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03.03.2005 Regional News

Bawku Municipal Assembly holds workers' durbar

By GNA

Bawku (U/E), March 3, GNA - The Bawku Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Samuel N'Lary, has asked staff of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to refrain from acts that tend to politicise or breed ethnic sentiments and discrimination in the discharge of their duties.

He said such actions did not only affect the smooth operation of MMDAs, but also cast a slur on the image of staff at the workplace. Mr N'Lary. who said this at a durbar for staff of the Bawku Municipal Assembly (BMA) on Friday, urged them to eschew all negative tendencies to re-commit and apply themselves diligently to their work.

"Politicisation of issues and discrimination on ethnic lines would only thwart our efforts to provide basic and efficient services to the people we intend to serve", he emphasised.

He appealed to them to rid their departments of divisive tendencies for the harmonious operation of the Assembly and for the development of the municipality.

The Coordinating Director complained about staff not being punctual at work, adding: "Even those who come are apathetic to the work they are being paid to do".

He also bemoaned the misuse of the Assembly's vehicles during and outside official hours and cautioned tractor drivers against the use the Assembly's tractors to undertake private jobs.

Mr N'Lary said strict measures were being implemented and warned that offenders would be dealt with to deter others.

He disclosed that appraisal and promotion of staff had been decentralized at the grassroots level and said only dedicated and hardworking staff would be promoted.

Mr N'Lary gave the assurance that the Assembly was working out a scheme to arrest the housing and transportation difficulties confronting most of its staff.

He said as part of the Assembly's efforts to encourage efficiency, it had procured motor bikes to give out to workers as incentive packages and asked them to be patient since all deserving staff would benefit.

The workers attributed their inability to report to work punctually to the long distances some of them had to travel, even though they did not have their own means of transport.

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