The Volta Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, has met with heads of departments in the region and given the assurance that he will operate as a team on the basis of neutrality, without any show of political leaning.
He said the heads should work with their hearts and clear consciences, adding that they would be offered free room to operate and accorded due respect.
The regional minister promised them that he would not be a problem to any of them with the declaration, “Give me your love and I will give you my love.”
He said they should not hesitate in bringing out any challenges they met in the course of their duties because that was the only way the region could be moved forward.
Nii Afotey Agbo said Ghana was their only country and it was the wish of all to develop the region to provide the needs and wants of the people within the shortest possible time.
He, however, reminded them that he would not countenance any form of dereliction of duty, stressing that the moment any of them was assigned, he or she should take the responsibility consciously and deliver conscientiously.
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He appealed to them to close any gap that existed between politicians and technocrats in order to foster the accelerated growth of the region to an appreciable level in good time.
For his part, the Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Francis Ganyaglo, commended the heads for the able manner they handled the departments and said they would be expected to step up that achievement by visiting their subordinates in the districts, in accordance with the principles of the decentralisation process.
“We are political leaders; you are the technocrats and bureaucrats and so we expect you to offer good counsel to enable us to achieve good results,” he stated.
He entreated them to extend basic courtesies and support, the right counsel and information in all their endeavours and pledged to operate with an open-door policy by visiting them in their offices to interact with them.
He assured them that he would acquaint them with the challenges facing the region as frontline officers of departments, agencies and ministries.
The Member of Parliament for Ho Central, Mr Benjamin Kpodo, also assured them that the development of the municipality was his priority, hence the need to explore areas of collaboration with the view to fashioning appropriate interventions to the challenges.
“Let us put our heads together to bring out the ideas for development”, he said.
Present was Ghana’s Ambassador to Benin, Mr Modestus Ahiable, one-time regional minister, who urged the heads to tell the truth to ensure that supervision of projects was effective.