The President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Bismark NkumBaisie, has admonished members of the association to be innovative to transform the assemblies.
He explained that initiating innovative ideas would accelerate growth and development of communities and improve livelihoods.
“We need to be innovative so as to help our assemblies progress, grow and development our communities to improve livelihoods and create jobs and wealth,” Mr Baisie reiterated.
He made the admonition at the overwhelming endorsement of Michael Opoku, the Presiding Member for Sekyere South District Assembly, by all the 215 qualified voters in an election supervised by the Ashanti Regional Office of the Electoral Commission, at the regional delegates’ conference of the Association held at Akomadan in the Offinso North District.
He is also the Assembly Member for Bepoase Newtown Electoral Area, near Agona, will, thus, lead all NALAG activities in the region and represent all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), as well as all the Presiding and Assembly members in the Ashanti at the national level.
Mr Baisie asked stakeholders in the local governance concept to sustain the peace, unity, cohesion and harmony prevailing currently to deepen, strengthen local governance to grow and develop the assemblies to improve livelihoodsand commended the delegates for the peaceful conduct of the conference and entreated them not to hesitate in suggestions to promote the association.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Opokuexpressed appreciation to the members for the confidence reposed in him, promised to work with all assembly members and other stakeholders to help project and uplift the image of NALAG.
He pledged to continue with the work of his predecessors and find means of liaising with the government to cushion the assembly members, going forward saying “I am committed, dedicated and determined to act as your mouthpiece to ensure that the welfare of members is achieved as you have been yearning and campaigning for over the years”. -GNA