Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah, the Minister of Youth and Sports on Thursday inaugurated the Sunyani East Municipal Assembly (SEMA), and tasked the 49-member Assembly Members (AMs) to be time-conscious and development-oriented.

He reminded them that the Assembly remained the pivot of development, thus more was expected of them to take the development of the Municipality to the next level.

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The SMA comprised 34 elected members and 15 government appointees.

Mr Asiamah who read President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s inaugural address, congratulated them and hoped that they would help in revenue mobilisation to improve on the Assembly’s Internally Generated Fund (IGF).

He told the members that an increase in their allowances would depend on the IGF of the Assembly and tasked them to support Management to devise initiatives that would enhance revenue generation.

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive emphasised the inauguration of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies was a major step in efforts towards consolidating the gains of Ghana’s grassroot democracy.

She urged them to bury all differences, forge ahead in unity and help to identify and tackle existing challenges impeding the development of the Municipality.

This would also enable the Assembly to initiate policies and programmes that would spur rapid socio-economic growth and development, the MCE added.

Mad. Owusu-Banahene identified poor sanitation and springing up of unregulated market structures as major challenges that required concerted efforts and decisive approach to address.

She said the Assembly also required selfless and dedicated representatives who would not seek their personal interest against public good to guarantee its credibility.

Mad. Owusu-Banahene assured the Assembly would enforce its by-laws to the optimum in promoting environmental cleanliness.

Mr. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani East reminded them the Assembly was the highest decision-making body for the development of the Municipality.

He therefore entreated them to promote team spirit and work hard to justify their elections and appointments by ensuring that the development needs of their constituents were tackled.

Justice Patrick Biney, a Supervising High Court Judge in Sunyani swore them into office.

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