The Northern Regional Minister Salifu Sa-eed on Thursday paid a surprise visit to some banks in the region. The Minister visited about nineteen (19) banks from the Tamale metropolis and the Sagnarigu districts of the northern region. This was part of his New Year engagement with development partners in the region. He visited the Stanbic Bank Ghana, Barclays Bank, Access bank, Ecobank Ghana, Bank of Africa, GN Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity Banks among others.
Hon Salifu Sa-eed earlier on January 3, 2018 visited all offices at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council to welcome the staff back to work after the Christmas and New Year holidays. It is in the same vein that, he toured nineteen banks in the region to interact with the managers and staff and share with them some of the policies, programmes and initiatives that the government plans to enroll out this year.
In his interactions, he reiterated the need for strong partnership between government and the private sector to transform the economy of the country. He said that the 2018 financial year would be positive for the banking sector, giving the fact that, government will be implementing many of its flagship policies to enhance the socio economic conditions of the citizenry.
He however implored managers of the various banks to take advantage of the numerous interventions by the Akuffo Addo led NPP administration. The Minister also emphasized the need for collaboration between the RCC and the banks to share ideas to boost small scale businesses in the northern region in order to strengthen the living standards of the people.
Meanwhile, the Bank Managers on their part commended Hon Salifu Sa-eed for visiting their respective offices. According to them, it is the first time a Regional Minister in the area took the initiative to visit stakeholders in the banking sector in the region.
“This good initiative has been the first of its kind in the banking industry in the region. We have always been running after our Regional Ministers and in fact, it has been tedious to get them discuss issues with them” they lamented. They however pledged to support government to succeed with its flagship programmes.
by: Mohammed Gadafi _ northstarfmonline.com