THE Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is liaising with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) to ensure that all royalties paid to the various district assemblies are published in the dailies to ensure their judicious use for the benefit of the people.
The move is also to promote transparency and accountability at the local level of governance and also to ensure that all stakeholders, especially nananom, have a say in the use of such monies received by the assemblies so as to initiate development projects for the benefit of the people.
The Minister of Lands and a Natural Resources, Alhaji Collins Dauda, said this at a durbar organised in his honour by the Ahafo South Divisional Council at Dadiasoba in the Asutifi District in the Brong Ahafo Region to congratulate him on his appointment as cabinet minister.
The membership of the council, comprising divisional chiefs from Abuom, Ayomso, Mehame and Dadiasoaba honoured the minister by giving him a traditional title, Oseadeeyo Alhaji Collins Dauda. He was presented with a smock and two rams. A local private radio station, Nananom FM, a subsidiary of Angel group of companies, also presented him with two bulls at the durbar for his contribution towards the growth of the station.
Also honoured by the council was the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo. He was also presented with a smock.
Alhaji Dauda, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asutifi South, stated that apart from the MLGRD publishing the royalties received by the assemblies, the government had also tasked the ministry to publish the common fund received by the assemblies so that Nananom and the people could hold District Chief Executives (DCEs) accountable for how they utilise the funds which were for development to bring improvement in their living conditions.
He charged the yet-to-be swornin District and Municipal Chief executives in the region, most of who were present at the durbar, to make provision of social amenities in deprived communities of their respective districts a top priority to alleviate the plight of the people.
He thanked the council for the honour done him and promised to serve his constituents and the nation as a whole.
Alhaji Dauda called on the chiefs and people of the communities to rally behind the government to bring into fruition all the electoral promises made to them .
He pledged that by the close of the year, the government would reshape all the bad roads in the area to make travelling on them comfortable, adding that that would also boost commerce.
The Asutifi South MP also called on the people who cultivate cocoa in the various forest reserves in the area to desist from such act, since the government had plans to start the re-afforestation project to revamp the depleted forests.
For his part, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo thanked the council for the honour done them and promised that he would use his position as the regional minister to serve the region.
He stressed the need for all citizens of the Brong-Ahafo Region to come together to better their lot irrespective of their political affiliation.
Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretary, called on traditional rulers who were fanning ethnic sentiments in their various traditional areas to put a stop to it, since it was a potential threat to national unity and social integration.
The Ayomsohene, Oyeeman Appiah Kubi, who read the speech on behalf of the council, had earlier called on the government as a matter of urgency to reconstruct the Mahame Junction-Sienchem road and provide a new bridge on the Tano River.
He also called for the rehabilitation of the Goaso-Ayomso, Nkasiem-Nkrankrom, Sankore-Abuom and Goaso-Tepa roads, since their deteriorated state was hampering the progress of the Ahafo area.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Mr J.H. Owusu Acheampong and Madam Cecilia Johnson, members of the Council of State, Mr I.K. Adjei Mensah, a former Minister of Works and Housing, the Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, and some party functionaries at the regional level, including Mr Justice Samuel Adjei, the NDC Brong Ahafo Regional Secretary.