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Government urged to set up advisory councils for MMDAs

By
Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA

Koforidua, July 6, GNA – Mr Charles Kwasi
Narh, a former Member of Parliament for Krobo, has called on government to
establish advisory boards for all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies to ensure a prudent and an effective approach to development.

He said the five-member advisory council,
whose function could be similar to that of the council of state, for all the
MMDAs would go a long way to facilitate qualitative development and help solve
the developmental needs of the people.

Mr Narh, also the founder of the Asesewa
Senior High School, called on government to institute a special farmer’s day
for senior citizens who after their retirement from active service continue to
contribute to national development by farming.

He said by doing this “senior citizens would
be recognized and their experience and expertise would be tapped for national
development”.

Mr Narh said this during a lunch held for
about 200 senior citizens drawn from all the 26 MDAs in the Eastern Region as
part of the 57th republic day anniversary celebration.

Warrant Officer (W.O) Evans Abankwah (rtd)
said in order to win the fight against illegal mining (galamsey), government
must engage all chiefs especially those whose areas were devastated by the
mining activities.

He said the destruction of the Birim River was
a concern as it has become polluted and urged government to intensify the fight
against the menace to save lives and the environment.

A member of the council of state representing
the Eastern Region, Nana Somuah Mireku Nyampong, reacting to the galamsey
issue, said the fight against galamsey was in full swing and cautioned people
not to take the move by government for granted because the laws would be made
to deal with persons found to be flouting the order.

He said along the Birim and Pra Rivers, about
3,000 chanfan machines put under the water overnight have been identified and
called on all to support government fight the concern.

Mr Samuel Kwakye Dafuor, the Regional
Minister, said apart from the destruction to water bodies and farmlands, other
poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, cyanide and manganese were released to the
water bodies and because they were in small quantities people would feel the
effect later in their lives.

He called on the public to support government
eliminate this illegal activity.

GNA

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