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The Presiding Member advocates for equal termination benefits for Assembly members

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Mr. Alfred Adjei, the Presiding Member (PM) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has called for uniform termination benefits for Assembly members in all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.

Mr Adjei’s call came in the wake of concerns raised by members of the Assembly over the disparity in the end of service they receive after their term of office.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency following his re-election as the Presiding Member of the AMA for the fourth consecutive term, Mr Adjei said the existing system of remuneration of members of the assembly was not appropriate.

The Prime Minister stated that assembly members are currently receiving compensation from the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of their respective assemblies, a practice he deemed unfair due to the significant differences in the financial capabilities of different MMDAs.

Mr Adjei, who is also the Member of Parliament for Avenor Electoral Area, highlighted that while some MMDAs have substantial IGFs, others struggle with limited resources, leading to unequal compensation for members upon completion of their terms.

He underlined the need to restructure the payment system for services so that it comes directly from the consolidated fund, to ensure equal treatment for all members of the Assembly, especially those from disadvantaged Assemblies.

“Ultimately, the function of MPs is the same regardless of their geographical location as legislators.

“The same applies to members of the meeting. In any case, our end-of-year bonuses should come from consolidated funds and not from the IGF. So that is one of the core functions that we are going to advocate because it is very relevant to us,” he said.

Mr Adjei stated: “The current system of paying termination benefits based on internally generated funds is creating inequitable disparities among members of the assembly across the country.

“We must establish a fair and standardized payment structure that addresses the financial discrepancies among MMDAs and ensures equal remuneration for all members of the assembly,” he added.

Mr Adjei, who was re-elected as Secretary General of the Association of Presiding Members, expressed concern over the absence of Prime Ministers in eleven MMDAs in Greater Accra and announced plans to pay a working visit to these MMDAs to conduct the electoral process to speed up.

He emphasized the crucial role of Prime Ministers as spokespersons for their assemblies and emphasized the importance of their presence for the well-being of all members of the assembly in Accra, stressing the need for swift action to address the issue and ensure effective representation and governance within these meetings.

“Without presiding members, the Assembly faces obstacles in meeting its obligations, including the completion of the assessment of the District Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT),” and vowed to ensure that the 11 MMDAs elect prime ministers to facilitate their governance .

He said: “Serving as Secretary of the Association and being re-elected as Prime Minister of the AMA for the fourth consecutive term underlines my continued leadership and advocacy for the advancement of local government in Greater Accra.”

Source: GNA

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