The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Julius Debrah, has urged politicians and public servants to work hard to achieve the government’s goal of attaining a better Ghana for all.
He said they must work to create the conducive environment needed to make a positive impact on the lives of the people within the shortest possible time.
He made the call during a meeting of the Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinating Council in Accra on Tuesday.
It deliberated on important issues facing the region and the implementation of programmed activities of the council from January to December 2013.
According to Mr Debrah, peace and security was the number one pre-condition for societal development, and as major stakeholders in the region he urged them to have a collective responsibility to ensure that there was absolute peace in the region.
He stressed that as a government, they would continue to give the security agencies the needed logistical support to enable them to discharge their duties responsibly.
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However, he said they needed to explore other avenues such as public-private partnership.
This, he said, was one of the surest ways by which they could provide the needed services to the citizenry.
Mr Julius Debrah appealed to the various assemblies to marshall available resources to generate enough funds themselves in order to be financially independent.
He added that the Regional Planning Co-ordinating Unit would soon be visiting various assemblies to monitor the level of implementation in relation to the house numbering and street naming exercise which was under the urban policy/agenda.
He said one nagging challenge confronting them as a region was the problem of waste and sanitation management.
He, therefore, urged MMDAs to put in place appropriate measures to clear choked gutters to ensure free flow of run-off water to avoid floods during the rainy season, and also have a long term solution to solid waste disposal. Thus they should be thinking of how to put up modern dumping sites to stop the old practice of burning waste in open spaces.
“Development of human capital is the greatest asset of every nation, it is, therefore, important that we develop the people so that they do not become a liability to the nation,” he stated.
He appealed to district assemblies to sponsor their staff to go for relevant training programmess and refresher courses to enhance their performance.
According to him, MMDAs should place special emphasis on building capacities of their staff as well as create employment opportunities for the unemployed youth since the formal sector alone could not absorb the unemployed youth.
He encouraged all MMDAs to invest in the recycling or separation of waste materials as the general collection processes for job creation.