By: Rita Kafui Nedjoh | Voltaonlinegh |
President of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La has expressed his intentions to contest for the Presidency of the Association for a second term.
Mr. Annang-La who is also the Mayor of Tema Metropolitan Assembly in the Greater-Accra Region made this known at a press conference held on Thursday, June 6 at the Ho Municipal Assembly in the Volta Region.
Speaking at the conference, he said, “it is with humility that I want to announce my intention to contest for the position of the president of NALAG by submitting myself to delegates at the 4th Biennial National Delegates’ Conference slated for the 12th to 15th of June 2019 at Sunyani.”
The NALAG President said his vision was to build a solid and resilient Association responding effectively to its core mandate adding that, he would roll out programmes which would enable members of the Association to effectively discharge their duties.
According to him, when given the mandate to serve the Association for a second term, he would focus on vigorous training and capacity building for members to equip them with the requisite skills to be relevant after their term of office.
The Mayor noted that he would set up a robust welfare fund through the allocation of 10 per cent of members’ dues to the scheme and advocate for by-elections for assembly members who are either deceased or no more at the assemblies to aid the continuation of developmental programmes at the assemblies.
He also assured, “I will focus on initiating the process leading to payment of ex-gratia from the consolidated funds instead of the internally generated fund (IGF) which will ensure equity, fairness, prompt payment and motivate members to give off their best.”
Mr. Annang-La however, noted that his journey as the President of NALAG had not been easy as the Association had some inherited challenges including incessant conflicts between presiding members and chief executives of the assemblies and poor representation of women at the assemblies.
According to him, he was able to tackle the challenges and made some achievements, the biggest being the procurement of motorbikes for assembly members.
He indicated that “these achievements energise and encourage me to do more and to take the Association from where it is now to higher heights where it deserves when given the mandate with the experience and the exposure.”
Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa with his Deputy Rev. Johnson Avuletey handed over keys to 1037 motorbikes to the NALAG President to be distributed to all assembly members in the Volta and Oti regions.
Dr. Archibald cautioned assembly members to observe maintenance culture on the motorbikes and also use the motorbikes for their intended purposes.