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Upper West Region out-performing Upper East Region in many areas – RM laments

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The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu has expressed his displeasure at the seeming lack of progress in the region. Mr. Yakubu was unhappy that the Upper West Region, carved out of the then Upper Region, constantly outperformed the Upper East Region.

The Regional Minister, unhappy about the situation, explained that it does not bode well for the Upper East Region as an older region.

He said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.

“The Upper West Region was born out of the Upper East Region, but if you look at the rankings in a lot of things, we are behind the Upper West Region. It means that there are things that we are not doing right. There was some grading of all of the regions. We did not do very well. I have also been here for about a year [as Regional Minister], I have gone round, I have seen the way people work, and I am not enthused at all,” he said.

“I have decided to go round and let people know my displeasure and also for them to change. The most important thing is change. If you have a job, I think you have to be serious with the job and work,” the Regional Minister added.

Mr, Yakubu called on Assembly staff to be more dedicated to the development of their various areas adding that such developments would fit into the grande development agenda of the region.

Earlier, Mr. Yakubu had vowed to deal ruthlessly with non-performing staff at the various assemblies in the region.

The Minister said he could not fathom why public sector workers, especially the staff at the various assemblies, will not report to work and still expect to be paid at the end of the month.

Mr Yakubu’s comment came to buttress the abysmal performance of the region at the 2020 annual performance evaluation report of the local government service.

“Our performances in various performance leagues for the past years have not been encouraging. And I want that to change for good. I’m charging all the Municipal and District Chief Executives to report to me those who don’t like coming to work. Now, we need change. We can’t continue living the way we used to live. Change must come, and I will lead that change,” he said.

The Minister made the comment when he paid a working visit to some Municipal and District assemblies to have first-hand information on some of the challenges confronting them.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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