The Sowutuom Mantse and the people of the Sowutuom traditional area in Accra have pledged their unflinching support to the Ga Central Municipal Assembly in its quest to ensure accelerated development and to improve the living conditions of the people.
The move, which is geared towards growth and development of the municipality, is to strengthen the collaboration between the Assembly and traditional authorities for their mutual benefit.
The chief and the people pledged their commitment when the Development Chief (Nkosuohene), Nii Ahene Nonoo I, on behalf of the Sowutuom Mantse, led a delegation from the traditional authority to pay courtesy call on the newly-confirmed Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Dr. Emmanuel Lamptey, in Accra last Friday.
Nii Ahene Nonoo I, who is known in private life as Alexander Kweku Agyemang-Dua, on behalf of the Sowutuom chief, thanked the MCE for recognising the importance of traditional leaders in the assembly.
He said the Sowutuom Mantse has mapped out development plans for the traditional area, pointing out that ignoring the traditional leaders in policy and decision-making could hinder the progress and development of the people.
According to the Nkosuohene, Nii Osabu Akwei I, their doors are open for any form of deliberation in the interest of the people, stressing that, as custodians of the land, they need not be sidelined in developmental decisions.
He also advised the MCE to work in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Municipal Assembly to ensure transparency and fairness, as well consult and involve traditional leaders in issues relating to revenue mobilisation for the development and growth of the Ga Central Municipality.
He earlier called on the Sowutuom District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Kwame Gyasi Afari, and assured him of the support from traditional authorities to stem crime and maintain law and order.
The Nkosuohene also urged the police to involve the Mantse palace in any activities, especially its outreach and sensitisation programmes to stakeholders, including drivers unions, market women, landlords associations, and other interested groups, in the police jurisdiction.
He thanked the MCE and the Police Commander, on behalf of Nii Osabu Akwei I, for their earlier visit to the palace to announce their presence and seek support from the palace.
The Nkosuohene was accompanied by some elders from the Mantse’s palace, including Nii Osempe, Chief of Antiaku; Nii Mankralo of Sowutuom and Nii Santse, Chief of Otunka, all within the Sowutuom traditional area.
Dr. Lamptey, on his part, thanked the traditional leaders for their intention to be loyal to the assembly, as well as the opportunity given to him to interact and discuss the development and welfare of the assembly.
According to him, for the assembly to develop, there is the need to involve traditional and opinion leaders since “the traditional and opinion leaders are always in touch with their people and, therefore, are abreast of the problems undermining the development and welfare of the area.”
Hon. Lamptey indicated that the assembly is assiduously strategizing policies and plans to fulfill President Nana Akufo-Addo’s promise of a clean environment of Ghana and would ensure the drains and other major roads are constructed and tarred.
Stressing that the assembly will not sideline any traditional leaders within the Ga Central Municipality, he added that “Everybody is a stakeholder in the development and growth of the assembly.”
He also assured the Sowutuom Mantse of his readiness to be a listening leader to their advice and directives any time they call upon him and when the need arises, but called on the chief and his elders to support the assembly in its revenue mobilisation as the assembly cannot develop without funds.
He said the assembly derives its funds through the payment of property rates and building permits and only when the residents honour their civic responsibility by paying their property rates timely.
The MCE said an active involvement of the assembly’s activities was required from the chiefs since the two institutions share a common vision of improving the living standards of the people, noting that the chiefs’ role in development was crucial because they are the custodians of lands, a very important resource.
DSP Gyasi Afari, the Sowutuom police district commander, commended the chief of Sowutuom and also thanked him for his readiness to collaborate with the police and the other security agencies to fight crime in the area.
He said, even though the police have not recorded any major crime in the area within the first quarter of the year, they are aware of the expectations of the public and it behoved the service to provide the appropriate response anytime sections of the public express a sense of insecurity.
According to him, fighting crime in communities all over the world was a shared responsibility between citizens and the police, hence the need for the public to partner the police to discharge their mandate.
DSP Afari hinted that the police will soon embark on a crime combat sensitisation outreach programme with residents and stakeholders, including drivers’ unions, market women and youth groups, in the district and appealed for support in that direction.
The District Police Commander commended the chief and the residents for the peace enjoyed over the years, and called on residents of communities and real estate developers to support the police to fight crime in their communities.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba