The Minister for Planning, Hon. Prof. George Baffour inaugurated the Bekwai Municipal Assembly on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo at Bekwai-Ashanti on Thursday 23rd January, 2020.

All the forty-nine (49) members of the Assembly comprising thirty-four (34) elected members and fifteen (15) government appointees all attended the inaugural ceremony which was also witnessed by a huge crowd of members of the general public.

Reading a speech on behalf of the President, Prof. Gyan Baffour called for unity, transparency and accountability from the Assembly members to enable them deliver on the mandate given to them by their people.

He advised the Assembly to give opportunities for citizens to participate in their administration using the social accountability tools which included town hall meetings and general community engagement.

Hon. Gyan Baffour tasked the Assembly Members to ensure strict compliance with building rules and regulations and the development of lands according to approved plans to avoid disasters such as flooding. He encouraged them to use their position as members of the Assembly to educate the general public on environmental health and sanitation management, but was quick to add that, the Assembly should use their bye-laws to enforce the law on sanitation to improve the conditions of their communities.

The Minister said through the Street Naming and Property Addressing System, the Assembly can improve upon its IGF, especially property rate to improve the standard of living of its people.

Hon. Gyan Baffour ended by charging members to advance the aims of government and its policies such as One District, One Factory, Planting for Food and Jobs among others.

In his welcome address, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Kwaku Kyei Baffour emphasized on the need for members to be united and encouraged them to strive hard to be able to do something memorable for their communities. He urged the Assembly not to disappoint the people who voted for them as there are high expectations from their various communities.

The Municipal Chief Executive reminded members that the work of an Assembly member is a sacrificial one thus asked for their dedication to serve the interest of their communities. He asked for God’s protection for all and tasked them to unite to build Bekwai Municipality.

The Assembly Members took the oaths of office, secrecy and allegiance administered by His Worship Kwabena Ansah, Presiding Magistrate of the Bekwai Court.

The function was chaired by Nana Adusei Appiah who represented Kokofumanhene.

In a related developmental Hon. Frank Antwi, Assembly Member for Boagyaa-Besease was sworn in as the new presiding member for the Bekwai Municipal Assembly. Hon. Antwi had an easy task to be elected by the Assembly Members after their inauguration earlier on Thursday as he went unopposed.

All the fifty (50) Assembly Members who cast the ballot, voted for him.

In his acceptance speech, he thanked members for the confidence reposed in him. He pledged to work with all to bring development to the municipality.


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