President John Dramani Mahama’s nominee for District Chief Executive for the Akatsi North District, Mr James Gun, has been overwhelmingly approved by all the 20 assembly members voting at the Akatsi North District Assembly.
The new district, with capital at Ave-Dakpa, was carved out of the Akatsi District Assembly and was among the five newly created district assemblies in the Volta Region in furtherance of the decentralisation process.
Addressing the function, the Volta Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, announced that all efforts would be made by the government to put into effect the provisions of the Local Government Act, which entails the training and strengthening of human capital of district assemblies to enable them to cope with the onerous responsibilities that will be handed down to them from the top.
He said the necessary financial and material resources to district assemblies under the fiscal decentralisation and in the devolution of power and authority to local authorities also required that assembly members placed themselves in the position to be able to carefully monitor the judicious and effective use of all available resources for the achievement of planned programmes, goals and targets.
The regional minister also said environmental sanitation was a critical area as well as revenue mobilisation and, therefore, the need to block the numerous holes that lead to low revenue generation.
He urged assembly members and officials to appreciate their challenges and forge a formidable team to handle the task of effective planning and efficient execution and implementation of programmes, projects and activities needed to bring the desired development to the people.
Nii Afotey Agbo reminded the new DCE that he was appointed to serve the people and not to lord it over them and that he should not forget to live on the advice of the president to be humble, transparent and God fearing.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Gunu called for commitment and co-operation in order to lay a firm foundation for the new district.
He said a good vision would be anchored for the promotion of quality education, rapid infrastructure development, quality health delivery, social justice, agriculture and eco-tourism.
“No time to wait; that is why we must run but not rush so that we can do it very well once and for all,” he declared.
Mr Gunu expressed his gratitude to President Mahama for the confidence reposed in him and for granting him the opportunity to serve his people.
Story: Tim Dzaboe
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