UWR: Chiefs tout achievement of NPP government, call for more
By Radio Mak || Philip Tengzu
The chiefs and people of some four districts in the Upper West Region – Wa West, Daffiama/Bussie/Issa, Wa East and Lambussie districts – have touted the achievements of the President Akufo-Addo led government, particularly in the agricultural and education sectors.
They said the interventions such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development and Free Senior High School policies amongst others had significantly improved the livelihoods of the people, especially at the rural level.
The chiefs made the commendation at a durbar when the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Add visited those districts as part of his two day working visit to the region.
The president began his two-day tour of the region on Saturday, August 17, 2019, to among other things, inspect progress of work on ongoing projects, commission completed projects and to interact with the people in selected districts of the region.
He was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Health, Minister of Roads and Highways, Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Interior Minister among others.
“Your Excellency, under your leadership, several development initiatives have been rolled out nationwide. These initiatives have made live bearable for all Ghanaians of which, the people of Wa West are no exception.
For instance, the Free Senior High School programme is allowing us to use money that would have been used to pay fees to take care of other pressing domestic needs”, said the Paramount Chief of the Wechiau Traditional Area, Naa Imoru Nandon Gomah II, in a speech read on his behalf.
He also lauded the president and the Minister of Agriculture for taking the step to establish agricultural mechanisation centre in the Wa West District with the initial supply of two tractors to support farmers in the district.
While commending the government, the chiefs also appealed to the president to take keen interest in the deplorable state of roads in the districts, health needs of the people and educational infrastructure development.
Na Nandon Gomah II, thus, appealed to the government to complete stalled projects in the education sector including the Dorimon Community Day Senior High School, and to provide the Lassia Tuollu Senior High School with an Assembly Hall and a school bus to enable the people to maximise the free SHS programme.
At Funsi in the Wa East District, the chiefs and people appealed to the government to construct some major roads within the district to facilitate to people’s easy access to the district capital.
They said some communities along the Bulenga area were unable to travel to the district capital anytime it rained and prayed the president to use his good office to create another district in the area to deepen grass root participation in governance.
On his part, the Paramount Chief of the Lambussie Traditional Area, Kuoro Issaka Zeng-eh Kazie Eenjie II, appealed to the president to convert the Community Day Senior High School in the district into a boarding school and to provide the school with infrastructure such as dining hall and accommodation for both staff and students.
He said the school was far from the community which made it difficult for students and teachers to trek to the school on daily basis thereby affecting quality teaching and learning.
Kuoro Eenjie II also touched on the deplorable state of roads in the district including the Lambussie town roads and the Lambussie-Hamile road.
The Paramount Chief also requested the government to provide them with a district hospital to help improve quality healthcare delivery in the district.