The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) on Thursday, 24th August 2023 organized a workshop to sensitize selected Staff on the Assembly’s byelaws at Abokobi.
This was done with the objective of helping Staff to be conversant with the local laws also known as byelaws.
Opening the training, the Deputy Director (DD), Dey Kukubor, on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, welcomed the participants and tasked them to pay keen attention to the presentations by the Resource Persons to help them know and apply the byelaws appropriately.
“We are all here today to get sensitized on the Byelaws of the Assembly. I urge you all to give all your concentration to all that will be spoken about today and at the end, The question “what is it about? “Will be answered”.
The Municipal Environmental Health Officer (MEHO), Mr Charles Amponsah Asabre, one of the two resource people for the workshop, made a presentation on the Assembly’s Byelaws on sanitation.
He indicated that the Assembly's Byelaws were sourced from the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936), Section 181.
He said the current Byelaws were revised from the previous one and gazette in 2018 after being approved by the General Assembly and certified by the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).
He educated the participants on the various sanitation offenses and urged them to report on the nuisances in their respective communities.
The Municipal Works Engineer (MWE), Mr. Peter Bah-Lano, the second Resource Person, took the participants through the Byelaws bothering on building regulations.
He touched on important areas such as the temporary and permanent permits of which the temporary permits expire within twelve (12) months and five (5) years for the permanent one.
He informed the participants that unauthorized developers (development without permit) when identified are issued with written notices (court summons).
He further explained that by this law, a culprit is either fined or can serve a prison term of not more than three months as directed by the court.
The Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Nii-Amarh Ashitey, on behalf of the Hon. Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), thanked all Staff who participated in the workshop and indicated that Management will continue to facilitate such training regularly.
“I strongly believe you’ve learnt a lot here today and hope that it will change the way you see things within Local Government Service. As public servants, you can equip yourselves with the Byelaws as tools to use when you’re to defend yourself in any case", he stated.