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Dr. Bin Salih appointed as Upper East Regional Minister to help manage Bawku crisis – UERCC

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It has come to light that one of the major reasons Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, former Upper West Regional Minister, was transferred to the Upper East Region was so he could help manage the Bawku conflict.

When the Chief Director of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Abubakar Inusah, spoke to A1 Radio’s Mark Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show yesterday, April 23, 2024, he mentioned that it had become necessary to allow someone who had no connection to the feuding factions to lead the process leading to the restoration of peace in Bawku, an area bedeviled with conflict for years on end.

This, Alhaji Inusah insisted, is not an indictment on the work that the former Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, has done under his tenure to ensure peace returns to the area.

“Stephen Yakubu, as we all know, hails from the Bawku area, and the Bawku crisis is a big challenge, especially going into the 2024 elections. And so, to get a very neutral person to come and manage both security and development issues, the transfer is very critical.”

“For me, I have been saying that if not for Hon. Yakubu on the security chair, I don’t know what the situation would have been. He has done a lot,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, former Upper West Regional Minister, has taken over the administration of the Upper East Region.

This is after a letter from the presidency caused his transfer from the Upper West Region and the transfer of the Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu.

Speaking to A1 Radio’s Mark Smith, the Chief Director for the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council stated that Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih had officially assumed office as the Upper East Regional Minister and had begun work.

“Just as Hon. Stephen Yakubu has begun work in the Upper West Region, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has taken over. In fact, we met with Heads of Department. We have met with REGSEC. He will be meeting MMDCEs.”

“We are rolling out a comprehensive itinerary for him to start his work with a tour or courtesy calls on traditional leaders and all key stakeholders,” he said.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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