Mrs Evelyn Kumi Ama Richardson, Bono Regional Minister, has paid courtesy calls on chiefs in Dormaa Central, Dormaa West and Dormaa East to introduce herself.
The familiarization tour was also to acquaint herself with the operations of the various assemblies in the region, as well as to fraternize with the MMDCEs to know their challenges and aspirations and the way forward in solving them.
At Dormaa traditional council the Kurontihene, Barimah Agyei Ansu, expressed appreciation for the Minister’s appointment and appealed for her assistance in the provision of infrastructure and other resources for the University of Energy and Natural Resources campus at Dormaa Ahenkro.
The Regional Minister later met departmental heads and assembly members at the Dormaa Central Municipal Assembly to gain first-hand information on their challenges and constraints.
Mr Iddrisah Quatarra, Municipal Chief Executive for Dormaa in an address disclosed that the Assembly had targeted to distribute 80,000 cashew seedlings to farmers to boost cashew production.
He mentioned deplorable roads, lack of school facilities and others as challenges confronting the Assembly.
Mr Siaka Stevens, Deputy Regional Minister, commended the Assembly for their cooperation and urged the Members to work harder towards the development of the Municipality.
Mrs Richardson urged the directors of the various departments to co operate with her office for the accelerated development of the region and the country as a whole.
There is the need for attitudinal change in order to address institutional problems, she added and called for a halt in illegal lumbering activities in the area to preserve the forests.
The Regional Minister expressed dismay over the practice by some Assembly Members “who sell motorbikes given to them by government to facilitate their activities” and called on the civil society to collaborate with her to deliver on her core mandate.
She later inspected some ongoing projects in the Municipality including a sports complex, one district one ware house, which was almost 85% completed and a six unit classroom block.
Mrs Richardson also met the Nkrankwanta traditional council where the Paramount Chief Nana Baffour Agyei Achiaw Akombi II appealed for the rehabilitation of the deplorable roads in the area and the establishment of the district assembly block.
She commissioned a new market and a bungalow built for the DCE and other officials of the Assembly.
The Regional Minister ended her tour with a visit to Wamfie in Dormaa East district. She was accompanied on her tour by MMDCEs and some executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party.