Tema Chiefs Support President’s Nominee

TemaThe Tema Traditional Council (TTC) has commended President John Mahama for nominating Mr. Isaac Odamtten for consideration as the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive.

It has consequently declared its support for the nominee, and recommended his confirmation by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, describing him as someone who can spearhead the development of the area.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, Nii Armah Somponu II, Shippi of Tema and spokesperson for the TTC expressed their delight that Mr. Odamtten, an indigene, had been picked by the President to spearhead Tema’s development for the next couple of years.

He said Tema had become a multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan city in fulfillment of the government’s dream to transform it into an industrial city and the traditional rulers and people of Tema were proud of the status of the city.

He assured that the chiefs would continue to support the government towards the economic growth of Tema and the nation in general, saying their commitment exemplified when they released a large track of land for government to realise its industrialisation agenda for the benefit of all Ghanaians.

Nii Somponu II, however, expressed worry about protests from a section of people towards the President’s nomination for MCE.

He said in spite of their sacrifices, the indigenous people of Tema had never protested against the nomination of anyone for the office of Chief Executive irrespective of the nominee’s ethnic background.

“Despite the circumstances, the Traditional Council and the indigenes have received each and every nomination wholeheartedly and cooperated accordingly,” he said.

Nii Somponu II, therefore appealed to all the Assembly members of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly to unanimously endorse the President’s nominee when the time comes.

That, he said, was the only way to resolve to eschew ethnic divisions, achieve unity for the realisation of sustainable development.

Mr. Odamtten holds a Masters degree in Business Administration with Accounting option from the University of Ghana Business School. He has over 20 years of experience in management, 10 years of which he spent in the public service while the remaining was at the International Commercial Bank as Senior Manager, Corporate Service.  –  Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.

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