UWR: My appointment is for a special purpose: you must work hard or face me – Bin Salih to Heads of Departments

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Newly appointed Upper West Regional Minister Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has given the strongest indication yet, that he will not spare any Head of Department in the region who will not work in accordance with the vision of government for the region.

He is therefore impressing upon the urged heads of departments (HODs) to rally behind him in order to effectively implement government’s planned programmes to move the Region out of poverty.

Dr. Bin Salih said his appointment to administer the region on behalf of the ruling government for its remaining two years was for a “special purpose”, adding as such, he has to work hard to justify the confidence the president has in him.

The Regional Minister made the remarks when he addressed heads of departments and agencies in the region last week, following his vetting and subsequent approval.

Dr. Bin-Salih said, he was “extremely delighted and honoured” for the job.

“I believe strongly that my appointment is for a special purpose for, which I have to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in me. I want to thank all of you and crave your indulgence to rally behind me to move the Upper West Region out of poverty. We cannot continue to be regarded as the poorest region in Ghana” he opined.

He said his vision to lift the region out of poverty line was deeply rooted in the President’s agenda of developing Ghana’s economy beyond aid which would not be accomplished without optimum support from technocrats.

Article 36, Clause 5 of the Constitution requires the ruling government to come up with a coordinated programme for economic and social development policies within two years.

In that respect, President Akufo-Addo sketched out his vision to grow Ghana’s economy beyond aid after assuming office in 2017 on the theme: “Agenda for jobs: creating prosperity and equal opportunity for all 2018 – 2021.

The agenda is anchored on five pillars, namely: revitalising the economy, transforming agriculture and industry, revamping economic and social infrastructure, strengthening social protection and inclusion, and reforming delivery system of public services institutions.

Dr. Bin-Salih said to the HODs: “You are no doubt the key implementers of the progrmames and projects to attain this vision” and also urged them to make sure their planned programmes and projects were in sync with policy agenda of the government.

“We need to focus on the pillars outlined above by aligning our own plans and programmes with them in our sphere of work,” he stressed.

“I am therefore calling on you to do that as soon as possible so that we can collectively be moving in the same direction to achieve the set vision”.

He also implored them to show positive attitudes towards work as part of their employment contract agreement, saying: “Any deviation from that will certainly not lead us to the desire state we yearn for our dear nation”.

“Let’s eschew laziness, lateness to work, absenteeism, and corrupt practices in our work places; and with the abundance of resources in this country we can realise the dream of ‘Ghana beyond Aid’”.

Dr. Bin-Salih was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last month in accordance with the Constitution following the re-assignment of Alhaji Alhassan Sulemana.

Source: BestNewsGH.com


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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