I will employ the practical use of ICT as a tool to improve development in Bono East- Regional Minister
Techiman (BE/R) March, 24-GNA- Mr. Kwesi Adu Gyan Bono East Regional Minister, has stressed he was poised to explore and adapt the practical use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool to improve the quality and efficiency of services in the region.
Mr. Gyan pointed out that this would improve things and bring transparency, accountability, and efficiency in the revenue collection efforts of the Assemblies in line with the district performance assessment tool minimum conditions, we must brace ourselves for change, a positive change. You should evolve new working ethics, new attitudes which identify one’s work with his or her life and you should take initiatives at least within permissible bounds”, he added.
He pointed out that the Region would move at a faster pace in its development agenda when there are strategies to improve revenue mobilization of the Assemblies, harness the rich tourism potentials, promote security, protect the environment and ensure wise use of resources.
Mr Gyan was speaking at the maiden meeting with heads of departments and some section of the general public during his assumption of office on Monday at Techiman, the Bono East Regional capital.
Mr Gyan assured commitment to discharge his duties with circumspection to build on the foundation already laid to ensure the rapid development of the region and the country at large.
“I have assumed my new position with the purest of intentions and it is my firm conviction that we can grow the Bono East region to make it more prosperous and improve the quality of life of the people we serve”, he pointed out.
The Minister further elaborated that there is the need for stakeholders to develop the Region where everyone has access to education, training, productive employment, and necessities of life including good health care, water, and sanitation in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others.
He was hopeful that this could happen since the Region is made of smart, committed, and hardworking people with blessed abundant natural resources and human capital.
The Minister encouraged the people to strive hard to be the breadbasket of the nation with government’s flagship programs such as Planting for Food and Jobs, one District one factory among others by providing raw materials to feed the existing companies in the region and other areas, starting that this would again create more jobs opportunities for the youth, increase the standard of living of people and completely stop the movement of people in search of greener pastures.
He further called on stakeholders such as the Traditional Authority, Assembly members, heads of Department, the Clergy, investors, Farmers, opinion leaders to be part of the developmental agenda of the region.
Mr. Kokro Amankwah, General Secretary to the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) urged the Minister to strengthen the institutions to focus much on Local Economic Development (LED) since there were indicators that the region has the potential to enhance the local economy and improve the quality of life for people particularly the Youth and Women.
He called on the Regional Minister and his team to develop the tourism industry in the area to increase revenue in the Municipal and District Assemblies to increase the district Assembly common fund.