Members of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly are up in arms against the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Iddrisu Musah Superior, accusing him of mismanaging the assembly’s meager resources.
The assembly members have consequently signed a petition to remove him from office.
The petition, signed by 31out of the 58 assembly members, states in part that “we the undersigned Members of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly having lost confidence in the Mayor of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Honourable Iddrisu Musah hereby resolve, in accordance with order 17 (3) of the standing orders of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies of Ghana on this day 25th October… for the purpose of removing Honourable Iddrisu Musah from office as Mayor of the Metropolitan Assembly….”
Among other allegations, Musah Superior is accused of awarding contracts without due process and taking and acting on serious issues without the prior approval of the assembly.
Mr Superior took over office as mayor of the metropolis in March after an overwhelming endorsement by the assembly.
Seven months down the line, the assembly members are livid over the leadership style of the chief executive.
According to the embittered assembly members, Mr Superior has been lying to and withholding information from the assembly members the assembly.
They add that the mayor is “paying his self-appointed personal assistants each at one thousand Four Hundred Ghana Cedis per month (GHC1400.00).”
Since his appointment, Mr Superior has embarked on major projects including a decongestion exercise which led to the eviction of illegal structures and traders who used to sell on the shoulders of the streets within the Central Business District.
A combined team of military, police, the assembly task force and other security agencies were put in charge of the exercise.
This move by the assembly members comes barely few days to an October 31 deadline for commercial sex workers to leave the metropolis.
Earlier this month, the mayor led the security agencies and the metro task force into one of the forest reserves to evict illegal squatters, wee smokers and minors.
Some motor riders and operators of tricycles, popularly called “Mahama Kamboo” or “Yellow Yellow” have however accused the task force of extorting money from them.
The petition, which was copied to the Coordinating Director of the assembly, also accused the mayor of “constituting and paying a 61 member non-functional Task Force which cost the assembly GHC9, 150.”
The assembly is yet to fix a date to continue the impeachment process.
By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com