The Local Government Service in collaboration with the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council, has organised a day’s orientation workshop for 253 assembly members from Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the region.
The participants were from the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, Ledzokuku Krowor and the Ada East district assemblies.
The rest are the Ningo Prampram, Shai Osudoku , Kpone Katamanso and Ada West district assemblies.
The workshop was aimed at sensitising the newly elected and appointed assembly members to the laws, rules, functions, structures and institutional arrangements, which were critical to their work.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, who participated in the event, said the election and appointment of the assembly members affirmed the confidence and trust the people had in them.
He charged the assembly members to live up to their responsibilities and cooperate with the people to bring development to their communities.
Nii Afotey Agbo said ” the assembly members are to work hard to serve the people in their various electoral areas and communities, to improve the living conditions of the people. You should also make the people part of the decision-making process and governance at the local level”.
He reminded the assembly members that they were not elected on the ticket of any political party, and should not consider themselves as representatives of any such group.
Nii Afotey Agbo cautioned them against sabotaging initiatives and policies of their assemblies for their selfish interest, saying any such move could be a disservice to their representatives and the nation at large.
A Senior Assistant Registrar for the Institute of Local Government Studies, Mrs. Sethina Annag Danquah, who was a resource person at the workshop, said the workshop would help the new assembly members to better understand the functioning of the assembly, to enable them to deliver on their mandate.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema.