“I Wasn’t Arm-Chair MCE” – Hon Odoley Sowah

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Hon. Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, former Municipal Chief Executive, MCE of La DadeKotopon Municipal Assembly, LaDMA has charged current MCEs not to be ‘Armchair’ MDCEs but must also go to the field with their officers.

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Hon. Naa Odoley Sowah made the statement when the organizers of the 71st Annual New Year School and Conference saw the need to tap her experience as the former award-winning female MCE in the Greater Accra Region for the current Municipal and District Chief Executives, MDCEs.

The organisers brought a huge number of MDCEs to tap knowledge from experience former MCEs like Hon. Naa Odoley Sowah on how they ran their Municipality so could help in revenue mobilization in their various Assemblies and proper utilization of the fund with Ghana beyond aid agenda in mind.

In her delivery, the former LaDMA MCE and Parliamentary Candidate for the area hinted she was more on the field with the revenue collectors and building inspectors for first-hand information on the job.

The hardworking former MCE disclosed she makes time to go round the Municipality on weekends to see things for herself and this informs most of her decisions at meetings with field staff.

With this experience, the Assembly was able to motivate field officers, especially the revenue collectors and in leiu of this they were able to detect fraud in the revenue collection and those involved were delt with.

She further hinted that a significant revenue the Assembly generates are used for paying salaries of the workers the Assembly employed.

Hon. Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, the NDC PC for La Dade Kotopon Constituency informed the 71st Annual New Year School and Conference, ANYSC that a chunk of the funds generated were used in the number of projects the Assembly initiated under her watch.

Some of these projects the NDC PC, Hon. Naa Odoley Sowah, aka Nyawo Kpakpa started including fencing of schools to prevent encroachers, construction of drains and a marketing complex amongst others projects.

She also declosed some other projects became standstill following change of government.

By: Delali A. Awuyeh

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