By Hafsa Obeng, GNA
Accra, July 17, GNA – The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashittey, on Monday, swore in the newly elected Municipal Chief Executive for the La-Nkwantanag-Madina Municipal Assembly, and tasked her to work towards maintaining peace in the Municipality.
Ms Jennifer Dede Afegbedzi was able to secure the two-thirds of votes cast by assembly members to confirm her after coming back for the third time.
Mr Ashittey said her swearing-in was an ample affirmation of the confidence and trust the people had in her, therefore, she was expected to live up to the responsibilities, trust and the confidence reposed in her by the people.
He said: “For the duration of your term, you are to serve the people in the various communities within your area of jurisdiction to improve their general living conditions and make them part of the decision making process and governance at the local level.”
He noted that the dynamics of the Assembly system some years back in terms of the socio-economic, political, technical and administrative dimensions had changed considerably and this called for strategic thinking.
“Your mandate places a huge responsibility on you and would therefore require that you are well briefed and tooled with the requisite knowledge and capacity to be well positioned to offer useful and pragmatic policy choices, advice and alternatives to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in your Assembly,” he said.
Mr Ashittey urged the MCE to be courteous and co-operate with all interest groups within her jurisdiction and avoid partisanship to ensure development, and to make judicious use of all funds that would be made available to her.
“One does not perform based on age, size, and position but on hard work and commitment,” he said.
Madam Afegbedzi expressed appreciation for the opportunity granted her to serve her Municipality and assured that with her team, she would endeavour to engage stakeholders to ensure the rapid development of the Municipality.
She would focus on employment, sanitation, environmental degradation among others, as they were the major problems facing the Municipality, she said.