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18.06.2005 Politics

Seven out of eight W/R DCEs sail through confirmation process.

GNA

Daboase (W/R) June 18, - GNA - Two more nominated Chief Executives for Mpohor-Wassa East and Jomoro districts in the Western Region were on Friday given the nod by their District Assemblies at separate meetings at Daboase and Half-Assini. This brings to seven the number of DCEs confirmed by their respective assemblies out of the eight that had so far held meetings to confirm the President's nominees.

Mr. Kwesi Biney, the President's nominee as DCE for Ahanta West was the only person who failed to poll the required two-thirds of the votes of the Assembly Members for confirmation. Twenty-two of the 44-member house, voted against his nomination. Members of the Assembly would meet against within the next seven days to decide the fate of Mr. Biney.

At Friday's meeting at Daboase, all the 40 members of the Mpohor-Wassa East Assembly voted to confirm Mr. Edward Tawiah Amprofi as the substantive DCE. He thanked the Assembly Members for the confidence reposed in him and promised to work harder than before to meet the developmental aspirations of the people.

Mr. Amprofi announced that the Assembly would evolve a programme, the Rural Enterprise Project that would be similar to the President's Special Initiative (PSI), to boost oil palm production as part of efforts to reduce poverty among the people. It has a long-term programme to establish an oil mill to sell its products to improve local sources of income for the Assembly. Mr. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Western Regional Minister commended the Assembly Members for their unity and understanding which is a prerequisite for sustained development. He called for closer collaboration among the Assembly Members, Chiefs and the people to accelerate the pace of development in the district.

At Half-Assini, 35 out of the 39 members of the Jomoro District Assembly present, voted to endorse the President's nominee, Mr. Martin Yamikeh Ackah as the DCE. Three voted against his nomination while one ballot paper was rejected.

Madam Sophia Horner-Sam, Deputy Western Regional Minister expressed her joy at the peaceful manner the voting was conducted since previous similar functions were characterised with confusion and violence. She said the confirmation of Mr. Ackah was a sign of respect and honour to the President and appealed for unity and cooperation among the Assembly Members.

Mr. Ackah had earlier appealed to Members of the Assembly to endorse his nomination to enable him to continue with his agenda for sustained development of the district.

Other nominees of the President, who have so far been confirmed include Ms Gladys Gyapomaah Oduro for Wassa-Amenfi East district, Mr. Emmanuel Kwesi Ayensu, Wassa West district and Mr. Samuel Alberto Takyi, Wassa Amenfi West district. The rest are Mr. Kingsley Ofori-Asante, Aowin-Suaman, and Mr. Philip Kwesi Nkrumah, Chief Executive for Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly.

Juabeso, Bia-Essem and Sefwi-Wiawso districts would meet next week to confirm the President's nominees for the post of DCEs for the areas. The President is yet to nominate DCEs for Axim and Bibiani.

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