Madam Paulina Patience Abayege, the Upper East Regional Minister on Tuesday on behalf of government presented 533 motorcycles to assembly members in all 15 Municipal and District Assemblies of the region, to facilitate their activities.
At a brief handing over ceremony, Madam Abayege said the motorcycles were acquired through procurement processes.
Madam Abayege commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the gesture, and said “he is not just a talker, when he promises, he delivers. We have seen what is happening and this is one of the things.”
She said the region was the third to receive the motorcycles with Northern and Central regions being first and second recipients respectively.
“We also want to thank the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and the Administrator of the Common Fund for working together to ensure that these motorcycles come to the Upper East Region.”
The Minister said the terrain of the region was rugged, and the motorcycles would be a form of encouragement to the assembly members because their work was voluntary.
She appealed to them to maintain the motorcycles regularly, and observe road safety measures and always use crash helmets.
Mr Williams Aduum, Dean of the Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Upper East Region, urged the assembly members to use the motorcycles for the purposes of which they were delivered, to enhance their work.
Mr David Adoliba, Dean of Presiding Members for the Assemblies, who received the motorcycles on behalf of assembly members, said, “if decentralisation is important, then we should find ways of getting the means of transport for the assembly members to be able to get to their communities.”
He said it was important to motivate members of the assemblies through such fringe benefits, adding that members were supposed to be in touch and to commune to their electoral areas.
Mr Adoliba said that assembly members used their private motorcycles to transport sick people in their electoral areas to health facilities.
He thanked government for the gesture, and advised his colleagues, especially those in the remote areas, to use the motorcycles with care.-GNA