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30.07.2009 Politics

Suhum DCE threatens to dismiss lazy workers

By Isaac Akweetey, Suhum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Suhum Kraboa Coaltar Assembly in the Eastern Region, Mr. Samuel Fleischer Kwabi, has declared his intention to dismiss any lazy or self-seeking staff of the Assembly, to pave the way for hardworking individuals to ensure accelerated development of the area.

“This Assembly can boast of very fine, hardworking ladies and gentlemen, but equally has lazy or self-seeking ones, who if care is not taken, would drag the wheel of progress back,” he explained.

According to him, “such individuals would be given every opportunity to acquit themselves creditably, however, if they cannot mend their old ways, then we shall not hesitate to ask them to make way for those who are ready to work.”

He made the declaration at a one-day workshop on proper land planning and physical development of the district, which was organised by the Assembly in Suhum last Tuesday.

Speaking at the workshop, which was mostly attended by assembly members of the area, traditional rulers and inhabitants, the slow speaking DCE also warned assembly members and staff to refrain from given permits to individuals and developers for putting up illegal structures.

He further cautioned the Town and Country Planning Department against delays in the processing of applications for the issuance of building permits, adding that any officer, who, without justifiable reason, causes delays in the processing of development applications, would be punished.

He reiterated that the power of the authority to issue permits for the erection of any physical structures was vested in the Assembly's Statutory Planning Committee, and that the issuance of permits by anyone else, amounted to a criminal offence, which attracts serious punishment.

“No assembly member, or official, has the right to grant permission for a kiosk, container or any structure to be located anywhere in the district,” he stated.

He launched a passionate appeal to the staff, assembly members and residents of the area, to put their shoulders to the wheel, and work hard to improve on the image of the towns and villages, instead of inundating them with illegal structures, which debase their beauty and status.

On issues of clean environment and good sanitation practices, Mr. Kwabi explained that it would be prudent, when residents take the destiny of ensuring clean environment into their hands, without waiting for government or any politician to ask them to do so before doing it, since a first impression leaves much to be desired in the mind of a first time visitor.

According to him, solid waste was fast becoming an essential commodity in some parts of the world, to the extent that they even attract buyers, whilst on the contrary, “we spend nearly half of our hard earned revenue on waste collection and disposal.”

“I am yearning for the time when waste contractors would rather pay part of their profits to the assembly towards development,” he said.

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