Council of State engages key stakeholders on development challenges

Members of the Council of State have engaged key stakeholders in the western region to better appreciate their challenges and explore opportunities for national development.

The tour, which will be extended to other regions, is to help in addressing issues at the decentralised level in the regions.

The Council of State is mandated by the constitution to counsel the President in performance of his duties.

To effectively undertake this mandate members of the council led by its Chairman, Nana Otuo Siribour are touring the sixteen regions of the country to learn at first hand some of the developmental challenges facing them and advise the President on rolling out developments.

While in the Western Region, the delegation, led by its Chairman, Nana Otuo Siriboe visited the T3 Thermal plant site at Aboadze, the GNPC operational headquarters site in Takoradi and the gas processing plant site at Atuabo.

Members of the Council of State also visited a galamsey site at Teleku-Bokazo in the Ellembelle District.

They also interacted with members of the Regional Coordinating Council, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives.

At a meeting with traditional rulers of the area, the inability of the Western Regional House of Chiefs to elect a President and representatives to the National House of Chiefs due to a protracted court case came to the fore.

The Western Regional Representative on the Council of State,  Mrs. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asuma Hinneh promised to intervene for an out of court settlement of the matter.

The Western Regional Minister, Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, informed the delegation that the region is embarking on a number of development programmes which are all at various stages of completion. He said the region is still confronted with the menace of illegal mining.

The Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siribour said their visit to the region has exposed the reality on the ground and they are in a better position to advise the government.

Last month, the council held a meeting with stakeholders over the steady rise in the prices of goods and services in the country with the view to helping find a solution to the issue.

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