Assemblymen are crucial to grassroots’ governance and development

Tema, Assembly members are crucial to the developmental agenda of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies and grassroots’ democracy, says the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).

Mr Frank Asante was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a programme to train assembly members of the TMA to build capacity for their work.

The three-day-programme which started on Wednesday had resource persons from the Institute of Local Government and spearheaded by Professor Osae, a local government expert.

The assembly members are important to us; they are key to the developmental projects we do here at the assembly, he said.

Mr Asante said the training was important as educating them on the new local government Act would help them function more efficiently adding that previously we were using local government Act 462, 1993, but we are now using local governance Act 936, 2016 which has a lot of difference from the other one, therefore we have to bring them to speed on the new law.

He said the training was necessary because new assembly members and government appointees had joined the assembly and there was the need to orientate them to perform work.

He added that the training was to help them make good laws so that they could bring out good ideas for developmental projects and also to help them interact with their community and be able them to articulate their problems so the assembly could add them to their plans.

He praised the TMA assembly members for their hard work which won them the overall best assembly in 2015 and the second best in 2016 in the league of assemblies in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency