BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CONFERENCE of Presiding Members is up in arms against the government over delays in supplying them motorbikes.
The Conference has, thus, resolved, through the National Association of Local Government of Ghana (NALAG) to issue a November 30, 2018 deadline to the government to supply them the motorbikes or be prepared to face their wrath.
Mr Joseph Kwasi Baah Yirenkyi, Presiding Member for West Akim Municipal Assembly, who is also the Public Relations Officer of Presiding Members in the country, told the DAILY HERITAGE that the over-riding responsibility of the assembly member is to stay in touch with the people in the communities.
He said since 2016, when they were assured that the association was working closely with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to procure the motorbikes for them in order to meet regularly with their constituents, the motorbikes had not been procured.
David Adoliba, the Presiding Member of the Bawku Municipal Assembly, said “some of the electoral areas where assembly members operate are scattered and also have deplorable roads.
“We the members of the assemblies have resolved, through NALAG, to acquire motorbikes to enhance performance at the local levels. You will agree with me that the responsibility of the Assembly Member is to stay in touch with the people in the communities.”
Mr Adoliba said “we were promised last September, December and even this year January. All the dates did not work.
“We have followed the procurement procedure ever since the contract was abrogated and re-awarded. The contract was re-awarded in June 2018 and the minimum four months delivery period falls in October 2018. Every necessary step must be taken to ensure that all MMDAs are supplied with the motorbikes.”
The government and NALAG further resolved that calls by NALAG directing all MMDAs to pay an amount of GH¢1,000.00 for uniforms to be provided for Presiding Members should no longer be compulsory.
“According to Act 936 of the Local Government Act, the emolument of the Assembly Member and Presiding Members are based on the resources of the assembly. It is clear that the resources are always limited to the internally-generated funds which have their own challenges.
“We are appealing to the government, through Parliament, to consider amendments in the 1992 Constitution to allow for assembly members and Presiding Members to draw their emolument from the Consolidated Fund,” the Conference noted.