Government has provided motorbikes to Assembly members in the Upper East Region as part of measures to facilitate their activities.
At a brief handing over ceremony on Tuesday, Ambassador Paulina Patience Abayege, the Upper East Regional Minister, presented 533 motorbikes to the local legislators in all 15 Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) of the Region.
According to her, the terrain of the region is rugged, and the motorbikes would be a form of motivation to the Assembly members whose work is more or less voluntary.
Ambassador Abayage noted that the motorbikes were acquired through due procurement processes; and the Upper East Region was the third to receive the motorbikes with Northern and Central Regions being first and second recipients respectively.
David Adoliba, Dean of Presiding Members in the region, who received the motorbikes on behalf of local legislators said, “If decentralization is important, then we should find ways of getting the means of transport for the Assembly Members to be able to get to their communities.”
He reiterated the need to motivate members of the Assemblies through such fringe benefits, adding that, members sometimes use their private motorbikes to transport sick people in their electoral areas to health facilities.
Mr. Adoliba thanked government for the gesture. He further backed the Regional Minister’s call for members to ensure maintenance of the motorbikes as well as observing safety measures; emphasizing on the use of crash helmets.