Veep Warns Ministers Against Under Performance

Vice-President-Kwesi-Amissah-ArthurThee Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur yesterday warned Ministers and other government appointees against under performance, saying they must live up to expectation.

“No excuses can be accepted, and deviations cannot be tolerated,” he said.

Addressing the opening session of this year’s Regional Ministers conference at Busua in the Western Region, the Vice President said it was critical to demonstrate to Ghanaians the government’s commitment to achieve the development aspirations of the people.

The Vice President also charged the Regional Security Councils (REEGSEC) to step up their performance, saying most of the disturbances in the regions could have been detected through the of effective early warning signals.

The three-day conference, which was on the theme, “Redefining the role of the regional level in the governance architecture,” is to create a platform for a review of the performance of the Regional administrations, and develop measures towards enhancing their output in the implementation of the nation’s development agenda.

The Vice President expressed worry over media reports, which sometimes create the impression of serious insecurity situation in the country.

“If it is not residents demonstrating over the poor state of their roads, a Member of Parliament issuing a ‘shoot to kill’ order to his constituents against Fulani herdsmen, NDC members protesting the nomination of DCEs, then it is galamsey operators resisting police operations or a group of workers declaring unilateral strike action.

“Many of those agitations could be ameliorated if the REGSECs took pre-emptive measures rather than wait for the agitations to develop before reacting,” he said.

Vic President Amissah-Arthur, therefore, reminded the Regional Ministers that, as chairpersons of the REGSECs, they were required to play a critical role, under the Security and Intelligence Agencies Act 1996, Act 526, to ” provide early warning to government of the existence of the likelihood of any security threat to the region.”

With regard to develoment, Vice President Amissah-Arthur called for all hands on deck in the implementation of the better Ghana agenda.

He said although the ruling party won the 2012 elections with the proposal of a better Ghana agenda, it has become a national agenda, which all should work towards achieving.

“Those of us in leadership positions need to work to ensure the implementation of the better Ghana agenda.

“We must demonstrate to the Ghanaian electorate through our performance that we are ready to carry on for four more years until 2020,” the Vice President said.

Touching on the upcoming district level elections, he said the goverment expects the Regional Coordinating Councils and the regional Ministers to work closely with the Electoral Commision to ensure that the election was conducted in an effective and peaceful manner, Vice President Amissah Arthur said.

On the objectives of the conference, which is the second under the present administration, the Vice President noted that as Ghana Constitution marks its 21st anniversary this year, and nation should be in a position to redefine the role of the regional level in governance, based on the practicality of the constitutional provisions on regional level governance.

“The issue is how effectively the regions can play their role in national governance,” he said.

Among other objectives, the conference would dicuss issues relating to regional security, infrastructure, development planning management, as well as how to implement social development interventions.

Okogyeman Kwaku Gyamprah III, Paramount chief  of Sefwi Chirano, and a Memner of the Council of State, who chaired the opening session, lauded the objective of the meeting, and reminded the government of the need to address the challenges facing the people.

He cited inadequate supply of water and electricty, poor road networks, lack of proper health care delivery, poor educational facilities, and illegal mining as negatively affecting livelihood in expecially in the rural areas.

“It is my wish that as this conference progresses, regional ministers will come out with a more comprehensive policy initiative that will bring together the governance system and traditional authorities so that together, we can transform this nation into a more prosperous society,” Okogyaman Kwaku Gyamprah said. From Edmund Mingle, Busua

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