Stephen Yakubu Hands Over UER, Proceeds TO UWR

Hon. Stephen Yakubu, the outgone Upper East Regional Minister, on Thursday, handed over the administration of the Regional Coordinating Council to Hon. Dr. Hafiz Bin-Salih, the former Upper West Regional Minister.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a statement signed by Mr. Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Presidency, on April 4, 2024, swapped the two Ministers.

At a handing over ceremony in Bolgatanga, Hon Yakubu said he took over the administration of the Upper West Region on April 16, 2024, and would continue with its development agenda from where his predecessor left off.

He urged staff of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council and Heads of Departments to support the new Minister to succeed.

“He is taking over from where I ended, and I want you to give him the maximum support you gave me,” he said.

Hon. Yakubu noted that poverty was common among the two Regions, emphasizing that it was a phenomenon that needed to be eradicated to positively impact on the living standards of residents.

The outgone Minister thanked staff of the RCC, Heads of Departments, security agencies, traditional authorities and residents for the support he received during his stay as Minister for the region, and wished the region well.

Hon. Dr. Bin-Salih on his part, acknowledged the sacrifices and hard work of his predecessor towards the maintenance of peace in the Region.

“I thanked you for the good job you did in the Upper East Region. When the region was in turmoil as a result of conflicts, you have been able to calm the tide through your sterling leadership qualities,” he said.

He called for cooperation from all Heads of Departments in the Region to move the development agenda of the Region forward, saying “I ask for your unalloyed support so we place the Upper East Region where it truly belongs.”

Prior to the handing over ceremony, the two Ministers met members of Regional Security Council (REGSEC) for briefing on security situation in the Region.

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