Wungu (N/R), March 5, GNA – Mr Akwasi Opong-Fosu, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has appealed to Assemblies to work more closely with traditional authorities to facilitate development in their areas.
He said before the creation of the MMDAs traditional authorities were the major developers at the local level and still played positive roles in the governance of local politics hence the need for the Assemblies to liaise with them.
Mr Opong-Fosu said this in Wungu in the West Mamprusi District on Tuesday when he interacted with the Wungu Naa, Alhaji Sulemana Saaka as part his three-day official visit to the Northern Region.
The Minister had earlier paid courtesy calls on the Yagbonwura Tuntumba Bore Essa I at Damango in the West Gonja District where he also inaugurated a sick bay at the Saint Anne’s Senior High School and a three-unit classroom block at the Damango Health Assistant Training School.
At the West Mamprusi District Assembly, the Minister addressed a gathering of local Government staff where he urged them to be ethical, professional and abide by the code of conduct of the public service to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
Mr Adam Yussif, West Mamprusi District Chief Executive, said the district was facing difficulties in raising Internally Generated Funds to spearhead its development agenda stressing that despite the challenges, it had increased its IGF from GHâ‚µ90,345.65 in 2012 to GHâ‚µ136,075.60 in 2013.
He said the District was one of the least covered in electrification as only 16 per cent of the communities in the District were connected to the national grid and urged the Ministry to intervene in order to extend it to more communities.
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