Assembly Members Chase MCD

John Kofi Adomako
Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that the relationship between members of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly in the Eastern Region and the Coordinating Director, John Kofi Adomako as well as the Municipal Finance Officer, Jonathan Obeng Yeboah has turned sour, with the former calling for the immediate transfer of the two senior officers.

Reports said that the assembly passed a resolution and issued a seven-day ultimatum for the transfer of the two after which they planned to oust the two officials through any means.

At a general meeting held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, members unanimously voted in favour of the motion to transfer Mr. Adomako without delay from the municipality, DAILY GUIDE gathered.

Sources confirmed to the paper that 40 members, who took part in the meeting out of a total of 45, supported the motion and directed the Presiding Member, Dr. Peace Mamle Tetteh to take immediate steps to convey the decision of the house to the appropriate authorities for its speedy implementation by Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to avoid any confrontation.

According to the sources, 35 Assembly members, representing more than two-thirds of the house, also backed the decision to transfer the Finance Officer, Mr. Yeboah within the same period.

The members have accused Mr. Adomako of engaging in corrupt practices at the assembly and using official working hours and state resources to transact his personal business to the detriment of the assembly.

‘He is hardly at post during working hours and will not cooperate with the house to prosecute the developmental agenda of the assembly even on the few days he shows up at work,’ an assembly member told the paper.

The assembly members are also up in arms against Yeboah for failing to present what they called trial balance, a quarterly report that shows the financial status of the municipal assembly.

The Assembly members told DAILY GUIDE that Mr Yeboah has never attended the Finance and Administration Sub-committee meeting, a committee he is supposed to serve as secretary by virtue of his position.

They claimed he did not give any reason nor present them with the relevant official documents for the committee to transact business.

Explaining further, Evans Tamatey, one of the assembly members said, ‘We want the two officials out; it is a popular decision of the house and this we will pursue to the letter. Their stay will not help the development agenda of the municipality.’

Adomako Reacts
When this paper contacted Mr. Adomako, who is currently indisposed, he indicated that he was yet to be notified officially but added that the assembly members were aggrieved partly because he raised concerns about their arbitrary increment in sitting allowances from GH¢30.00 to GH¢100.00.

He, however, denied reports the he used office time and resources to promote his private business.

The Presiding Member of the Assembly, Dr. Peace Mamle Tetteh and Mr. Yeboah were not readily available for their comments.

MCE’s response
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Frederinck Jacob Acolatse, on his apart, told DAILY GUIDE that though he has some reservations about the decision taken by the house, which was without recourse to due process such as cautioning the officers or dragging them before the disciplinary committee, he wished that the Regional Coordinating Council would transfer the officers to promote peace in the area.

Commenting on the performance of Mr. Adomako, the MCE said, ‘He is good and has the experience except that he is slow with his work.

He hinted that Mr. Yeboah, on the other hand, could be facing those challenges enumerated by the assembly members partly because of the lack of a centralized data storage system at the assembly.

‘The assembly is therefore taking steps to acquire more computers to get the system automated to facilitate the storage and sharing of data,’ he emphasized.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Odumase Krobo 

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