Members of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly are demanding the immediate transfer of the Coordinating Director, John Kofi Adomako and Municipal Finance Officer, Jonathan Obeng Yeboah for allegedly presiding over corruption.
At a general meeting on Thursday March 19, 2015, the 40 members present unanimously voted in favour of the motion to have Mr. Adomako transferred without delay from the municipality.
They therefore directed the Presiding Member, Dr. Peace Mamle Tetteh to take immediate steps to convey the decision of the house to the appropriate authorities for speedy implementation latest Wednesday April 1, 2015 to avoid confrontation.
The assembly members also issued a seven day ultimatum after which they will oust the two officials by any other means available to them.
Out of the forty (40) present, 35 representing more than two-thirds majority of the 45-member house also supported a decision for the Finance Officer, Jonathan Yeboah to be transferred within the same period.
The members are accusing Mr. Adomako of presiding over corrupt practices at the assembly and using official working hours as well as state resources to transact his personal businesses to the detriment of the assembly.
They alleged that he is hardly at post during working hours and will not co-operate with the house to prosecute the developmental agenda of the assembly even on the few days he shows up at work.
The assembly members are also up in arms against Yeboah for not presenting what they called trial balance, a quarterly report that shows the financial status of the municipal assembly.
They said he has never attended the Finance and Administration Sub-committee meetings, a committee he is supposed to serve as secretary by virtue of his position, and would not give any reason. He would not also furnish them with the relevant official documents needed for the committee to transact its businesses.
One of the Assembly members, Evans Tamatey told Adom News “We want the two officials out; it is a popular decision of the house and this we will pursue to the letter. Their stay will not help the development agenda of the municipality.”
When contacted, Mr. Adomako who is presently indisposed indicated that he was yet to be notified officially but added that the assembly members were aggrieved partly because he raised concerns about their arbitrary increment in sitting allowance from GHC 30.00 to GHC 100.00.
He however, denied using office hours and resources for his private business.
The Presiding Member of the Assembly, Dr. Peace Mamle Tetteh and Mr. Yeboah were not readily available for their comments.
On his part the Municipal Chief Executive, (MCE) Hon. Frederick Jacob Acolatse said though he has reservations about the decision taken by the house, which was without recourse to due process such as cautioning the officers or dragging them before the disciplinary committee, it is his wish that the Regional Coordinating Council transfers the officers in the interest of peace.
Commenting on the performance of Mr. Adomako, the MCE said “He is good and has the experience except that he is slow with his work”. He added that Mr. Yeboah, on the other hand could be facing those challenges as adduced by the assembly members partly because of the lack of a centralized data storage system at the assembly.
“The assembly is therefore taking steps to acquire more computers to get the system automated to facilitate the storage and sharing of data”, he emphasized.