THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has warned that people who are occupying government bungalows illegally in Sunyani, the regional capital, will be ejected without fear or favour.
He noted that, accommodation for government workers in the regional capital has become acute and critical as a result of illegal occupation while many heads of departments who are supposed to have occupied those bungalows are rather living in junior staff quarters.
“This norm should give way to the right order so that those who are qualified and deserve to live in these bungalows have access to them,” he stressed.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo gave the warning when he met with the various heads of departments and government agencies in the region at the conference hall of the Presidential Lodge at the Residency in Sunyani.
The meeting was to exchange ideas, and evolve strategies to help achieve the better Ghana agenda of the government.
The regional minister said when he assumed office, he commissioned a task force to look into the state bungalows in the region, adding that out of the 186 residential accommodation, only 78 paid rent while the remaining 106 did not pay any rent.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo stressed the need for the anomaly to be addressed, adding that his office had asked the Auditor General’s Department to wade into it for those who had defaulted for the past times to pay for the arrears.
The regional minister gave the assurance that the government, as well as the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC), was committed to confronting the challenges faced by the various departments and agencies to help them achieve the development agenda and targets set for them.
He, therefore, called on the various heads of departments to also put in their best to achieve the objectives set by the government for an improvement in the living conditions of the people.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo urged them to eschew negative tendencies and attitudes that tended to affect the morale of those who worked under them by being punctual to work and showing enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to work.
He urged workers who were in the habit of loitering to desist from the act.
He advised them to strive to keep their environment clean always in order to create a good corporate image for themselves and their offices.
Some of the heads of departments at the meeting appealed for office accommodation at the RCC as they were renting offices at exorbitant prices.
Others also called for general security improvement in the areas where the offices were located in the regional capital to prevent intruders during working hours.