Town Hall Meetings would consolidate our democracy – TMA

Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA

Tema Aug. 2, GNA – Mr. Felix Mensah Nii
Annan-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has observed the need to
consolidate Ghana’s democracy through the Town Hall Meetings concept.

“Town Hall meetings constitute an important
means of consolidating our democracy. It affords policy makers and members of
the general public an opportunity for a productive face-to-face interaction,”
he informed

He made this observation on Tuesday during the
national launch of Town Hall Meetings at the forecourt of the TMA by the
Minister of Information, Mr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid.

He said it helped government to feel the pulse
of the public in order to better assess the impact of government policies and
programmes adding that “the President had assured Ghanaians that he would run
an open and accountable government and that is what he has started.”

As part of his ‘Tema restoration agenda’, the
MCE said TMA was coming up with a programme to repair all broken street lights
and build more to light up the whole metropolis.

He identified other areas to be covered by the
agenda including sanitation, the protection of key water resources in the
Metropolis and the sealing and re-surfacing of streets.

He said he had put together a programme to
tackle unemployment in Tema taking advantage of the numerous industries in the
Metropolis because “in Tema, I shouldn’t have problem with jobs because all the
industries are here.”

Mr. Annan-La added that “I am signing a
memorandum of understanding with all industries in Tema to make sure the youth
in Tema are given a quota of the jobs from these industries. I am also
negotiating for placements in the industries for students to do their

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency
(GNA), he said there were lapses in the collection of revenue within the
assembly “and I am taking measures to address them. Very soon I will abrogate
all revenue contracts and would ask everybody to reapply in order to streamline
the way revenue is collected.”

He explained that a lot of people were contracted
with just an offer letter without proper contractual agreements adding “even
those with contracts didn’t go through the procurement processes, and once
you’ve violated the process, your contract would be abrogated.”


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