Ministry of Local Government and World Bank SOCO Project Delegation Meets with Upper West Regional Minister

In a significant engagement, officials from the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization, and Rural Development (MLGDRD) and the World Bank SOCO Project paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, in his office. The purpose of the visit was to fulfill their mandate of monitoring ongoing projects in the region.

Led by Mr. George Aidoo from the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization, and Rural Development, and Mr. Asnutosh Raina representing the World Bank, the delegation is currently in the region overseeing the progress of 122 ongoing subprojects across 11 districts benefiting from the Soco initiative.

During the visit, Mr. George Aidoo expressed gratitude to the Regional Minister for providing land for the project office building. He highlighted the significance of this gesture in contributing to the successful implementation of projects at both the community and district levels.

In response, the Regional Minister extended a warm welcome to the delegation, expressing optimism about the successful execution of the projects. He emphasized the importance of ensuring value for money, recognizing the rarity of such opportunities. The Regional Minister assured that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and local assemblies would diligently fulfill monitoring responsibilities, placing confidence in the competence of the zonal coordinator and the entire project team.

As the visit concluded, both parties affirmed their commitment to collaborative efforts in fostering sustainable development and positive outcomes for the communities involved in the World Bank SOCO Projects in the Upper West Region. This meeting stands as a testament to the dedication of all stakeholders towards ensuring the success and impact of these vital projects in the region.

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Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana pays a courtesy call on the Upper West Regional Minister

Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana pays a courtesy call on the Upper West Regional Minister
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, H. E Vice Admiral Ibok-Ekwe Ibas (Rtd) called on the Upper West Regional Minister Dr Hafiz Bin Salih in his office to discuss matters that are purposed to strengthening the relationship between Nigerians living in the Upper West Region and the Regional Coordinating Council and to also offer him the opportunity to interact with the Nigerians living in the region.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih in welcoming the High Commissioner, expressed his happiness about the visit of the High Commissioner most especially being the first time a Nigerian High Commissioner has visited the Region since his appointment. He said that the Upper West Region has a good number of Nigerian citizens, some students, and others traders doing businesses in the region. He added that the Nigerians are well integrated into the Upper West Region to the extent that some are married to the people of Upper West Region. He added that, the Nigerians living in the region are well behaved people and do not have issues with the people of Upper West and the security agencies.
He added that, the Upper West Region is one of the most peaceful regions in Ghana and that the region was very peaceful and safe. He noted that, the only threat was the recent terrorists attacks in the neighborhood countries Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast and that, security measures have been kept in place to protect the people of the Region from any terrorist attack.
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Green Ghana Day in the Upper West Region

Green Ghana Day in the Upper West Region in fulfilment of the nationwide drive to plant 20 million trees. The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih together with the Regional Security Council and some heads of departments planted seedlings along the Wa Model School street and the Wa plantation behind GRA office.
Let’s Go Green!
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Training Workshop on Public Procurement and Contract Management for Procurement Officers, MMDCEs and MMDCDs in the Upper West Region.

Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin opened and participated in a training Workshop on Public Procurement and Contract Management for Procurement Officers, MMDCEs and MMDCDs in the Upper West Region.
Procurement entities are required to ensure fairness, transparency and non-discrimination in the Public Procurement as well as effective contract management in order to promote competitiveness and confidence of all stakeholders. However, many state agencies face various bottlenecks in the implementation of the public Procurement Law 2003(Act 663 and Amended in Act 914), regulations and guidelines.
As a stop-gap measure, the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program organized a two day training Workshop on Public Procurement and Contract Management for officers in the Upper West Region to help enhance their knowledge and expose them to emerging issues in Public Procurement and Contract Management.
 
The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih while opening the workshop on Thursday morning, appealed to practitioners especially Municipal and District Chiefs Executives to strictly adhere to the Public Procurement Act.
He noted that, he will not hesitate to offer up any appointee or officer under his jurisdiction found guilty of such accusations for prosecution.
According to the Minister, various projects were in the pipeline in the course of the 2022 fiscal year and beyond.
He added that as practitioners who will be in charge of the procurement and administration of these contracts, all officers should demonstrate professionalism and ensure that there is value for money.
Dr Bin Salih pledged the continuous support of the Regional Coordinating Council in organizing such capacity building sessions and continuous professional development courses for officers in the service to build their capacity.