9 Upper West DCEs abandon terrorism meeting; minister outraged

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih(Center), Deputy Regional Minister, Amidu Chinnia (Right).

Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has expressed outrage over the continuous refusal of Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) to attend meetings organized by the region’s highest decision making body, the Coordinating Council.

He said he felt embarrassed by the deviant behavior of the MDCEs in the region warning that he would not take the matter lightly.

”Facilitators for the program travelled all the way from Accra to Wa yet we are not ready for them. This is an embarrassment to the entire region. I am disappointed particularly with the MDCEs.

I am about to give the opening speech and only two out of the eleven are here, not even a single coordinating director is here,” he noted
Present at the meeting called to strategise on security were only two District Chief Executives. The facilitators were personnel from the Ministry of National Security.

Regional Minister’s Meeting with Delegates

The meeting was occasioned by recent clampdown on suspected terrorists’ believed to be from the fold of gendarmerie and coalition forces in Burkina Faso.
It is reported that one of the suspected terrorists have crossed into Ghana, using communities that are along the Burkina Faso- Ghana border to possibly continue with their despicable activities which will have security implications for the country.
A visible angered Dr. Bin Salih said he would not take the issue lightly. ”I am standing here as an embarrassed political leader.

I will urge my brothers who are coming from the National Security to report the conduct of our appointees to the president. That is their behavior and I am not going to take this issue lightly,” he added
The two District Chief Executives at the meeting were Karim Nonyuo and Moro Sanda Nadi of Sissaala East and Daffiama- Bussie-Issa districts respectively.

By: Rafiq Salam

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