The Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage, has made a passionate appeal to traditional leaders in the Kasena-Nankana West area to offer their support to her office.
She said their support would enable her work effectively to deliver and achieve the needed transformation in the region through the implementation of the various policies government has instituted.
Addressing the Paramount Chiefs and people of Paga and Mirigu Traditional Areas at separate mini durbars as part of her familiarization tour of the region on Thursday 10th January, 2019, Ambassador Abayage stressed the role of traditional authorities in the development of the region, saying” their role is very crucial and cannot be overlooked”.
“I will need your support. I will need your support for us to be able to implement all the programs that we have that are going to transform the lives of our people and the region. I am therefore appealing to you our fathers, our chiefs to throw your support behind me, to enable me deliver on what I have been tasked with. With your support, i can bring maximum development to this our dear region”.
The Regional Minister announced that government will soon roll out the ‘Rearing for Food and Jobs’ policy to add to the several other social intervention programs the NPP government has implemented.
She noted that the policy will come with unquantifiable benefits and will put income, especially, in the pockets of rural folks who engage in animal farming. She urged all to embrace the policy when it is rolled out, to experience the transformation the NPP government wants for all Ghanaians.
“Government will soon roll out the Rearing for food and jobs. It is another policy that will put money in the pockets our rural in folks who engage in animal rearing. These animals such as the guinea fowls can be sold and the money gotten used to take care of our families. It is a good and I will advise that we all embrace it like we embrace the planting for food and jobs so that will experience the massive transformation the NPP wants to bring to all Ghanaians”.
She assured the Chiefs of her commitment to working closely with all traditional rulers in the region.
"Our close collaboration will bring tremendous development to this district and I am assuring you of my office's readiness to work closely with you my dear Chiefs". The Minister said emphatically.
The Minister indicated that her office will work assiduously to provide every corner of the region with basic infrastructure such as extension of electric power to the areas, provision of portable drinking water, schools, good roads and health centres to promote better living.
"I will use my good office to champion calls for more schools to be built and renovated, provide good drinking water and electricity to rural areas, construction of good roads and bridges and Health centres".
Do more for our communities– Chiefs appeal.
The Paramount Chief of the Paga Traditional Area, Pe Charles Awiah Awumpaga ll, welcomed the Minister and her entourage with commendations to President Nana Akuffo Addo for considering a woman for the position of the Upper East Regional Minister
He also heralded government for their life-changing policies and appealed to government to “do all it can to ensure that the policies are implement to improve the lives of Ghanaians”.
Pe Awiah Awumpaga ll assured the Regional Minister of his support for her tenure. He advised against acts that will undermine the development of the region.
He said “I will advise that you do away with things that will slow the progress of this region. A government can be good but without the help of good administrators and managers, nothing can be achieved”
The Chief appealed for an improvement in infrastructure deficit in the area. He called for an improvement in roads and the provision of a quality healthcare delivery system for his area.
Naba Anthony Abisa Anonsona Atasige ll, Chief of Mirigu, in his speech lauded government for some of its policies and appealed to government, through the Minister, for the construction of dormitories for the Mirigu Senior High School.
He said the lack of dormitory facilities at the school is greatly hampering effective teaching and learning. Naba Abisa Anonsona Atasige ll added that security is paramount in the development of Mirigu and the construction of a befitting police station to replace the "one room” facility in the area will be greatly welcomed.
"We will also welcome assistance to build boarding facilities for the Mirigu Senior School which is our only community senior high school. The lack of the dormitories is greatly affecting academic work in the school. Students have to travel long distances to school every day because they live far away from the school. For now, the community has helped in providing shelter for students who come from far”.
“we will also welcome help in the construction of a police station for the area. Our “one room” police station facility is not befitting”. He appealed.
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