TMA Endorses Ashai Odamtten As MCE




isaacThe Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) on Wednesday voted massively to endorse the President’s nominee, Isaac Ashai Odamtten, as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema.

At the end of one round of balloting, 31 Assembly members, representing 73.81 per  cent, out of the 44 present, endorsed Mr. Odamtten, while 13 others voted against him.

The Greater Accra Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Alexander Poku-Akubia, who supervised the elections declared Mr. Odamtten as duly endorsed by the assembly.

He explained that under the Local Government Act, a candidate was deemed endorsed if he obtained two-thirds majority votes cast by assembly members present at a special session.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Odamtten expressed his appreciation to the President, John Dramani Mahama, for the confidence reposed in him.

He thanked the Assembly members for their endorsement which would provide the opportunity for him to partner them to develop the Tema metropolis.

He outlined an eight-point vision for Tema which, he said, fitted neatly into the “Better Ghana Agenda” of the government and which he hoped to focus on.
Among them, there would be a clean environment, sewerage, sanitation and drainage system, security and safety, markets and parking lots.

The rest are governance and social support, talent and skills development, tourism and cultural exchanges and infrastructure development.

He, therefore, called on the assembly members and all stakeholders to unite and contribute their quota towards generating the needed revenue to realize the vision.

In that regard, he urged the staff and management of TMA as well as departments and agencies to rededicate their efforts at achieving these goals.

The Presiding Member of TMA, Romeo Akahoho, earlier urged the Assembly members to endorse the MCE-nominee to continue the development agenda of the metropolis, adding that the absence of a Chief Executive for the past few months had slowed down the development process.

He called for teamwork to ensure progress in the business of the assembly.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Julius Debrah, explained that the President’s decision to change Chief Executives of Assemblies or agencies to improve the momentum of the governance process.

He, therefore, urged supporters of those affected not to see it as a sign that their idols had failed.
The Member of Parliament of Ningo-Prampram, described Tema as a ‘gold mine’ and advised the TMA to be innovative in order to rake in more revenue for development.

He advised the TMA to refurbish the Tema Community Centre and make it more attractive for business.
Those present included the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Kwasi  Oppong Fosu, Djangmah Vanderpuye, Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minsiter, Paramount Chief of Tema, Nii Adjei Kraku II, Member of Parliament for Tema East, Titus Glover, Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Kofi Brako.   From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema

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