Seventeen members of various assemblies have been appointed to represent the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on the National Executive Council of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).
The new appointments are to make up for the void created at the NEC following the revocation of the appointments of the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), and Assembly Members (AMs) by the new government.
The revocation subsequently affected their membership on the council hence the need for new members to serve the unexpired term of their predecessors pending a national congress in 2018.
Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, MCE for Tema was appointed President of the Association, with Hon. William Aduum, MCE, Kassena Nankana as 1st Vice President. Hon. Evelyn Dansoa Boateng, Assembly Member for New Juabeng Municipal was appointed the 2nd Vice President and Hon. Asenih, Evelyn Teiko, Assembly Member for Yilo Krobo Municipal as Women’s Caucus Representative.
Others are Hon. Gladys Mann-Dedey, MCE, LaDMA; Treasurer, Hon. Daniel Alexander Nii Noi Adumuah, MCE, Adentan Municipal; Greater Accra Regional Representative and Hon. Ayinbisa Ayamga Peter, DCE, Bongo District as Upper East Regional Representative
The rest are Elijah Adansi-Bonah, MCE, Obuasi Municipal representing the Ashanti Region, Hon. Martin Obeng Adjei, and Assembly Member for Berekum Municipal representing Brong Ahafo Regional.
Speaking at the two-day event in the NALAG House, Okponglo, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, Dean of Students at the Institute of Local Government Studies, challenged the newly constituted executives to do all within their mandate to reposition NALAG in championing development through the local governance system.
In his remarks, the newly sworn in President said “a huge responsibility has been placed on our shoulders to move the Association from its current state to a better position.”
As part of his vision, he posited that training and capacity building for both members and staff will be an important element in developing skills and improving better working conditions within the Assemblies and the Secretariat.
The newly constituted executives are expected to appoint a new General Secretary who will steer the affairs of the Secretariat.