From William N-lanjerborr Jalulah, Bolgatanga
THE UPPER East Regional Minister, Mr. Mark Woyongo, on Friday, started a two-week leave with a categorical statement that he had not been sacked, as was being rumoured in some parts of the region.
At a short ceremony to hand over to the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba, who is to act in his absence, Mr. Woyongo said some people were now describing him as the outgoing Minister, apparently to mean that he had been sacked, but that was not the case.
Mr. Woyongo, whose leave covers a period of two weeks, thanked all heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies for the support they gave him and the Regional Coordinating Council in the run-up to Upper East@50celebrations, and encouraged them to extend the same support and cooperation to Mr. Mabengba, in order to ensure that work continued without any hindrance.
He, however, expressed his displeasure about the apathy towards the lectures organised during the Region’s Golden Jubilee Celebration, which saw President Mills as the Special Guest of Honour during the climax.
Mr. Woyongo observed that most of the lectures were poorly patronised, and therefore, appealed to heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies to always take advantage of such lectures, to learn and enrich themselves, for the betterment of the region.
He reminded the heads of an investment forum scheduled for next week in Tamale, and urged them to attend it to learn from it, so as to showcase investment opportunities that abound in the Upper East Region.
Mr. Mabengba congratulated his colleague minister for his sterling leadership style, and stated that he was not taking over to reinvent the wheel, but to work with the Chief Director and his lieutenants to continue from where Mr. Woyongo left off.