For its prize the Council received a laptop and desktop computers each, a printer, two uninterrupted Power Supply Electrical Device (UPS) and two laptop bags.

It had in addition won a slot for two persons to embark on a study tour in South Africa, a plaque and citation, which read in part: “This is in recognition of the discharge of your mandate by providing technical assistance to the various MMDAs (Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies).”

The award was for the effective service delivery, successful implementation of the 2015 action plan, security and the promotion of the region’s development as well as inspiring leadership

The Regional Minister who made this known during his first council meeting with the MMDAs and Heads of Department in Cape Coast said Gomoa East placed 10th in the Assemblies performance contract category.

He said although the achievement was an honour to the Council, it poses serious challenge on the Council to perform better and therefore all key stakeholders in the region’s development must aspire for greater achievements.

The Regional Minister explained that the Local Government in recent years instituted a number of measures aimed at improving service delivery in the local governance system.

Key among them was the signing of performance contracts between regional ministers and their chief directors as well as the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Coordinating Directors for their creditable performance.

Mr Ricketts-Hagan noted that the region has been performing creditably well in respect to the Functional Organisational Assessment Tool (FOAT) exercise, scoring 100 per cent since the FOAT’s inception in 2013.

On peace, he said the region is relatively peaceful and commended the hard work of the security agencies and traditional authorities for their roles in ensuring peace.

“I wish to entreat everyone especially our traditional authorities to hammer home the message of peace to their subjects, let us find a way to constantly remind all especially the youth to avoid any tendencies that can throw this country off balance,” he said.

He said chieftaincy and land disputes continue to be a matter of concern in the region, and lauded the Regional House of Chiefs for making efforts to resolve some of them.

Mr Ricketts-Hagan expressed unhappiness about the spade of sand winning along the coast and appealed to the MMDAs on the coastal belt to liaise with the police to bring the situation under control.

He said pockets of illegal mining in the region continued to degrade the ecosystem, pollute water bodies and posed a security threat and called on chiefs to collaborate to deal with the phenomenon.

On roads, Mr Ricketts-Hagan said the Accra-Takoradi Highway would be made a dual-carriage way view of the heavy traffic on it.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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