All 27 members of the Ada West District Assembly in the Greater Accra Region have been presented with motorbikes to enhance their work in their respective electoral areas.
The presentation ceremony, though very short, was full of joy and excitement on the assembly’s premises at Sege, the district capital, last Tuesday as each of the assembly members received the motorbike, tested it and rode around with confidence to display their skills.
Addressing the assembly members prior to the presentation, the District Chief Executive for the area, Mr Adzoteye Lawer Akrofi, said the assembly members should be grateful to both the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, for their intervention in the procurement process.
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According to the DCE, there were challenges regarding the importation of the motorbikes and the President had to come to ensure that the bikes were imported to enable the assembly members to perform their duties well. In the same way, the Local Government Minister also played a significant role in the process, hence the need to applaud them.
He said the motorbikes were going to facilitate their duties in their various electoral areas and they should be used for that purpose to ensure that their work became easier.
Mr Akrofi added: “Get to the electorate, know their challenges and get back to us with their needs and challenges so that we can address them.
“From today I know that your complaints of your inability to access the communities in your electoral areas are over and, therefore, the assembly expects you to do what will interest the people you are representing at the assembly’’, the DCE stated.
Law on traffic
The DCE entreated the assembly members to respect traffic regulations as they used the motorbikes in order to be an example for their electoral areas.
“As local lawmakers, you should be the first to show leadership by example, by riding with your helmets on and all other documents that cover your motorbike.
The assembly will not be held liable for anything untoward that might happen in the course of your riding,’’ he added.
The Member of Parliament for the Sege Constituency, Mr Christian Otuteye, lauded the government for the initiative which would enhance the movement of the assembly members.
He said the beauty of it was that it was during the former regime that the idea was mooted and it would have materialised as it had happened in his constituency if his party was in power.
“This is why I always say that whatever idea a previous government moots, even when it is not in power, the one who succeeds should continue and implement the idea: for after all, it is the same people we are serving as government’’, the MP indicated.
Mr Otuteye advised them to use the motorbikes judiciously and assured them that in the near future when his party came to power, it was likely that the assembly members might be driving cars and not motorbikes, adding, “Meanwhile this is what you have and, therefore, protect it until you get the bigger one’’.