There was a hold-up during the swearing in of government appointees at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) on Monday after the loyalty of some of the candidates was questioned.
The Tema East Constituency executives of New Patriotic Party (NPP) vehemently opposed the appointment of one Mr Osman Ashitey among the 15 persons to be sworn in.
Mr Ofoe Teye, Tema East NPP Chairman, said Mr Ashitey whom they said was a relative of the party’s Greater Accra Regional Chairman and Greater Accra Regional Minister designate, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, was not qualified to be a government appointee.
Mr Teye indicated that his loyalty to the party was questionable as he accused him of announcing his intentions to leave the party to join the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after the party’s primaries.
He added that the competence of such a person was questionable as he refused to contribute to the party’s recent electoral victory.
He accused Mr Ishmael Ashitey of by-passing the constituency executives and to appoint his relative who does not merit an appointment.
The constituency chairman called on President Nana Akufo Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure that party structures were allowed to work so that deserving people were appointed as to serve as anything to the contrary would spell doom for the party in the 2020 elections.
Meanwhile, the nationality of another appointee, Mr Anthony Fenandez, was challenged until he produced his passport and national ID to prove he was a Ghanaian.
Justice Joseph M.C. Ali Junior, a Tema District Magistrate, led the appointees to take allegiance, office and secrecy oaths after it was agreed that Mr Ashitey and Mr Fenandez should be part of the government appointees.
The occasion was also used for the creation and adoption of two sub-committees; gender and sport and trades and industry.
Mr Richard Fiadomor, TMA Presiding Member, advised the government appointees to be committed to the work of the Assembly and help it achieve its aims and restore its glory of being the number one Assembly in Ghana.