The Western Regional Coordinating Council in a short ceremony on Monday, March 15 ushered into office the Honorable Regional Minister, Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah. This comes soon after he took his turn to answer questions before the Appointments Committee of Ghana’s parliament. He received a unanimous approval from the panel and was among other regional minister nominees, subsequently sworn into office on Friday, 12th March by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.
In his opening address, Chief Director Mr. Frederick Agyeman opined, that in Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko- Mensah, the region has someone who does not only believe in its prospects, but also knows and understands it.
“…as a regional coordinating council, we are delighted and we appreciate the fact that Hon. Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko- Mensah has been re-nominated and approved for our region,” he added.
Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah was elated to be back to continue the work he began about two years ago after assuming office. He was grateful to the staff of the Coordinating Council for the incessant support he enjoyed which contributed immensely to being adjudged the 2nd best performing Regional Minister in the governments first time.
“When I was coming to the Western Region again, the president has given us additional mandate to work on. One specifically I am very interested (in) was that we should go and make sure that the economic development of our regions are captured properly in the coming term,” he said.
He emphasized that the achievement of Economic development will hinge largely on the security and peace of the region.
He intimated that, the issue of illegal mining has now been put firmly at his doorsteps. He therefore charged the Regional Security Council to be more engaged on that issue, going forward.
He reechoed that he would continue pursuing the government’s agenda of Ghana beyond aid in the region via 3 pillars; Entrepreneurial Governance of the region, Enterprise Western Region and Mainstreaming the youth through the sustainable development goals.
He used the opportunity to encourage staff of the RCC to continue to do their work such that private enterprises will thrive, as it is a sure way to develop the region.
In attendance at the short ceremony at the forecourt of the Regional Coordinating Council were members of the council of state, MMDCES, Members of the Regional Security Council and members of staff at the RCC.