central and Tema East sub-Metropolitan District Councils at two separate ceremonies.
In fact, 40 sub-metropolitan Councillors were supposed to be sworn into office by His Worship Joseph MacLean, a Tema Magistrate Court judge, but the TMA suspended one of the members at Tema Central.
The reason for the suspension was not disclosed to the media.
As a result, 19 and 20 Councillorsrespectively were officially inaugurated at the Tema Central and East.
The inauguration is in fulfilment of the Legal Regime as contained in Section 3(4) of the Local Governance Act 2016(Act 936) and the Local Government Sub-Metropolitan District Councils of Metropolitan Assemblies (Establishment, Composition and Functions) Instrument, 2015, LI 2223.
These mandate the promotion of popular participation among the citizenry and to inculcate very high sense of ownership where local development is concerned.
Felix Mensah Annan-La, the Tema Chief Executive, in his address to the Councillors, urged them to demonstrate high commitment and selflessness in the discharge of their duties, as well as be guided by the rules and regulations governing the Ghana’s Local Government system.
The MCE explained that the sub-metropolitan councils are necessary structures in the Local Government system, so their inauguration.
He said: “Indeed, your position as Councillors placegreater responsibility on you, not only as citizens but as community leaders. You are expected to exhibit exceptional qualities and commitment towards the realisation of the Phase Two of the Tema Restoration Agenda.
“There is no doubt that you are assuming office at a time when the communal spirit in our various localities has declined. You are expected to galvanise the grassroots and get them involved in achieving the sustainable development which is eluding us as residents of Tema, the model city in Ghana.
“As sub-metro councilors, you need to deliberate on issues in your community and be guided by the rules of the work. You must come out with innovative strategies to help generate enough revenue in your communities for development.”
Mr Annan-La continued that poor sanitation and waste management is one of the challenges the Councillors would have to help the assembly solve with innovative ideas.
He urged the Councillors to involve community members and all stakeholders, including business entities and faith-based organisations in their sub-metro area to collectively support the District Council for it to succeed.
“Finally, I would urge you, Councillors, to elect your respective Sub-Metropolitan chairpersons,” he said, reminding them to work in unison with the Tema Traditional Council and authorities of the area to help the assembly succeed in his ‘Tema Restoration Agenda’ vision.