From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Dormaa
The Bono Regional Minister, Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, has observed that the influx of illegal migrants is a major contributor to the recent spate of armed robberies, kidnappings, prostitution, and other social vices in most parts of the country.
She has, therefore, called on landlords and community members not to hesitate in reporting people suspected of engaging in unlawful activities to the appropriate security agents for the necessary action to be taken.
Mrs. Kumi-Richardson was addressing assembly members, heads of departments and some public and civil servants at Dormaa Ahenkro on the first day of her four-day familiarisation tour of all the 12 municipalities and districts in the region.
The Minister would be interacting with staff of decentralised institutions, chiefs and community members, as well as inspect and commission some projects.
The Minister tasked the Dormaa Central Municipal Security Committee to step up efforts at controlling cross-border crimes, illegal lumbering and galamsey, which are major setbacks to the county’s afforestation drive.
Mrs. Kumi-Richardson said it was the duty of every citizen to protect the environment, which includes the forest cover, and called on chain-saw operators to desist from their activities.
She commended the Municipal Assembly for making judicious use of its share of the District Assembly Common Fund and other financial allocations.
Mrs Kumi Richardson was glad the assembly had utilised those funds to execute numerous development projects in the area.
Accompanied by her deputy, Mr. Siaka Stevens, and other dignitaries, Mrs Kumi Richardson later inspected progress of work on a multi-purpose youth development center, which is expected to be completed in August this year, and a 1,000 tonnes capacity warehouse, which is 85% complete.
At the Dormaa Traditional Council, Mrs. Kumi Richardson appealed to the people of Dormaa and its environs to help the government in the fight against illegal mining.
She called on nananom to help in the dissemination of information on government projects and issues, as part of the decentralisation of governance in the country.
On security, the Regional Minister called on the security agencies, especially the Immigration Service, to step up efforts at securing our borders.
She also called on the public to collaborate with the security agencies in fighting for peace and stability in the region.
The Krontihene for the Dormaa Traditional Council, Barima Ansu Agyei, who spoke on behalf of Osagyefo Oseadeɛyo Agyemang Badu II, Paramount Chief of Dormaa, appealed to the Minister to come to the aid of the people of Dormaa, Wamfie, Nkrankwanta and other communities to enhance quality delivery of services in the health and education sectors.
At Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West District, the Minister inaugurated the newly-built residential accommodation for the District Co-ordinator and 12 other senior staff of the assembly.
Earlier, at durbar held in her honour, Mrs. Kumi-Richardson assured the chief and people of Nkrankwanta that the deplorable nature of the roads in the area would receive the needed attention by the government in due course.