Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has advised metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to be effective agents of behavioural and attitudinal change, to promote development.
He also challenged the metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives to take the National Sanitation Day (NSD) campaign to a greater height, to promote public and environmental health.
Alhaji Dauda gave the advice when he addressed staff and departmental heads of Bawku West and Binduri district assemblies in the Upper East Region on Thursday.
Alhaji Dauda, who is also the Member of Parliament for Asutifi South, charged the heads of departments at the MMDAs, to promote sustainable economic development to raise the living standards of the people.
The minister urged the assemblies to bring on board innovative ideas that would help in generating more internal funds to support government efforts in ensuring development.
Naba Azumbilla Ndago Aboya III, Chief of Zebilla, welcomed the idea of the NSD, and pledged the people of Zebilla’s continuous participation in the exercise.
He urged the public to sustain the monthly exercise, and appealed to the ministry to provide the people of Zebilla with toilet facilities, to curb open defecation in the area.
Naba Robert Agapwin Akolbila, Binduri Naa, said: “We have embraced the NSD, and will give it the fullest support and backing to succeed.”
He expressed appreciation to the government for providing the district with a Community Senior High School, CHIPS compound, and other infrastructure.
Mr Daniel Syme, Deputy Regional Minister, said the development of the district relied on the commitment of departmental heads and staff, and therefore, urged them to be patriotic and promote the development of the area.
The minister was in the region together with deputy ministers of the ministry, Mr Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and Mr Emmanuel Kwadjo Agyekum, Members of Parliament respectively, for Odododiodioo in the Greater Accra Region, and Berekum in the Brong-Ahafo Region. — GNA