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The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) has pledged his commitment to sustain the Tema Restoration Agenda which he sees as key to the development of the Metropolis.
Speaking to the Press on Saturday during the climax of a three-week cleanup campaign at Community Eight, Mr. Felix Mensah Nii Annan-La told of his determination to ensure the agenda of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) to restore Tema to her past glory was sustained.
“We are in the third constituency, and you can see how massive the restoration cleanup has been. From here, we’re going to sustain it; we will bring a lot of issues on board, such as prosecuting people who refuse to follow the sustainability plan,” he informed.
Mr. Annan-La added that, “As an Assembly, we will monitor the good job we’ve done these three weeks so we don’t see chocked gutters which could lead to flooding in future.”
He informed of the TMA’s commitment to educate and sensitize residents of the Metropolis and involve them in regular meetings, hinting that “we will form restoration committees in the communities and their job would be to make sure the sustainability we are preaching gets to the ground.”
The Presiding Member (PM) of the TMA, Richard Fiadomor, said the Assembly was behind the MCE and would not allow anybody to stand in his way.
He observed that the few challenges they have had in relation to demolishing of unauthorized structures within the Metropolis was because some constituents were taking advantage of their Members of Parliament (MPs), knowing the MPs had votes to win and would therefore speak on their behalf when they broke the law.
He talked about the next stage of the campaign which will be the removal of unauthorized structures in the city, hinting that “the city is becoming filthy and action must be taken to address it. There is no going back on the restoration agenda; we would do our best for Tema to become what it used to be.”
He recalled how Tema used to be a model city in Ghana, but said “it is also possible for Tema to get back to those glorious days. As he has brought this agenda, we are all supportive and would entreat residents of the Metropolis to do same.”
The Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Kofi Brako was happy for the turnout of members of his constituency in the exercise and pledged his support to the whole process by saying that that was what Tema needed.
He was particularly happy with the MCEs bid to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) across the Metropolis to fight against crime, and also to fumigate the Community Eight Market to eliminate rats.