The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Amenowode, has asked the newly-appointed District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the region, not to use police personnel as bodyguards during their day to day activities in their respective districts.

He said if they established a cordial relationship with their people, nobody would dream of hurting them to merit the use of police personnel to protect them.

Addressing a ceremony in Ho to hand over letters of appointment to the DCE’s, the Minister said. they could only use police personnel as bodyguards when there was conflict in their areas of jurisdiction.

Even with this, he said the police bodyguards must not be allowed to stand behind them when they are addressing a gathering.

Fifteen out of a total of eighteen of the newly-approved DCEs in the region were presented with their letters of appointment.

Ketu-South and South Dayi were yet to confirm the president’s nominees after they failed to get the two thirds of the total votes, and were therefore absent at the presentation ceremony.

Mr. Amenowode also called on them to exercise a high degree of decorum as public officers.

He further challenged them to be patient, tolerant, understanding and fair in their dealings with the people, and should try as much as possible to be modest, and take good care of public properties entrusted to them, in order to prove that they were capable of serving the people efficiently.

Amenowode cautioned the DCEs and their assemblies not to allow anybody to derail government policies, plans and programmes, because they had deliberative, legislative and executive functions for the overall development of their respective districts.

He urged them to work within the national agenda of the government, which is to galvanize people to build a better Ghana.

Source: The Ghanaian Chronicle