Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije
Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije

The General Assembly of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has been dissolved. This is recognition of Article 246 (1) of the 1992 Constitution the MMDAs stand dissolved by the close of work on 14th March 2015? .

Desmond Addo Biney- AMA, Presiding Member
Desmond Addo Biney- AMA, Presiding Member

Article 246 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution by which the Assembly is dissolved states that, “Elections to the District Assemblies shall be held every four years except that such elections and elections to Parliament shall be held at least six months apart,” ………. Unless he resigns or dies or the earlier ceases to hold office under clause (3) of article 243 of this Constitution, the term of office of the District Chief Executive shall be four years; and a person shall not hold office as a District Chief Executive for more than two consecutive terms.”
The Presiding Member, Desmond Addo Biney, who opened the last meeting of the Assembly indicated that the Assembly received a letter from the Ministry of Local Government directing them to have the General Assembly dissolved per Article Article 246 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.
According to the said letter which was signed by Deputy Minister for Local Government, Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuije stated that, ?Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives(MMDCEs) shall be responsible for the day-to-day performance of the executive and administrative functions of their Assemblies under Article 243(2) (b) and (c) of the Constitution and Section 20 (3) (b) (c) and (d) of the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462).?
The dissolution of the MMDAs it said, has become necessary following the Supreme Court?s order for the scheduled District Assemblies to be called off.
Nii Lantey stated in the letter that, ?the constitution mandates the tenure of the district assemblies. No one can usurp its authority.?
The Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly in his final address to the 5th Session of the Assembly, averred that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) during the tenure of the 5th Session of the Assembly has chalked tremendous successes and have achieved a lot in terms of development and that their roles as assembly members will go down in history.
“You must all hold your heads very high and be proud of yourselves,” he said.
He also make reference to the Shift system which resulted in some children not attending regular school and giving excuses on the various sessions of the shift system. According to him, the Assembly had ended the shift system on a credible note of being recognized by the President in his State of the Nation Address.
In view of ending the shift system, the AMA, according to the Mayor has made provision for the construction of modern state of the art facility of the 110 Millennium schools scattered within the Accra Metropolis.
“About 98 of these Millennium schools are currently undergoing construction,” he stated.
On sanitation, he noted that the Legon Sewage treatment plant has been completed, the Mudor sewage plant, the Dansoman sewage system and the relocation of Lavenda Hill sewage project is underway.
Dr. Okoe Vanderpuije also averred that, the Assembly has provided ambulance to Mamprobi Polyclinic, construct a cholera centre for the Korle-Bu Polyclinic and Adabraka polyclinic and as well, provided medical supplies to several polyclinics throughout the metropolis.
On revenue mobilization, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije who was full of excitement for the progress made in that area, indicated that, the assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF) has been increasing since 2010 but much better increases was experienced from 2011.
He revealed that the assembly’s revenue increased from GH?13, 267, 000 in 2011 to GH? 323, 145,000 as at the end of 2014.
“We have also worked on the passage of the PPP programme to construct 13 infrastructure projects within the metropolis, which are the
reconstruction of community a center, Rawlings park, Makola market, Malata Market, Kantamanto market, London market and the Tuesday market. These projects will take off by June and July this year,” he said.
He also mentioned that the Assembly has begun constructing New office of the AMA at Kinbu and several road construction and street lights.
The Mayor encouraged the outgoing assembly members to go out there and campaign for the good job they have done so as to retain their seats.
He also thanked the chiefs and people of Accra for their cooperating spirit of supporting the assembly throughout its activities.
Finally, the Presiding Member called the assembly to a close and dissolved the 5th session of the assembly.

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