The Chief Executive for the Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly, Hajia Mariam Iddrisu has admonished the newly inaugurated assembly members for the area to be ambassadors of development for the people they represent.
She believes the best way they (Assembly members) can do it is actively participating in discussions on the floor of general assembly meetings, and as well, at sub-committee levels of the executive committee.
Therefore, the MCE added that: “Before every general assembly meeting, every assembly member should endeavor to meet the people they represent to collate inputs and concerns from them for delivery during assembly sessions.”
Speaking at the inauguration of the third general assembly of the Sagnarigu municipality yesterday, Thursday, January 23, 2020, Hajia Mariam underscored the importance of the Annual Action Plan Budget and Medium Term Development Plan, urging assembly members to work assiduously at the subcommittee level to draw these development working documents.
She noted the municipality is fast growing with infrastructure development; however, she stated there must be collaborative and concerted efforts of all stakeholders to mitigate the numerous development challenges the people are suffering.
The Sagnarigu Municipal Chief Executive welcomed the newly elected assembly members and express hope that development will strive through their immense contribution and leadership.
“As I welcome you, it is also important to remind you that your position as assembly members are is apolitical. That is to say that, you have not been elected into office to play the usual politics but to help bring the needed development to our people.”
“It is important to leave behind partisan politics and champion the development of your people; our people, and Ghana as a whole without any political influence” Hajia Mariam further admonished the newly sworn in officers. She challenge the assemble members must assiduously to dispel public perception that, the business of the assembly is based on political lines.
Meanwhile, in a speech delivered on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, the deputy Minister of Energy, Dr Amin Adam said the role of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are critical to the growth of the country, urging the MMDAs to advance the implementation of government programmes and policies in the coordinated programme of Economic and Social Development Polices 2017-2024.
He mentioned free SHS, One District, One Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs, and Planting for Exports and Rural Development among others that the government has launched, and is pursuing to meet the aspirations of the rural people.
Dr Adam disclosed through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, measures are instituted by the Akufo Addo administration to enhance internally Generated Funds (IGF), particularly in the area of property rates. He emphasized: “To this end, I invite you to take advantage of automation and other innovative systems developed by the ministry to improve your IGF. This can be achieved if street naming and property addressing is pursued vigorously and working hand-in-hand with the National Digital Property Addressing System and the Ghana Post GPS.”
The Karaga MP hopeful on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party observed one major bottleneck affecting growth at the local level is the unplanned and haphazard development currently going on in most assemblies.
He indicated slums are being developed in unapproved areas, houses built on waterways, adding this phenomenon has dire implications and injurious to public safety.
He charged the assembly members to collaborate with the assemblies to ensure compliance with the building rules and regulations. He noted zoning and development of lands must be adhered to and further advised the MMDAs to streamline and reduced the period for granting building permits to potential developers, indicating this critical to manage development control and reduce cost doing business.
Meanwhile, the assembly was unable to elect its Presiding Member after two successful elections organized by the electoral commission. None of the three candidates could secure the 2/3 of the total votes cast.