General News of Sunday, 26 February 2017
Rockson Ayine Bukari has announced his resolution to strictly demand loyalty and positive work ethics and attitude from all people of the Upper East Region, especially public office holders, as he takes over the administration of the Regional Coordinating Council.
The one-time Municipal Chief Executive for Bolgatanga, received a stimulating welcome into the region by elders, supporters, sympathisers and executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Wednesday February 22, 2017, as the Regional Minister.
Addressing a cheering gathering at the forecourt of his official residence in Bolgatanga, Mr. Bukari said: “As already admonished by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, we need drastic changes in attitudes and practices as citizens to be able to realise the desired conditions for ourselves and our people. Discipline must permeate all sectors of our national life, and define a suitable code of conduct for us, as a people.”
According to him, the period of party campaigns must end, so as to get everybody on board to work towards uniting Ghanaians, and for that matter, the people of the region, to tackle real challenges such as illiteracy, poverty, deprivation, diseases and unemployment.
He said these challenges do not have party colouration, and, therefore, it is only natural and fair that the people leave all forms of divisiveness and rally round the government to prosecute its manifesto promises.
Mr. Bukari disclosed his immediate plan to hold a series of interactive encounters with identifiable stakeholders in the region, to learn at first hand, their plans and programmes, and also solicit support for the implementation of the manifesto of the government. He will also use the encounters to discuss further details about priority areas of his administration, and at large, the government’s.
He paid glowing tributes all his predecessors for their contributions, which have laid a strong foundation on which he will build.
He also recognised the enormous contributions of traditional rulers and the Regional Security Council in keeping the region together, especially during the electiona and through the transition period.
Murtala Mohammed, Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, and his executives, were also commended for leading the party in the region to achieve victory.
Otherwise known as ‘The Action Man’, the Regional Minister pledged to operate an open-door administration, where every good idea or input towards the development of the region will be welcomed.
“I shall be a father, and treat all with dignity and fairness,” he further pledged.
Prior to the address of Mr. Bukari, Regional Chairman Murtala Mohammed requested a minute’s silence for the late Adam Mahama, former Regional Chairman who died in May 2015 from an acid attack.
He assured the Minister that he and his executives will support him to succeed.