The President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Saturday, 6th August 2022, commissioned the newly constructed administration block of the North East Regional Coordinating Council, in Nalerigu, as part of the working visit to the North East Region.

The administration block of the North East Regional Co-ordinating Council is amongst six new administration structures being constructed for the six newly created Regions, and the second to be completed for use, after the commissioning in September 2021 of the administration block for the North East Regional Coordinating Council.

Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block

The administration complex was constructed at a cost of GH¢17,647,543.17. It will house all the departments of the Western Regional Co-ordinating Council and other Institutions to ensure effective and efficient administration of the Region.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Akufo-Addo stated that the creation of the new regions “will bring government closer to the people, and also accelerate the process of social and economic progress in the various regions.”

Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block

He noted, however, that “we can’t build the regions without creating the institutions that will make regional development a success, and that is what we have begun to do with this building.”

Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block

President Akufo-Addo continued, “The Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Decentralisation, Daniel Botwe was the very Minister who saw to the regional reconstruction, and that is why he has now been given the added responsibility of making sure that the decentralization exercise, the devolution that we have seen in the administration of our state, becomes firm and on the ground.”

Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block
Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block

Touching on other key projects in the North East Region since its creation, he noted that “11 road projects have been completed in the North East Region in my time, and 61 are ongoing. Reference has already been made to the work that has been done on the town roads in Nalerigu and Gambaga and in Walewale, bridges that are being built in the area, and the developments in the various important road connections, that there are in this region.”

Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block

Concluding the President said, “But in all of these, there is one also an important source of joy, and that is the elevation we have made for one of the daughters of the Nayiri; Member of Parliament for Walewa Lariba Zuwera Abudu, who has now become the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection. She is a hardworking woman and I have no doubt that she’s going to justify the confidence that I’ve got in her”.

Akufo-Addo commissions North East RCC Administration block

President Akufo-Addo also commissioned the new Regional office of the Youth Employment Agency for the North East Region, adding up to others already completed in the Oti, Western North and Ahafo Regions.