By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Hohoe in the Volta Region, Andrews Teddy Ofori has denied the claim of under-performance and other allegations leveled against him by a member of the assembly, Stephen Ahlidzi, describing it as “misleading, non-factual and untruth.”
Mr. Ofori said these claims by the Assemblyman were calculated attempts aimed at discrediting his person and the gains made by the Hohoe Municipal Assembly.
The Assembly member for Gbledi Electoral Area in the Hohoe Municipality, Stephen Ahlidzi on June 20, 2019, at a press meeting at Hohoe called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remove Mr. Ofori over his incompetence.
Mr. Ahlidzi alleged that since the appointment of Mr. Ofori in 2017, there was nothing to boast of as an initiative of the Assembly and the MCE pointing to the Assembly’s heavy equipment being in disrepairs, bad roads scattering the Municipality, failure in forming the One District One Factory (1D1F) Committee and selection of factory types most suitable for the Municipality, and lack of transparency and accountability among others as reasons for demanding his removal.
However, the Assembly in a press conference addressed by the MCE on Tuesday, July 9 said the claims were mischievous and untrue saying, the assembly had achieved unprecedented feats in the 40 years of its existence.
According to Mr. Ofori, he took over the administration of the Assembly when it was performing poorly in the region and through dent of hard work and judicious use of resources, moved it to an “enviable position of number one among 25 municipal/district assemblies in the Volta and Oti regions for five consecutive times.”
The MCE among others, mentioned the tremendous improvement in the financial performance of the Assembly in 2018 which exceeded projected internally generated revenue of GH¢990,890.00 to GH¢1,008,427.35 representing 102 per cent, a performance “better than that of 2017, 2016, 2015 and years preceding 2014.”
He disclosed that the Assembly inherited debts from the previous administration which ought to be paid to enable construction works to go on in the municipality.
“Over twenty-four contracts were awarded towards the tail end of 2016 and which debts of GH¢3,099,706.20 we inherited and have used the past two years to pay.”
Mr. Ofori revealed that aside projects awarded by his predecessor, his administration had initiated projects including 10-seater WC with biogas for Hohoe E.P SHS, Akpafu Sec Tech School, Afadjato Sec Tech School and St Mary Seminary SHS, solar-powered borehole for Akpafu Sokpo, Fodome Agbesia and Likpe Alavanyo, CHPs Compound at Likpe Koforidua, which were at various levels of completion.
On roads, he said the Assembly reshaped a number of roads in the municipality adding, “selected roads would soon be constructed under the Sino Hydro Infrastructure Project Fund.”
The MCE assured that his administration would remain focused to implement policies of government to better the lives of his people and welcomed the Public Relations and Complaints Committee of the Assembly to investigate the allegations made against him to ascertain the truth.