Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has urged people living within the newly created districts to eschew all acts of disunity and work for the rapid development of their areas.
He said disagreements over the sitting of the district capitals should not hamper the development of the new districts.
Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah made the call in the North Tongu District of the Volta region, as part of a tour to assess the preparedness of the new districts to start operations after their inauguration today.
He said there was the need to ensure that the objectives of creating the new districts, were achieved for the benefit of the citizenry.
The 42 newly created districts nationwide are to be inaugurated today, bringing the total number of districts to 212.
Following the announcement of the creation of the new districts, there have being pockets of disagreements, especially by the some traditional leaders about the sitting of the new district capitals as we as the inclusion or non-inclusion of particularly communications in certain new districts.
“Let us put aside all differences and support the development of these districts,” the deputy Minister urged.
According to him, the new districts were created for enhanced decentralisation and effective development at the local level, therefore all affected communities should share in that objective.
He assured the new districts of government’s support and urged them to operate effectively and efficiently to improve the lot of the people.
The deputy Minister expressed optimism that the GHc40million seed money provided by the government to help the new districts to get established, would be utilized purposefully, and that more assistance would be provided.
After touring a number of the facilities for the new districts in the Volta region, Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah lauded their preparedness, as well as the collaboration offered by the traditional leaders towards their establishment.
From the North Tongu district, the deputy Minister also visited the Adaklu District and North Akatsi where he called on for the support of all stakeholders to enhance local development.
Togbega Patamia Dzekle VII, President of the Battor Traditional Area, interacting with the deputy Minister, commended the government for its commitment towards improved rural development, and assured the sector Minister of the cooperation of the traditional leaders in the area.