Regional News Wed, 3 Dec 2003

Director blames staff for haphazard dev't

Wa, Dec 03, GNA - Mr. Edward B. Karbo, Director of the Town and Country Planning Department, on Tuesday blamed the technical staff of his department for the unplanned development in many parts of the country.

He said some technical staff of his department is in the habit of colluding with private developers to subvert development plans by the government and the Assemblies by helping them to encroach on lands earmarked for community social amenities and facilities.

Mr Karbo, who is visiting the Upper West Region, said this when he addressed the staff of the department.

He said ''our vision is to carve a new image for the TOPD by transforming it into an effective, technically competent and proactive departments of committed, well trained and motivated staff to play an effective role in national development".

The Director called for a positive attitudinal change by all members of staff by turning over a new leaf, reminding them of the poor image of the department in the eyes of the public which has to be salvaged.

Mr. Karbo therefore urged the staff of the department to strive to maintain professional standards by adhering to professional ethics.

Source: GNA/