assumed control. Notwithstanding, the Nominee said he was aware that SADA was undergoing restructuring to reposition itself to deliver on its mandate.
He disclosed that the Authority has been put under a new management and has been consulting various stakeholders in that regard. He stressed that SADA has learnt a lot from its past experience and believed it will perform better this time round.
In his view, the Guinea fowl module under SADA, is good but there is still the need to review the modules to achieve better results. He revealed that the Government had commenced processes to retrieve moneys that the Authority wrongfully paid to various entities.
He believed that the Authority will deliver on its mandate when it is fully repositioned. The Nominee further agreed with the suggestion that SADA did not act professionally when it failed to utilise the expertise of the Forestry Commission in the implementation of its tree planting project. He however, stated that the concept was good and SADA could have done better.
Initiatives to address poor sanitary practices
Asked how he intends to address poor sanitary practices such as open defecation being practised by some residents in the Upper East Region, the Hon Nominee insisted that open defecation was not a cultural practice in the region, but promised that he would do his best to bring that practice to an end, if approved.
He said that he would assist in sensitising the people on the harmful effects that open defecation has on their
lives to discourage the practice. He also stated that he would work through the Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to provide toilet facilities in communities and would also ensure that the residents provide toilet facilities in their homes.
Youth development strategies
Responding to a question on how he has helped as a Member of Parliament to harness the economic opportunities in the Bongo Constituency, the Hon Nominee indicated that he had to do a lot to improve upon the lives of the people. He disclosed that he has currently organised fifteen (15) women groups who are engaged in art and craft works including the promotion of “Bolga Basket”.
He also stated that he has supported youth groups in his constituency to undertake dry season farming. Apart from supplying the youth groups with water pumps, the Nominee said he has also bought cattle for the youth groups to assist them in ploughing their farmlands.
He said, if approved, he would introduce other interventions at various levels to ensure sharing of experiences among the groups and support their activities towards improving their welfare in the region.
Initiatives for the support of women in the region
The Nominee commended the members of the Sirugu Women Association (SWA) for implementing measures to put their products on the international market. He also disclosed that he has undertaken similar projects in his constituency, which promote the “Bolga Basket” produced by the women in the Bongo Constituency.
In the same vein, the Nominee stated that he would replicate the initiatives in the region and adopt other measures to improve the condition of women in the Upper East Region. He intends to do this by collaborating effectively with donor agencies in the region to establish growth centres.
He also promised to support the fifteen (15) women groups and other industrious and enthusiastic women in the region by sourcing funds from the Distr ict Assemblies Common Fund of the districts in the region. He further disclosed that he was building an Arts Centre in the Bongo Constituency to promote artistic works produced in the area.
Relationship between MPs and District Chief Executives
The Nominee was of the view that the conflict between Members of Parliament and Chief Executives of MMDAs is borne out of the lack of understanding of the different roles they play as development agents. He was of the view that Members of Parliament should be given autonomy over the releases of their share of the Common Fund as part of measures to address the issue.
He raised the concern that on situations where Members of Parliament were not informed of ongoing projects in their constituencies is not a good practice. This is because Members of Parliament are held directly accountable by the people. He, however, stated that he would work closely with all the stakeholders because he believed that they all work towards a common goal.
Composition of Regional Security Council
Relating to the composition and functions of the Regional Security
Council (REGSEC), the Hon nominee stated that the REGSEC is headed by the Regional Minister with its membership composed of the Deputy Regional Minister, DCEs, heads of the various security agencies.
He explained that the function of the REGSEC is to ensure peace and security in the region by working closely with the District Security Council.
Curbing smuggling at the Ghana/ Burkina Faso Border
On what he would put in place to curb smuggling at the Ghana/Burkina Faso border, the Nominee conceded that the issue was a major concern in the region. He attributed the increasing smuggling to the porous nature of the country's borders. He explained that the absence of a physical barrier allows people to enter the country so easily and thereby making it difficult to deal with the issue.
As a measure to curb the practice, the Nominee said he would support the security agencies to mount serious surveillance at the border and empower them to check the infiltration of certain groups of people from entering the country.
Revival of the Pwalugu Tomato Factory
The Nominee stated that past attempts to revamp the Pwalugu Tomato Factory faced several challenges. According to him, the situation was due to the inability of farmers to produce tomatoes throughout the year to feed the factory. He attributed this to the short rainy season experienced in the region.
