By Cecil Mensah
The Regional Minister for Greater Accra Region, Joseph Afotey Agbo, has singled out for commendation the Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer(MCE) of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly; Isaac Ashai Odamtten for his quest to ensure the building of capacity of the members of the Assembly.
According to the Minister, Mr. Odamtten, has the zeal to build the capacity of the members of the Assembly, hence the need for periodic training of members of the Assembly to boost the operations of the Assembly.
“I witnessed it when members of staff were taken to Akosombo; Sogakope in the Eastern and Volta regions to stretch their legs and have the capacity built upon to boost the operations of the Assembly”.
He said, the training and re-training of staff was very important for effective service delivery in the various Assemblies.
He added that the effectiveness of some workers, leaves much to be desired in the office, as well as the success of the Assembly.
The Minister made this comment, when he addressed a-two day Regional coordinating council meeting of Chief Directors, Regional council of chiefs, Presiding Membersand District directors at a meeting upon the invitation of the regional minister in Accra.
He added that the meeting was more or less a peer review mechanism that would help the council assess the performance of the managers of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembly (MMDAs) in the region.
He promised to visit all the districts to interact with them to create the opportunity for the citizenry to hold the managers accountable for their stewardship for the periods their have administered the districts in the region.
He observed that; the period under review per the fourth quarter of the monitoring reports, the region recorded a total of 858 projects financed the District Assembly Common Fund and Internally Generated Funds (IGF) of the various Assemblies.
According to him, these projects and interventions were implemented in the region by the MMDAs, regional sector departments and at the national level institutions in education, health and water sanitation.
He maintained that interventions in road and transport sector were undertaken by Urban Roads Department, Feeder Roads and the Ghana Highways Authority at the cost of 21.72 Ghana Cedis.
He said, besides this; one hundred projects were funded by the Government of Ghana and nine out of these projects had been completed while fifty is still ongoing.
Feeder roads in the year under review had forty –seven projects out of which thirteen were completed and the remaining 34 are at various stages of implementation’’ he explained to members of the council.
He said the goal of the region is to work as team to achieve the ‘better Ghana Agenda’ of President John Dramani Mahama in his second term of office.
He said, as key actors in ensuring these agenda; elected or appointed members of the Assembly have it as their duty to ensure good governance as well as accelerated development of their respective districts in the region.