The Bono Regional Minister, Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, has presented 1,191 motorbikes to all the Municipal and District assemblies in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
The motorbikes were received on 8th April, 2019, but the referendum on the creation of new regions delayed their distribution.
At a short ceremony to hand over the bikes to the Municipal and District Chief Executives, Mrs Kumi Richardson said the policy to acquire motorbikes for assembly members was part of the local government measures to assist them reach out to their electorate.
According to her, “The government’s aim is to source information from the assembly members to the assemblies to deliberate on their challenges to be incorporated into the Medium Term Development Plans (MTDPs) of the assemblies,” and added, “The President bought into this idea to provide assembly members with a means of transport.”
Mrs Kumi Richardson said the President was focused on bringing development closer to the people, for which reason six new regions have been created to achieve the purpose.
She noted that the motorbikes were not ex-gratia for the assembly members, as was being rumoured, rather they were for development purposes.
Mrs Kumi Richardson appealed to the assembly members to use the bikes for the intended purposes and accelerate development in their areas.
She cautioned that punitive actions would be taken against assembly members who sell the motorbikes.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Berekum West in the Bono Region, Mr Isaac Osei, commended the Local Government Ministry for procuring the motorbikes for the assembly members.
According to him, the bikes would enhance the work of the assembly members, especially when it comes to reaching very remote places in their electoral areas, and urged the beneficiaries to maintain the bikes.