Deputy Regional Minister. Upper West, Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku declined comment on the suspension of his immediate boss, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“Well, I don’t want to talk about it. It is an in-house issue and like the President said he is going to do some investigations about it so I won’t want to comment”, he responded to a question on how he sees his new role as acting Regional Minister.
Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan it would be recalled was directed to hand over to his Deputy following claims he was reported to have ordered the release of some party foot soldiers who were arrested by the police for storming the Regional offices of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and assaulting the Regional Coordinator and his support staff.
A letter from the presidency signed by Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin disclosed that the Minister who is said to the complicit in the matter has been suspended and in his place, Amidu Ishaq who is his deputy shall act.
According to the correspondence, the Minister’s suspension is to pave way for investigations into the incident and shall remain suspended until the outcome of investigations.
It, however, appears the region is beginning to gain notoriety leading to the firing of Regional Minister as this is not the first time such an incident has happened.
In 2010, National Democratic Congress youth violent after they stormed the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), snatched and completely burnt a box containing tender documents.
Following that unfortunate incident President John Evans Atta Mills, the regional minister, Mahamud Khalid.
The incident took place when the minister, Mahamud Khalid, and some officials were just about opening the tender box to review the bids of applicants for various contract projects advertised in the newspapers for execution.