Assembly members urged not to protect criminals

Mr. Baidoo

Mr. Baidoo

The Circuit Court Judge for Ashaiman, Justice Gabriel Mate-Teye has admonished assembly members not to protect wrong doers in their communities.

He said some assembly members have cultivated the habit of pleading for their constituents who break the law for fear that they would become unpopular in their constituencies.

He noted that the public should be made aware that, “when people are wrong, they are wrong” and should, therefore, not be protected.

Justice Mate-Teye gave the admonition on Tuesday at the inauguration of 27 assembly members for the Ashaiman municipality.

He cautioned such assembly members not to come to his office with their plea because it would not serve the public good, but rather brings the name of the judiciary into disrepute.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo in an inaugural speech delivered on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama congratulated the assembly members, saying that, their electoral victory was an indication that the electorates have confidence in them.

He tasked assembly members to work hard, be in constant touch with the people they represent and also explain government’s policies to them to enhance good governance.

The Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive, Ibrahim Baidoo said their election and appointment as assembly members urged them to live up to the expectation, adding that their constituents look up to them to improve their standard of living.

He advised them to bring their expertise on board to bear on the legislative processes of the assembly.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Ashaiman      

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