The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin-Salih has indicated that government is liaising with neighbouring Burkina Faso and La Cote D’ Ivoire to clamp down on cross border crimes.
He said in recent times, terrorist activities in Burkina Faso had transcended into the country due to the influx of Burkina Faso nationals in the country and urged the public to be security conscious.
“While the security agencies have been equipped with vehicles and other logistics to regularly patrol the highways to reduce the spate of armed robberies.
The region has also fostered trilateral partnership with the South West Region of Burkina Faso and Bounkani Region of La Cote D’Ivoire to share security intelligence in fighting cross-border crimes”, the Minister said.
Briefing the media in Wa on Tuesday, Dr Bin-Salih explained that promoting security was a collective responsibility and urged the public to report any suspicious character to the police.
On agriculture, he noted that a total of one hundred and ten dam sites in the region (ten per district) had been awarded on contract and were different stages of completion to ensure all year round farming.
He also touched on the government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs and anticipated that about 200,000 farmers would benefit from the programme in the region this farming season adding that about 1.5 million 25kg bags of fertilizer have been allocated to the region.
Dr Bin-Salih also reassured the people that the much awaited Wa Airport and Regional Hospitals would soon be completed and commissioned to serve the good people of the region and beyond.
He however, reiterated the determination of the government not to circum to pressure from a section of the public to commission uncompleted projects to the detriment of the larger populace.
Dr Bin-Salih also touched on other government projects and initiatives geared towards improving the socio-economic wellbeing of the people including: the Ghana School Feeding Programme, infrastructural development and Zongo Development Fund.
Others were the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), Youth Employment Agency (NYA) and the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) progrmme among others.