If given the nod, he intends to learn from ongoing efforts to revive the factory and adopt new technologies to
ensure availability of raw materials at all times to enable the factory operate throughout the year.
The Committee by consensus recommends that the House approves the nomination of Hon Albert Abongo for appointment as Regional Minister for the Upper East Region.
Hon Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye-- Minister-designate for the Ministry of Youth and Sports
Hon Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye was born on 11th June, 1965 in Accra, Ghana.
He had his primary education at All Saints International School at Adabraka, Accra. From there, he proceeded to the Rapid Preparatory School in Sunyani for his Middle School Education. He attended the Presbyterian Secondary School, Bechem in the Brong Ahafo Region for the Ordinary Level Certificate in 1983 and continued at Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast, where he obtained his Advanced Level Certificate in 1985.
He later attended the University of Ghana, where he graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Classics. Nii Lantey further attended the Ghana Institute of Journalism and graduated with a Diploma in Communications in 1997. He is currently undertaking a course in Law at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
The Hon Nominee has participated in a number of training programmes including Sports Management and Promotion at the National Sports Council
and Basic Soccer Coaching. The Nominee was the Sports Captain of Sarbah Picot House, Mfantsipim (1984 - 1985) and also held the position of Sports Secretary at Mensah Sarbah Hall, Legon (1988 -
Further to this, he served as the General Secretary of the National Chapters Co-ordinating Committees (NCCCs) of Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club between 1987 and 1990.
The Hon Nominee is a retired footballer and has played as a professional footballer for Accra Hearts of Oak and Ebusua Dwarfs and is now the President of the Liberty Oldies.
The Nominee undertook his national service at Assin Fosu District from 1989 to 1990 and later was engaged as Sports Presenter and Commentator by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation from 1990 to 2001. The Hon Nominee served as an Aide at the Office of the President, Accra, between 2009 and 2013.
Nii Lantey is currently the Member of Parliament for the Odododiodioo Constituency and a Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Develop- ment.
Responses to questions
The Nominee provided the following responses to questions posed to him:
Development of lesser-known sports
The Nominee stated that the country has failed in the past to take concrete steps to develop other sporting disciplines besides football. He stated that though the country had achieved laurels in the past in other sports like hockey, volleyball, table tennis and boxing, not much has been done to promote them.
He said what the country needs to do is not only to resurrect them but also to develop the sports to win international awards. He said he would brand sports as a product to attract both local and international sponsorship. According to him, sports is science and one needs a good knowledge base to make it work.
He emphasised that if sports is not developed, the outcome would not be right. In this regard, the Nominee assured the Committee that, if approved, he would be a Minister for Sports and not a Minister for only football.
View on the high attrition rate of Ministers for Youth and Sports
The Nominee agreed with the fact that the frequent changes of Ministers for the Ministry of Youth and Sports since 2013 does not augur well for sports development in the country. He expressed the view that if the Ministers are accorded much time, they would have acquired the needed experience to implement pro- grammes to develop the sector.
He, however, emphasised that it was the prerogative of the President to appoint and also relief Ministers of their post any time he deemed it appropriate.
Alleged role in preventing non-Gas from registering at Odododiodioo Consti- tuency
Commenting on his alleged role in preventing non-Gas from registering at the Odododiodioo Constituency during the 2012 voters registration exercise, the Nominee stated that what happened was completely misreported, and that he did not stop the registration of non-Gas in the constituency.
He maintained that he grew up in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions and is also married to a non-Ga and therefore, appreciates the sense of diversity.
Late start of the 2016 Premier League Season
On how he would get the 2016 League Season started if approved, the Nominee stated that he did not know the cause of the delay of the League Season; but he promised to seek more information on the underlying factors and thereafter hold constructive discussions with the various stakeholders in a bid to resolve the impasse.
He assured the Committee that he was positive about securing the unders- tanding of the aggrieved parties to ensure that the League commences.
Youth Development Initiatives
The Nominee said youth development is at the core of the work of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and so, he would work with the National Youth Authority, the Youth Training Centres and other allied institutions to create the necessary synergy to improve upon the conditions of the youth in this country.
He intends to collaborate with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to determine the possibility of raising funds through the District Assemblies towards implementing policies for youth development.
Sports as an emerging industry in Ghana
The Nominee said that he would take the development of sports in the country more seriously to make it an economic activity. He stated that he was aware of the steps being taken to expedite the passage of the National Sports Bill into