Eighty-one people including acting municipal and district chief executives (MDCEs) have applied to become the substantive MDCEs in the seven municipalities and districts in the Savannah Region.
The municipal and district assemblies in the Savannah Region are the West Gonja municipal (Damongo) that also doubles as the regional capital, East Gonja Municipal (Salaga), Central Gonja, (Buipe), North Gonja (Daboya), North East Gonja (Kpalbe), Bole and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Districts.
Five persons applied to become the MCE for West Gonja, 18 for the MCE for East Gonja, eight for Central Gonja, nine for North Gonja, 10 for North East Gonja, 14 for Bole and17 Sawla-Tuna-Kalba.
Only three females, out of the 81 persons, applied for the positions of MDCEs in the Savannah Region.
They are Alice Ayishitu Tingbani for Bole while Losina Barikisu and Amina Seidu applied for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District.
The acting MDCEs who also applied are Mohammed Tamimu for East Gonja municipal, Lawal Tamimu and Adam Eliasu for the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba and North Gona districts, respectively.
The Savannah Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Ibrahim Sulemana, popularly known as “Professor Kalamonia” who is also a member of the vetting committee for the MDCEs in the region, told the Daily Graphic that 81 individuals applied and not 300 as being peddled around in the region.
As at 2 pm on Friday, May 21, 2021, when this report was filed, Alhaji Sulemana said the committee was vetting applicants for the position in Bole and Sawla-Tuna-Kalba.
He added that the high interest in the position for the MDCEs in the region was that everybody wanted to serve his or her district, saying the vetting committee also had the time to listen to all the applicants to know what they had for the districts.
He gave an assurance that suitable, capable and well-qualified candidates would be selected for the positions.