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Regional News of Friday, 10 January 2014

Source: GNA

Bodi youth disrupt activities at district assembly

The Youth of Bodi District Assembly in the Western Region on Monday demonstrated and closed down the assembly alleging various malpractices against the District Chief Executive.

The Youth claimed that Mr. Solomon Faukye, the District Chief Executive had diverted the one-million-cedi seed money government allocated for the construction of offices and bungalows for new districts.

The Ghana News Agency investigation learnt from the Youth that the DCE was not duly appointed by government, but was rather a self-imposed person on the new assembly.

The Youth alleged that the DCE had no regard or respect for the chiefs and people of the area, a situation which has put most of the staffs of the assembly in fear and insecurity.

The affected staff have therefore refused to resume duty even after intervention by the Regional Co-ordinating Council.

The keys to the offices of the Assembly, the GNA was told, were with the Co-ordinating Director.

Mr. Faukye confirmed the closure of the Assembly, but denied the allegations and said, “these are all baseless and unfounded claims.”

On the one-million-cedi saga, he said, “No newly-created Assembly has yet benefited from that package”.

He said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development was yet to award the contract for the construction of offices and bungalows for all the newly-created assemblies.

He said his movement as DCE from Juaboso to Bodi was occasioned by a government directive, and that his confirmation was supervised by the then Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, and a Deputy Director from the Regional Electoral Commission.

The DCE said; “The president has handed to me the instrument of appointment and anybody who cares can go and refer to it.”

Mr. Faukye intimated that throughout his five-year service as District Chief Executive for Juaboso and Bodi, he had had no problem with any chief.

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