Upper East Regional Minister Gets Low Rating


Upper East Regional Minister, James Zuugah Tiigah



DAILY GUIDE has received information from some sources close to government that the New Year (2016) may see a new minister for the Upper East Region.

Some names are flying around and one of them is likely to replace James Zuugah Tiigah, whose performance, it has been noted, falls short of expectation.

If this really happens, then Mr Zuugah Tiigah will join a list of Upper East Regional Ministers who never served beyond two years. Before that possibly happens, DAILY GUIDE conducted a vox pop on some streets of Bolgatanga, as to what they would remember about Mr Tiigah.

Unlike Dr Ephraim Avea Nsoh, who many remember for his attempt at mobilizing technocrats to put up a “development plan” to guide the development of the region and the formation of a “village savings scheme” in Bongo, Mr Tiigah could not readily be associated by the people with any significant development initiative, except what they described as “needless decoration of some pavements with Christmas trees and ribbons” and also his active participation in the Bolgatanga edition of the National Sanitation exercise.

For Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru the former regional minister, many of the residents remember him for his “time consciousness”. “His 8am was 8am,” a resident recalled.

From 2012 to December 31, 2015, the Upper East Region has had three ministers. Alhaji Limuna’s transfer to the Northern Region was greeted with tears by many residents. He was nicknamed, “Time Conscious” and “Talk Na Do,” for very obvious reasons.


When Dr. Avea was strangely sacked from office, there were a number of demonstrations and agitations in Bolgatanga and Bongo. If the response from the interviewees is anything to go by, then if Mr James Zuugah Tiigah is really sacked, nothing significant will happen.

When Mr Tiigah was mentioned as the new regional minister to replace Dr Avea, there was jubilation from some quarters of the region. He arrived in July 2014 and was received by a large group of National Democratic Congress (NDC) faithful, including the regional chairman, Alhaji Bolnaba.

The regional minister promised to operate an open-door administration to allow people with good developmental ideas to come and share them. It was at that same welcoming ceremony that Alhaji Bolnaba gave a speech which became a sound bite for radio stations and also a mobile telephone ringing tone across the country. Very little was heard from or about the minister until the Chronicle newspaper did a story with the headline, “Minister Goes Missing.”

Today, it’s just party bigwigs, a handful of people and very few privileged journalists that can get access to his office for discussions interviews. Some journalists in Bolgatanga say Mr Tiigah had been very snobbish, especially those who call his line to cross-check information.

Considering this development, the residents claim they do not hear about him and his “achievements” and therefore will not remember him for doing anything.

From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga


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