The Sunyani Municipal Assembly in accordance with the Local Government Act has sworn in newly-elected Assembly Members and Government Appointees for its eighth (8th) Assembly, in a ceremony which took place at the forecourt of the Assembly on Monday, 12th February 2024

In his welcome address, the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Ansu Kumi congratulated all the Assembly and Unit Committee Members on their victory and reminded them of their mandate to help in the development agenda of the municipality. “You have a huge responsibility as far as the work of the Assembly is concern, so let us jointly do our best for the development of the municipality”. He said

In a speech read on his behalf by the Bono Regional Representative on the Council of State Mr. Kodwo Agyenim-Boateng, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo described the inaugural ceremony as an important milestone in the decentralization and local Governance objectives of the country. “The constitution enjoins the state to promote popular participation in Governance by decentralizing the administrative and financial machinery of Government to the Regions and Districts and by affording all possible opportunities to the people to participate in decision making at every level in national life and in Government.” He said.

He further stated that the functions of this Assembly as provided for under section 12, 1 and 13 of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (ACT 936) include the formulation and the execution of plans, programs and strategies for the effective mobilization of resources for the overall development of the District. He mentioned that these functions were the reason why the gathering had met to inaugurate the Assembly and congratulated all the elected Assembly and Unit Committees Members

Mr. Agyenim-Boateng continued that ‘’I have in accordance with the constitution appointed Members to add to the elected members and I have given you the mandate to lead the development aspirations of your District and together with your MMDCEs I charge you to advance the implementation of government programs in the Coordinated Program of Economic and Social Development Policies (2022-2025)’’.

He said that, the instinct of the average Ghanaian is still to look towards Accra or their Members of Parliament for things that fall within the remit of the District Assemblies and therefore, calls for a continuous capacity building as well as sensitization of all citizens on the tenets of decentralization and Ghana’s local governance system

The Council of State Member urged the Assembly to be responsible for the development, improvement, and management of human settlements and the environs in the municipality. “One major function of the Assembly is to explore avenues for the creation of employment, particularly for the Youth and I entreat you all to be part of the team that finally change the status quo and deepen local governance and decentralization in your locality” he said.