THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has urged Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the region to eschew laziness and work assiduously to ensure the success of the government’s “Better Ghana” agenda of improving the living conditions of the people.
He also entreated the MDCEs to be in touch with the chiefs and people to explain the government’s policies and programmes to them.
According to him, their constant interaction with them would let them know their problems at first-hand and help find solutions to them.
“You should not wait for funerals or any social functions before visiting the various communities within your area of jurisdiction,” he stressed.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo made the call at a meeting with MDCEs, municipal and district co-ordinating directors in the region in Sunyani.
He urged the MDCEs to eschew arrogance and lifestyles which could cast a slur on their office and the government.
The Regional Minister stated that it was through constant interaction with the chiefs and people that would enable them to appreciate the efforts of the government, adding “You must develop good rapport with Nananom and the people.”
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo noted with concern that the region scored zero in the Functional Organisational Assessment Tool (FOAT) in 2008, and urged the MDCEs to work hard to enable their assemblies to qualify for the facility under the FOAT.
That, he said, was another way of helping the assemblies to get extra funds apart from the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF) to implement their development agenda.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo, however, commended the MDCEs for embarking on massive physical development within their two-year stay in office, adding “You have done well in terms of the provision of development projects which are dotted throughout the region.”
He entreated the MDCEs to also visit project sites to inspect the progress of work to ensure that they were completed on schedule and according to specifications.
Turning to the co-ordinating directors, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo urged them to be committed to the cause of the government.
He, however, sounded a note of caution to those who were playing politics with their office, warning that those who wanted to do politics must resign.