Former members of Agona West Assembly demand balance of ex-gratia

Ms Justina Assan

Ms Justina Assan

Eleven former members of the Agona West Municipal Assembly have appealed to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to intervene for the payment of their balance of ex-gratia award.

The assembly at its general meeting in 2015 approved the payment of GH¢1,500.00 to each of 43 former assembly members, but initial payment of GH¢1,000.00 each was made to them leaving a balance of GH¢500.00 each, which the management of the assembly promised to pay later.

Mr Ankomah Sey, a former assembly member and the spokesperson, made the appeal when he addressed a news conference organised by the aggrieved former members at Agona Swedru in the Central Region.

He said it came as a surprise to them that 32 out of the 43 former members had been paid their balance of the GH¢500.00 secretly by the management of the assembly leaving out 11 of them, describing the action as outrageous to be denied their legitimate ex-gratia award.

Mr Sey said when the information got to them, they went to the Municipal Coordinating Director, Ishmael Nana Ogyefo and demanded their part of the balance of the GH¢500.00 each, but to no avail.

He said they were baffled when the Municipal Coordinating Director told them that the budget which was approved had been exhausted and that efforts would be made to pay their arrears.

Mr Sey said their four-year term of office came to an end in 2015 and new members were elected and up-to-date no effort had been made by the management for the payment of the arrears of the ex-gratia and that they perceived it was a deliberate attempt to cheat them.

He noted that it would be a great joy for them if the sector minister intervened to see to it that their balance of the GH¢500.00 was paid to motivate others to devote their time and energy to serve in the work of the assembly.

When Mr Ogyefo was contacted on telephone he did not comment on the matter. -GNA

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