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19.02.2009 Politics

New Greater Accra Minister takes over from I.C Quaye

By GNA

Sheikh I. C. Quaye, Former Greater Accra Regional Minister on Thursday said there was the need for the country to put in place transitional mechanisms to ensure that change in government did not result in rancour and acrimony.

“We are witnesses to the beautiful transition that has taken place in America recently. And we are also aware of other bitter experiences in other parts of Africa. It is about time Ghana travel on that road of true democracies where transitions take place without any problems,” he added.

Sheikh Quaye said this when he officially handed over the administration of the region to Nii Armah Ashitey, the new Greater Accra Minister.

He noted that developing Ghana's young democracy called for the placement of institutions to promote it.

Sheikh Quaye noted the maintenance of peace within the region as his remarkable achievement adding, “I would urge you to continue in same spirit so that we can preserve the peaceful atmosphere”.

Nii Armah Ashitey noted that change was always necessary to ensure dynamism as well as promoting new ideas for development.

He said Accra was important in the scheme of the country as it was the “eye of the nation” and called on all to work hard to raise the status of the capital.

Nii Ashitey said the business of decongesting the capital, ridding it of filth and privatization of certain sectors to attract investors and promote good governance would be high on his agenda.

He said the Regional Co-coordinating Council played a key role in the decentralization process and called for discipline on the part of the staff in order to pay their due to the process.

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