General News of Monday, 9 February 2015
The Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya-Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani has presented a white smock, which signifies purity, to Mr Julius Debrah, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
Kampakuya-Naa presented the smock to the Minister when he paid a courtesy call on him as part of his week-long working visit to the Northern Region.
The working visit is to ascertain at first hand, information on the operations of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and to interact with the people in the hinterlands, know their problems and find possible and lasting solutions to them.
It is also to advocate and solicit the support of the Regent on the National Sanitation Day (NSD) and the District Assembly Level Elections (DALE).
The said the NSD campaign should be a concern of all citizens since it promotes a clean environment and prevents diseases.
The Regent reminded Ghanaians that president John Dramani Mahama and for that matter the Local Government Ministry was tasking every citizen to promote environmental cleanliness and public health, “This advocacy is also to achieve maximum participation in the exercise”.
He said Government and the Local Government Ministry must work hard to bring back sanitary inspectors known as “Samansama” to control and ensure that sanitary practices were adhered to.
Kampakuya-Naa assured the Minister of his fullest support and participation in the exercise and expressed his appreciation for recognizing the role of traditional authorities in governance.
On the District Assembly Elections, the Regent said the election had become an issue of partisan politics, which most times bring confusion in the confirmation of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.
He said the elections are important to the development of Ghana and called on the electorate to patronize it.
Mr Debrah said the National Democratic Congress under the leadership of President John Dramani Mahama recognized Chiefs and Traditional rulers as development partners.
He said the recognition given to Chiefs as development partners were the reason why the Ministry was advocating that chiefs should facilitate the NSD campaign and not to politicize it, adding that, “an outbreak of diseases doesn’t know politicians”.
Mr Debrah said the district assembly elections, under the Local Government structure was important than any other elections and appealed to the Regent to encourage his subjects to vote people of substance to steer the affairs of the Yendi Municipal Assembly.
He donated four biofil toilets to the community and four boreholes to be constructed at the Regent’s preferred locations, as well as 100 dustbins for the Regent and his elders.
He later inspected an on-going 60-Unit market stores at a cost of GHC900, 000 and two-unit storey for financial services in the Municipality constructed by the Assembly.