Okaikwei North gets new MCE, but Ayawaso West fails to approve nominee

Members of the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly on Thursday endorsed the Presidents nominee, Nii Boye Laryea, as the Municipal Chief Executive of the area.

He polled fourteen out of fourteen votes to get a 100 per cent record.

The announcement drew wild cheers from the gathering which includes party faithful, chiefs, religious leaders and the Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey.

Mr Ashitey had earlier appealed to the assembly members to approve the nominee to assure the President that the area was ready to support his planned programmes and policies.

Mr Laryea in his maiden address expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence reposed in him and the assembly members for endorsing him to champion the government’s developmental agenda.

He promised not to let the area down and stressed that he would operate an open door policy and serve with dedication and humility.

Nii Laryea said, as the first MCE, he would work with the MP’s to strengthen the finances of the assembly which calls for a lot of sacrifice beyond the call to duty.

‘All hands must be on deck as we start doing new things in order to take the assembly to the door steps of the people’, he said.

He indicated that the assembly would soon create a comprehensive data base of properties in the municipality for effective revenue mobilisation; create a website and mobile application unit to have regular interactions with the residents on issues bothering them.

‘We shall set the standards that would place the assembly at the top of the regional and national ladder’.

In a related development, scores of New Patriotic Party (NPP) faithful in the Ayawaso West Municipality were last Thursday left disappointed when the Assembly members failed to approve the Presidents nominee, Mrs Sandra Owusu Ahenkorah, as the Municipal Chief Executive.

She polled one yes vote, four against and one rejected vote representing 16.74 per cent.

The process was witnessed by the party executives and supporters, the Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Emmanuel Agyarko, the Greater Accra Minister, as well as well wishers and family members.

Mr Ashitey was left disappointed after the Coordinating Director, Alhaji Haruna Abdul Salam had assured him and his entourage that he had good working relation with the assembly members and trusted that they would do the President and themselves the favour and honour to kick start the development of the area.

He said though each one of them was qualified to hold such a position, the President thought otherwise and charged them not to disappoint the President.

But the six assembly members had other plans. During the voting process, only one voted for the nominee, whiles four voted against with one who was conspicuously missing during the voting suddenly appearing after the process had ended claiming that he had a flat tyre.

But the Greater Accra Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Mr Kwame Amoah will have none of that and declared the results.

Though the nominee has a second chance the party supporters have threatened to teach the assembly members a lesson if they fail to approve the nominee during the next voting which is expected within ten days.

By: Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu and Sonia Amade

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