The Volta Regional Minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa paid a working visit to keta as part of a three day regional tour. Speaking to Pascal Nyamador, host of Jubilee Radio’s Super Morning Show, the Minister congratulated the people of Anlo for the just ended Hogbetsotsoza celebration and urged the people to continue to support government in pursuance of the developmental agenda.
Speaking on governments’ flagship program Planting for Food and Jobs, The Hon. Minister told of how many communities such as Afife in the Volta Region are benefiting from the program and challenged the Keta Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Seth Yormewu to register at least 5000 farmers in the Municipality under the program to benefit from the subsidized fertilizer being distributed to farmers who register under the program across the country.
He charged the youth to upgrade themselves and be prepared for opportunities that will pop up rather than sitting down and be calling on government to provide jobs when they are not ready for these jobs themselves.
The Minister paid a courtesy call on Torgbi Sri III, the paramount chief of Anlo where they had a closed door meeting which focused on the challenges the people of Anlo are facing and the ruler of Anlo admonished the Minister to take as a matter of urgency, their problems to the presidency for immediate action.
Among the key challenges expressed by Togbi Sri III are the dredging of the Keta Lagoon, the proposed habour project in Keta and the stalled Blekusu Sea defence project. Dr. Letsa thanked the ruler of Anlo land and assured the people of Anlo of governments commitment to the promises made to the people prior to the 2016 general election.
The minister proceeded to Zion College Anloga where he looked at the on-going projects in the school as well as the progress of governments free SHS program, he went on to the KETA NURSING AND MIDWIFERY TRAINING SCHOOL and brought his tour of the Municipality to a close at the Keta Municipal Assembly where he spoke at length on various practices of officials which can bring the name of government to disrepute.
Among the practices mentioned by the minister are how contracts are awarded internally and executed by the very people who are supposed to supervise them and called on those who are culpable to resign and join the private sector if they are not satisfied with their pay rather than using “dubious” means to amass wealth for themselves.
However, the Minister reassured the people of his commitment to fight corruption in his tenure of office as Minister.
He is expected to visit Akatsi and other parts of the region to look at the progress of projects in the region.