Speaking at the inauguration, the Tano South District Chief Executive, Honourable Bukari Zakari Anaba congratulated all elected and appointed members for offering their support to help manage and develop Tano South District.
He said he was glad to see the enthusiasm and participation in the just ended elections and also the zeal with which nominees of the president accepted the honour given them. This he disclosed is a clear demonstration of their support for the decentralization and the desire to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local government system. Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba commended the Tano South Electoral Commission and all who took part in the conduct of the District assembly Elections for a peaceful and successful election in spite of some challenges. He also thanked the past Assembly members for the fruitful collaboration and support he received from them especially the immediate past presiding member.
The District Chief Executive disclosed that, it is his expectation that the new Assembly would improve on the former assembly members collaboration and participation in all programmes. He hinted that Ghana’s democracy is a model in Africa and as such countries like Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya all came to learn from Ghana. Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba charged the people to make decentralization better to promote grassroots participation in the administration from the point of planning, implementation, monitoring and delivery of services to improve the living conditions of the people. He advised the new Assembly members to learn from the past Assembly members within the shortest period and also said orientation workshop would be organized for them to abreast them with the workings of the Assembly.
In an inaugural address read on behalf of the President of Ghana, Hon. Steve Akuffo of the Office of the President said the duration of the newly elected and appointed Assembly members is a four – year term, and they are to serve the people and country at the local government level in a way and manner that will let people appreciate their participation in the decision making process and governance of the nation. He outlined some of the duties of Assembly members as:
· Maintain close contact with their electoral areas.
· Present the views, opinions, and proposals to the District Assembly.
· Draw attention in general debate to national policies which are relevant to the subject under discussion.Actively participate in the work of sub-committees of the Executive Committee.
Hon. Steve Akuffo hinted that in the discharge of the above functions, Assembly members should have due regard to national interest and the interest of the people in the respective district. This he said presupposes that members should relegate their personal parochial interest to the background. He disclosed that when the Assembly is served by dedicated and committed individual who make a duty to demand accountability of themselves and management of the district, then the credibility of the Assembly will be assured in respect of its decision making and service delivery to the people.
He reteriated that, any member who uses his or her position to gain contracts or undue favours from the Assembly will be committing a serious offence of conflict of interest and would be liable to sanction. Mr. Steve Akuffo advised the Assembly members to come out with new strategies in collaboration with management to generate adequate revenue to complement the efforts of central government. He therefore entreated the Assembly members to put premium on sanitation and waste management activities to rid towns and cities of filth and health problems associated with insanitary conditions. He therefore urged the Assembly members to work in unison as a corporate entity with the common goal of developing the district and
The occasion also saw the election of a presiding member for the Assembly. The election which Hon. Anthony Opoku who was the sole nominee after nomination had closed emerging as the winner after a “Yes” and “No” vote conducted by the electoral commission.