Assembly Members of the West Mamprusi Municipal Assembly have confirmed Issahaku Aremeyaw Somo, the President’s nominee for the area, as their Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).
Issahaku Somo polled 44 votes out of 45 total votes cast, representing 98 percent out of the total votes.
The election was supervised by Adams Abdul Rauf, Municipal Director of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The new MCE has barely 10 months to tackle the deplorable infrastructure, poor sanitation among other teething challenges confronting the municipality.
Speaking shortly after the confirmation, the MCE pledged to tackle the ragging crime wave in the municipality as well as indiscipline on roads within the municipality.
The position became vacant following the sacking of the former MCE, Abu Mohammed by the President in December 2019 over perceived incompetence.
The North East Regional Minister, Solomon Boar who acted as an MCE of the area thanked the members of the assembly for the endorsement.
The presiding member, Seibiyam Ibrahim, initially appealed to the Local Government Ministry to review Article 244 of Chapter 20 of the Constitution which states that “a district assembly shall have a presiding member elected by 2/3 of Assembly Members.”
According to him, it seems to be losing its relevance as many assemblies are finding it difficult to have presiding members.
He made reference to the just-ended inauguration of the assemblies where in the Upper West Regions six districts failed to elect their presiding members. The Bole district, West Akyem, Chereponi and Bawku West districts equally failed to elect same.
The presiding member, Seibiyam Ibrahim, therefore, suggested “where 2/3 is not possible, it should be simple majority”, stressing that when that is implemented it would reduce the cost incurred in organising meetings to elect presiding members after unsuccessful attempts.
But reacting to his call, the Minister of Local Government Hajia Alima Mahama who was part of the ceremony disagreed with his opinion and said the 2/3 is important and should be established that the assembly members are willing to work with the presiding member and not imposed in them.
According to her, the new standing orders indicate that they are allowed three meetings, the inaugural meetings, and two more meetings.
“If in the two meetings, the person is not able to obtain the 2/3, the person must be dropped,” he said.
The Walewale township has buildings sited against the town planning scheme which affects the needed developmental plans. It is also said to be an area that lacks economic opportunities including factories, and coupled with the peoples’ unwillingness to pay taxes, draws the municipality backs in terms of development.
“The people here don’t like paying taxes, and we don’t have factories too. We just depend on the central government for funds which don’t flow regularly too,” a top official of the assembly told Citi News.