Vieri to get an agric college soon
By: Philip Tengzu
The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Alhassan Sulemana has revealed that plans are far advanced for the government to build an agricultural college in Vieri in the Wa West District of the Upper West region.
He said the project, to start this year, would not only facilitate development of the area, but would also help provide agricultural training to the people in the district, region and the country at large.
The Regional Minster revealed this on Manday at Viery during the Seontaa Boor Festival of the Daga-wiile community in and around Vieri.
The festival, which was the second of its kind, was aimed at promoting the culture of the Daga-wiile community as well as the development of the area.
Mr. Sulemana noted that the government was committed to developing the agricultural sector of the nation’s economy hence the need to develop the technical know-how of the people in the area of agriculture.
“The government is also coming into partnership with a technical firm in agric and I am happy to announce that Vieri is going to get an agric college this year”, the minister said.
Mr. Sulemana also identified some major road networks in the district including the Wa-Vieri-Tanvare road to be awarded this January for construction works to commence by February 1 this year.
Others he identified included: Ga-Wechiau-Dorimon-Wa road, Wechiau-Balawa road and Kulmasa-Gurungu road all in the Wa West District.
The Regional Minister also touched on some government policies including the planting for food and jobs, one-village-one-dam, Free Senior High School and the impending rearing for food and jobs which were geared towards fostering national development.
Mr. Sulemana therefore urged the people to support the government in the implementation of its programmes and policies to transform the economy of the nation for the betterment of all.
In a message on his behalf, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West Constituency, Mr. Joseph Yiele Chireh urged the people of the Dga-wiile community to uphold the festival to serve as a medium of cultural transition from the older to the younger generation.
He also cautioned the youth against alcoholism and hard drugs which he said were inimical to their health and appealed to the people to sign onto the National Health Insurance Scheme to help reduce their cost access to quality health care in the country.
Some students in the area who participated in quiz and debate competitions were awarded with text books and other educational materials for their performance in the exercise while other people and groups who participated in other activities including dancing and craft were also awarded.