As part of his one-day tour of the Upper East Region, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commissioned a newly constructed building for the Bolgatanga East District Assembly at Zuarungu.
Construction works began in the first term of President Akufo-Addo. The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu and other state officials assisted the President to commission the office building.
Earlier on Monday, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of the Kusaug Traditional Area, Zugraan Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II.
The President said: “I came to thank you and the people of the Upper East for your support of my party and me during the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections. As you spoke to me frankly, I have to speak to you frankly as well,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo was delighted that the Government’s social intervention – Free Senior High School, Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village One Dam, One District One Warehouse – are all being well received here in the region.
Touching on the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, the President noted that “last year, although we targeted 47,761 farmers under the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme, in the end, we registered 66,680 farmers, 20,000 more than were originally scheduled are now under the programme.”
The President added that six warehouses in the Kusaug Traditional Area are being constructed and are 80% complete. Additionally, he said 40 dams had been built in the Kusuag traditional area as part of the One Dam, One Village initiative.
“In the same way under the One District, One Factory policy, very soon we are going to establish a guinea fowl processing factory here in Bawku. I am so happy to hear the commitment you have made to stop the smuggling of fertilizer from the area. It is a significant commitment, and I applaud you very much for it,” he added.
On roads, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the road situation in the Upper East was improving and was happy to see that the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Polimakom road is now 80% complete.
President Akufo-Addo assured that, under Agenda 111, districts without hospitals in the Kusaug area would have hospitals.
On measures to strengthen the security along the borders of the Upper East Region, the President told the Bawku Naba that a permanent barracks was going to be established in Bawku to curb the threat of terrorism there.
The Bawku Naba, on his part, commended the Government and the security agencies for the heightened security surveillance in the traditional area to prevent the spillage of conflicts from Burkina Faso.
The Bawku Naba said the insecurity in and around Burkina Faso “gives us a cause to worry because of our proximity to that country. Recent information indicates that some terrorists have infiltrated our borders.”
Naba Asigir added that due to the infiltration of these unknown terrorist groups into his traditional area, “we appeal to your office to use all means possible to prevent spillage of the conflict into my traditional area. So far, our security services have proved equal to the task and deserve to be encouraged to do more by being highly alert.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD