There was chaos at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on Thursday, December 17 when members of the assembly were involved in a free for all fight over sitting allowance.
According to some reports, members at the meeting could not accept an excuse by the leadership of the AMA to postpone the payment of their allowances after long hours of sitting. Others were also concerned about the amount itself.
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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly is the political and administrative authority for the city of Accra. The Accra Metropolitan Assembly has a general assembly which is constituted by about 102 members: two-thirds are elected representatives and one-third are government appointees.
The Assembly has ten sub-metropolitan district councils which are subordinate to the general assembly. They perform functions assigned to them by the instrument that sets up the Assembly or delegated to them by the general assembly.
The president of Ghana nominates a person for the office of the Mayor of Accra, but the nominee must be approved by at least two-thirds of the general assembly membership.