Upper East Regional Minister Designate, Ms. Paulina Tangoba Abayage has downplayed reports that she had been eyeing the Regional Minister Position for the Upper East Region since the assumption of office of the Nana Addo led administration.

Ms. Paulina Abayage until her recent appointment was Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy and has been reassigned to take over from Mr. Rockson Ayine Bukari as the Upper East Regional Minister in a ministerial reshuffle announced on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

In what political watchers in the Upper East Region have described as a not surprising appointment by the President, Ms. Paulina, however, says the decision by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to make her a regional minister came as a surprise to her.

In an interview on The PM SHOW on Bolgatanga-based YEM Radio monitored by OWASS ONLINE.com, the gender activist cum politician said her new role will offer her the opportunity to serve her region though she least expected it.

“The President has asked me to come and serve my community so definitely I am excited about it. I am not sure any of us expected any of these changes.  You know one thing about government reshuffle is that it’s often a surprise. You only know it a day or two before the reshuffle is done so definitely I never expected it”.

when Asked whether she had lobbied for the position to be given her, Ms. Paulina retorted that her job as an Ambassador was enough assignment and hence she did not need to lobby to become a regional minister.

Touching on the challenges of the region and her resolve to work to address them she noted bad roads, jobs and other infrastructural challenges as common needs of the region that she will be interested in addressing.

“Upper East is well endowed with good people, hardworking people, people who are ready to sacrifice so much and so if am able to harness these human potentials that we have as a region, I doubt if my work will be difficult,” she  said.

She called for unity and quest for a common goal to drive forward the development of the region with a pledge to involve relevant stakeholders in decision making

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