The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu is standing firmly by his recent decision to lock out some Municipal and District Chief Executives as well as Heads of Departments and government Agencies out of a Regional Coordinating Council meeting. Mr. Yakubu took the strict decision to block the aforementioned group of people because they turned up to a scheduled meeting late. The Upper East Regional Minister went on to suggest that, that was not the first time, a similar decision had been taken to deal with the lack of punctuality on the part of some MDCEs and Heads of Departments.
Mr. Yakubu shared these sentiments when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Monday, January 9, 2023.
“At the national level when the President is having a meeting for the cabinet ministers, if it is 9 o’clock, it is 9 o’clock. All the ministers, all of them would be there. It doesn’t matter; we know how busy they are, you have to be there. You have to stop whatever you are doing and be there. It is the same thing that I want to do in this region also. If we are going to develop this region, if we are going to ensure that people take us seriously as politicians, we have to be disciplined. We [as politicians] already have challenges. People see politicians as people who have just come to steal money and go but that is not what politicians do. Politicians are there to help development. So I expected all my MDCEs to be with me at the time that I asked them to come. It wasn’t only them that I invited.”
“I want to leave a legacy in this region. I want us to do things right. I want us to be serious in building this region. I come from here and sometimes when I go to other regions, my heart bleeds because I see that probably, we are not doing enough. If we have had the opportunity to lead, then we should lead by example. That is why I did that. I am a disciplinarian. I want people to do the right thing. It wasn’t as if I wanted to spite anyone. It wasn’t the first time anyway,” he said.
After the decision, things have begun changing for the better, according to Mr. Yakubu.
“I wasn’t doing this for the media or anything. I can tell you that from that day, things have changed,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana