24 B/A DCEs sworn into office
Twenty four out of the 27 Municipal and District Chief Executives nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the Brong Ahafo Region have been sworn into office following their confirmation by their various Assemblies.
The nominees, including six females were sworn in by the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh in Sunyani. The remaining three DCEs awaiting induction, subject to confirmation are nominees for Berekum, Sunyani-West, and Sene-East. The three failed the initial confirmation test and they hope to cross the hurdle in the second attempt.
The Regional Minister, Mr. Cheremeh congratulated the 24 for their appointment and advised the DCEs to see the appointment as a privilege to represent the President and the government at the local level and therefore they must strive to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure achievement of the government’s visions.
He said the high level of confidence and trust reposed in them by the President and their communities should not be taken for granted, but must spur them on to make efforts to achieve excellence to the admiration of all.
“You are coming into office at the time when the Assemblies are confronted with multifaceted challenges including low revenue generation, poor sanitation management, high rate of unemployment, lack of infrastructural development and infamous public corruption tag on government appointees. There is huge expectation by the public for you to perform magic in addressing these challenges.
“You are expected to tactful, interactive, good communicators, hardworking and transparent in all your dealings. Since you personify the central government at the grassroots, you must live above reproach as your actions are likely to be viewed by the people as coming from the centre,” the Minister stated.
Mr. Cheremeh further pointed out that with the adoption of right management and leadership skills, they should be able to carry the people along in the administration of the districts by understanding the peculiar opportunities and challenges to make their localities economic hubs. He charged them to lend their full support to all government’s economic strategies.
He advised the DCEs to be mindful of all the laws and regulations guiding judicious use of public resources, especially strict adherence to the Public Procurement Act, Act 663 of 2003 and the amended Act, Act 914 of 2016 as well as the local Governance Act, Act 936 of 2016.
On behalf of the 24 DCEs, Yaw Osei Boahen, Asunafo-North MCE thanked the President for the opportunity to serve his government. He said they will work very hard to stimulate development at the various localities. “This opportunity is just not vacancies to be filled but rather a work to be done.”