The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), a civil society organization, has expressed concern about the absence from the region of the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. James Tiiga.
A press release issued by NORPRA and signed by its President, Mr Bismark Ayorogo Adongo, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, noted that after being nominated by the President and approved by Cabinet, the appointee took over governance of the region from his predecessor, Dr. Avea in July, 2014, and had since left the Region.
?It is recalled that the regional minister took over the governance of the region from the former regional minister Dr. Avea in July, 2014 and without introducing himself to the chiefs and people of the region as always demanded by custom, and providing the needed leadership for an accelerated development of the upper east region, he vanished into thin air for about four months, now leaving the poor region to its fate.?
The statement said the decision of the President to make four Ministerial reshuffles in less than 20 months in the Region was not only inimical to the socio-economic development of the Region, but a clear manifestation of gross abuse of Presidential powers.
The statement said that even though the 1992 Constitution of Ghana enjoined the government to have Deputy Regional Ministers, the current case in the Upper East Region where the Deputy Regional Minister did not have the mandate to function as a Regional Minister, and lead the region?s development in the absence of the substantive minister, provided a good platform for National Debate on the relevance of deputy regional ministerial positions in the country? governance system.
While demanding the President and his government to ensure the presence of the Minister in the region to begin duties , it called on all citizens in the Region to join a planned ?Search Walk? to be embarked in the region on November 14, to demand the where-about of the Regional Minister .
The ?Search Walk,? the statement noted, was also aimed at prompting government to stop frustrating the development agenda of the region, and to ensure that the right choices were made to get leaders with strong commitment and determination to lead the region?s much needed development.