Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister said on Friday that government was mindful that no vacuum was to be created in the district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies.
He said the cancellation of the district assembly election which was scheduled to have been held on March 3 was a momentary setback to the local government system and that government would work with other relevant bodies to address the impasse to forestall the creation of any void.
This was contained in Alhaji Sulemana?s anniversary address to mark Ghana 58th Independence celebrations held in Wa, which was on the theme: ?Achieving transformation through national unity?.
The Regional Minister explained that the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies were the foundation pillars of the local government system and whose existence depended on the district assembly election.
Alhaji Sulemana used the occasion to commend the security agencies? operation in the Region for maintaining the peace and also, defending the sovereign integrity of Ghana.
He urged them to continue to work hard for a collective transformation of Ghana, while commending traditional rulers as well as people in the Region for remaining united and continuously charting a common course despite their ethnic, religious, cultural and political differences.
Alhaji Sulemana however complained about land issues which were becoming security challenges to the people and appealed to the traditional rulers as well as other stakeholders to use time tested norms, customs and traditions as first options to address the challenges.
?Where these measures fail us, we can then turn to the law courts rather than take up arms against one another?, he advised, adding: ?I want to urge all of us to maintain the prevailing peace to ensure that the Region which is the poorest in Ghana develops and catch up with the rest?.
Talking on the theme, Alhaji Sulemana expressed regret that Ghanaians appeared to be wearing political lenses and saw everything along political lines rather than harnessing their energies and resources for the growth and development of Ghana.
He appealed to Ghanaians to eschew unnecessary partisanship and the over flogging of religious, ethnic and other differences, saying: ?achieving transformational development required sacrifice, hard work and a deep sense of national unity devoid of unnecessary partisanship?.
The Regional Minister explained that it was sad that both the print and electronic media were stuffed with issues of differences which sort to divide the people of Ghana rather than portraying commonness, shared values and sense of national unity.
Alhaji Sulemana noted that the transformation that Ghanaians were yearning for would be a mirage if ?we stand divided? and called for the rekindling of the spirit of patriotism and together rebuild Ghana.
In all 1,617 school children drawn from 49 schools and 150 personnel from the security agencies, traditional rulers, representatives of religious organisations, political parties and heads of government departments and agencies participated in the celebration.