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General News Sat, 1 Mar 2008

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Ketu-North District is born

Dzodze, (V/R) March 01, GNA-The newly created Ketu-North District, carved out of the Ketu District was inaugurated on Friday at Dzodze, its capital.

The new assembly's 29 elected and appointed members were also sworn in. However, the election of the assembly's Presiding Member (PM) ended in a stalemate after two ballots in which the contenders failed to obtain the two-thirds majority required to win. The selection of a PM was therefore called off for two weeks. The two, who vied for the position were Togbe Wetsigbe, a traditional ruler and Mr Vincent Tetteh, 62, a retired teacher. Mr Kofi Dzamesi, Volta Regional Minister, who inaugurated the district on behalf of President J.A Kufuor said a series of schemes in place to transform the local governance system required a type of assembly member who understood the dynamics in order to contribute to its enhancement.

Mr. Justice Cudjoe, Ketu District Chief Executive (DCE) said the creation of the new district, which had been fought for during the past 15 years, enjoined the people to assist by paying rates and levies to strengthen its economic position.

He also asked landlords to avoid putting impediments in the way of the district infrastructure development programme. Mr. Cudjoe said the mother district would support the new district to grow and advised assembly members to refrain from petty bickering.

Source: GNA

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