The Bono Regional Coordinating Council (BRCC) has been inaugurated in Sunyani the regional capital.
After the creation of Ahafo and Bono East Regions out of the former Brong Ahafo Region, the Brong Ahafo Region in effect ceased to exist and so does the Brong Ahafo Region Co-ordinating Council (BARCC).
Consequently, in the spirit of Article 255 of the 1992 constitution and Article 186 of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936 as Amended), the Bono Regional Co-ordinating Council (BRCC) is a new entity and thus replaces the BARCC. Because of this, it has become necessary to inaugurate the BRCC to enable it to perform its functions accordingly.
His Lordship, Justice Patrick Bayeeh, the supervising High Court Judge of Sunyani administered the Oath of office and secrecy to members at the swearing-in ceremony.
The members include the Regional Minister and the Deputy, 12 Municipal and District Chief executives, 12 Presiding members and two (2) representatives from the Regional House of Chiefs.
Mrs. Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, the Bono Regional Minister in her inaugural address, reminded members of their collective responsibility to ensure the development of the Bono Region. "I will like to urge all of us, as members to work with good conscience and in good faith at all times, devoid of our political affiliations and sentiments for the betterment of the Bono Region and its citizens. In this regards, our actions and inactions should always be focused on how to move the Region forward", she advised.
Mrs. Richardson, who chairs the Council, said her vision was derived from, and tied to the President's vision for Ghana, to transform all sectors of the economy for the realisation of a "Ghana beyond Aid".
The Minister outlined the government interventions such as planting for food and jobs (PFJ), Planting for Exports and Rural Development (PERD), Free SHS, and One District, One Factory (1D1F) among others to improve the lives of the people. She called on the leadership of the district assemblies through which most of these interventions were being implemented to ensure that the programmes and projects are positively impacting on the lives of the citizens.
The Regional Minister noted that progress and development can only be attained through unity. She called on all stakeholders including security services, political parties, Chiefs, religious leaders and pressure groups to channel their energies to peacebuilding in the region and to be development-oriented. "I would work to see a region of less conflict and more unity," she assured.