A grand durbar to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the creation of the Ga South Municipal Assembly (GSMA) in the Greater Accra Region, has been held at Weija.
It had the theme: ‘Ga South, the Present, the Past and the Future Outlook’.
The durbar was used to rebrand and showcase all the developmental projects that had taken place in the municipality since its creation in November 2007.
Mr. Isaac Nii Djanmah Vanderpuye, the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, in a speech, commended the assembly and called on all stakeholders to work together to accelerate the development in the municipality.
He urged workers of the assembly to uphold the core values of the Local Government Service which include accountability, client oriented, creativity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, anonymity, transparency and revenue improvement.
He charged the assembly to ensure judicious use of all available resources and device pragmatic strategies to block any leakages in its revenue generation.
Mr. Vanderpuye noted that the municipality was confronted with numerous chieftaincy and land dispute and said the “culture of impunity” with which land guards attack and maltreat innocent people as well as land owners was appalling, repugnant and unacceptable.
He, therefore, directed the security agencies to deal ruthlessly with such land guards and put them before court.
Mr. Jerry Akwei Thompson, MCE for GSMA stated that the grand durbar climaxes the activities for the eighth anniversary celebration.
According to him, the reason for the celebration this year was due to the peculiar location of the assembly.
“Quite often we have to battle with people trying to tell us about our identity. People refer to us as AMA or Kasoa Assembly. Due to this assertion, we lose a lot of revenue to other sister assemblies such as AMA or Ewutu Senya. We have no option than to rebrand the assembly for people to deal with us as Ga South Municipal Assembly and not any other municipality”, he added.
Mr. Thompson said the celebration was one of the attempts to rebrand the assembly and it would help increase their revenue.
He disclosed that the rebranding started with the creation of a website, the printing of a magazine, calendar and an assembly cloth.
Mr. Thompson said over the past eight years, the assembly had invested hugely in numerous developmental projects including roads, educational infrastructure, sanitation and health, markets, water, security and office complex.
As part of the celebration, deserving staff of the assembly were awarded with certificates and the MCE was also installed as a developmental chief by the traditional leaders in the municipality.
An anniversary cake was also cut to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the assembly.
The Ga South Municipal Assembly was calved out from the Ga West Municipal assembly under legislative instrument 2134 with its capital at Weija.
The municipality shares boundaries with AMA, Ga Central, Ga West, West Akim, Awutu Senya-East, Gomoa and the Gulf of Guinea.
It has a population of 485,643 and has 26 elected assembly members and 10 government appointees with three members of parliament.
Since its establishment, the municipality had flourished as a center for excellence and education and with the construction of the West Hills Mall and other big commercial houses, the assembly had expanded and is expected to expand even further.
By Joseph Edu Archison