The Tano South District Assemby like all other Assemblies in the country has inaugurated its new Assembly members at a colourful ceremony held at Bechem the District capital.
Dignitaries and a cross section of the general public
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba in a welcome address at the inaugural ceremony used the occasion to welcome all present and thanked them for honouring the invitation and said their presence at the function underscores the importance they attach to the inaugural ceremony since the inauguration of the new Assembly Members would bring governance to the doorstep of the people.
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba addressing the gathering
Hon. Anaba said the Assembly was set by LI 1765 of the Local Government Act 1993 with the vision of ‘Reducing the level of economic, social and political deprivation through effective utilization of the limited resources to harness the existing potentials and opportunities to improve the living standards of its people’’ and this vision cannot be realised without the collaboration and collective effort of all stakeholders.
Hon. Anaba said since its establishment various plans and strategies have been rolled out by successive duty bearers to ensure the realization of this vision and said it is his sincere hope that the Assembly which is to be inaugurated today will work in the interest of achieving the vision and paid tribute to the critical role the previous Assembly played in bringing Local Government Administration to the people.
He said as a result of their hard work the electorates have found it necessary to return some of them back to the Assembly to continue to represent them and used the occasion to welcome the new members to the team and hoped they would use their expertise to bear on the performance of the Assembly.
Hon. Anaba acknowledged the immense support the Assembly received from the Central Government, the Regional Co-ordinating council, Traditional Authorities and many others and hinted that the cordial relationship between them would continue to grow in the interest of the Assembly.
Hon. Anaba assured the Assembly Members that management of the Assembly would continue to work with them to ensure standards are maintained by ensuring that Tano South first placement on the District League-Table is maintained.
The Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation who stood in for H. E the President in the Presidential Inaugural address said since Ghana introduced the Decentralized System of governance, governments over the years have been able to put in maximum efforts to strengthen the process of decentralization by providing financial support such as the District Assembly Common Fund, District Development Facility and the Local Capacity Development Project.
The Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Bernice Adiku Heloo addressing the gathering
She said, government would continue to provide Institutional support through the establishment of sub-district level political structures such as Urban, Towns and Area Council and Unit Committees and said these structures would provide the required support to the District Assemblies especially in the implementation of decision making, projects and programmes.
She said, the role of the Assemblyman is a crucial one since it entails a lot such as educating the public on government policies and programmes and also consulting the people on issues discussed at the Assembly and also tabling the concerns of the people at Assembly meetings.
She said, the District Assembly System has helped to enhance our Democracy and called on Assembly Members to co-operate in the discharge of their duties since their work entails sacrifices but not personal interests.
She said, laws exist to deal with issues like bush fires and others and called on the Assembly to make adequate by-laws to check all illegal activities carried out by the people in the district.
She hinted that discussions are on-going with the higher courts to promulgate laws that would make the national sanitation day clean-up exercises mandatory so that offenders who fail to participate in it could be prosecuted
She on behalf of H. E. the President inaugurated the fifty-seven (57) Member Assembly for the Tano South District.
The Regional Electoral Officer, Mr. Gyabaah who conducted the election on the position of Presiding Member for the Assembly took the Assembly Members through the electoral laws before the election was carried out and at the end the formal Presiding Member, Hon. Anthony Opoku who stood un-opposed polled fifty-five votes of the fifty-seven votes cast to retain his position.
Mr. Gyabaah educating Honourable Members on the electoral process
The District Magistrate of the Bechem District Magistrate Court, Her Worship Yakubu Hajia Memunatu Jebuni swore the Assembly members into office.
Her Worship Yakubu Hajia Memunatu Jebuni swearing - in the Assembly members into office
The various sub-committees of the Assembly were established and the convener for each committee also chosen.