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Approval of MMDCEs: Elizabeth Kwatseo Sackey confirmed as 1st female Mayor of Accra

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Hon. Elizabeth Kwatseo Tawiah Sackey has been unanimously confirmed as the first female Chief Executive Officer (MCE) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

Hon Elizabeth Sackey, an economist who hails from Asene secured 30 Yes votes representing 100 per cent to sail through in an election conducted by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Thursday at the Accra City Hall.

Hon Elizabeth Sackey, who was also a former Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for the Okai Koi North constituency succeeds  Hon Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who has been serving in that position since 2017.

The new AMA boss in her acceptance speech disclosed that her vision was “to build a new Accra; a model city whose inhabitants have a shared responsibility in making it modern.”

She said the city of Accra was endowed with enormous human and material resources that could be harnessed for the benefit of its people and made a clarion call on all and sundry to come on board to achieve her goals.

“This city is endowed with enormous human and material resources that could be harnessed for the benefit of our people. There is a lot of work to be done. Therefore this is a clarion call for all to come on board so that we can achieve our goals. To my Assembly members and the staff of the Assembly that I will be working with, I will need your unflinching support. Uneasy, they say, is the head that wears the crown, but with a strong neck to support the head, the crown will be very light and we shall smile at any storm,” she said.

She noted that the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive was a  challenging one that required a lot of commitment, dedication and hard work to succeed.

“The challenges that face us are enormous and we must realise that our journey forward in the face of all these challenges will be difficult, but with the help of God and all stakeholders, we shall overcome. Together, we shall confront all our challenges head-on, taking into consideration our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats” she said.

The new ‘Mayor of Accra’  used the opportunity to express her appreciation to the almighty God for his loving-kindness, to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo for nominating her as the first female MCE of Accra and all Assembly members for the overwhelming confirmation.

Hon  K. T. Sackey also acknowledged the hard work,  dedication and exceptional leadership of her predecessors over the years  promising  to  draw on their vast experience to develop the city.

Greater Accra Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Ayawaso Central constituency, Hon. Henry Quartey admonished the newly elected Chief Executive of the AMA to value the contribution of Assembly members since they have vast knowledge in various fields.

He also urged her to engage all stakeholders in all decisions to build consensus to achieve her vision and goals.

Hon Alfred Adjei, Presiding Member (PM) of the AMA, summarized his advice to the newly elected MCE by quoting Martin Luther King Junior who said “if a man is called to be a street sweeper, he must  sweep as Michelangelo painted,  he must sweep as Beethoven composed music, he must sweep as William Shakespeare wrote poetry. He must sweep very well that the angels of heaven will pause and say here lived a great street sweeper who did his job very well”

Dr.Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye and  Dakoa Newman, Members of Parliament for the Odododiodio, Ablekuma South, and Okaikwei South constituencies respectively in their remarks also pledged their support for the new AMA boss to help  develop the city.

Source: Kennedy Anin

 

 

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