Hon. Boye Laryea, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly welcomed all elected Assembly Members and the Presiding Member to the office of Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA) at Tesano on the 5th of February 2020.
At the event, dignitaries present were, Municipal Coordinating Director Mr. Samuel Amoah, Municipal Electoral Director Mrs. Eunice Quaye, and the Magistrate of the District Court, her Lordship Adwoa Akyaamaa.
The occasion was to introduce both the newly elected Assembly Members and the new government appointees designated to work with the Assembly Members in the municipality.
At the meeting, members agreed on three languages that should be used in their line of duties. They settled on English, Twi and Ga language.
The Assembly Members were also given a brief lesson on how they should address members of the house. They were assured by the MCE that the government and the assembly will organize workshops to educate them on the rules governing the municipal office.
Hon. Boye explained to the Assembly Members that the tasks of an Assembly Member are not an easy one. They do not receive salary. They only take meager allowances, however, he urged them not to change their ways of serving the people who elected them into office.
The MCE advised that since they have decided to become Assembly Members in their various electoral areas, they should deal with issues that will not jeopardize their work. They should conduct themselves well in order for the people that voted them into office know they are not there for their personal interest, rather, to see to the development of their electoral areas. Their mind should not be focused on making money but to serve the people so that after the four years, the people will have confidence and vote them back into office.
At the headquarters of Okaikwei North, the Assembly Members elected the Presiding Member of their choice.
The Electoral Commission of Okaikwei North conducted the elections to declare the Presiding Member for Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly.
After the election exercise, 18 votes went in favour of Hon. Nii Odai Abdullah. He went unopposed. This is the second time Hon. Nii Odai has been elected to lead the Assembly Members in the Okaikwei North Constituency. He was sworn in by the District Magistrate her Lordship Adwoa Akyaamaa.
Speaking after his election, the Presiding Member for Okaikwei North Municipal Hon. Nii Odai Abdullah explained that this is the second time he has been elected into office and he is very grateful to the Assembly Members.
According to him, orientation for Assembly Members are usually late, therefore, he advised that it should be done early enough for them to become familiar with their roles in the municipality. Adding to that, when orientation delays it makes their work very difficult, but this time he hopes that the orientation will be done early.
Further more, he said that the work is challenging, therefore, members should not take the law into their own hands. If they face any difficulties, they should come to the office for assistance. But if they refuse to do so and they use their own discretion in their line of duty, they do that at their own peril. This will bring them troubles.
He said “no matter who you are, the law is bigger than you”. The law is above every Ghanaian, therefore, when they refuse to act well it might lead them into troubles. Adding that, they should go by the rules of the Assembly. This was a piece of advice the Presiding Member gave to the newly elected and appointed Assembly Members.
Source: GHANA/ onmaonline.com