Chiefs from the Upper West Region have commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for implementing his manifesto promises and several pro-poor policies since he assumed office as President, some 18 months ago.


Naa Puowele Karbo III, Paramount Chief of the Lawra Traditional Area, who spoke on behalf of the Chiefs of Jirapa, Sissala East, Sissala West, Nadowli/Kaleo, Daffiama-Bussie-Issah and Wa East on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, said they were elated for the upgrade of Lawra, Jirapa, and Tumu districts into municipalities to deepen the decentralization processes which sought to bring governance closer to the doorstep of the people.


“It was a timely move, and it is anticipated that they will serve as growth poles to propel development within our corridor and, further, pull along surrounding districts socio-economically. We are proud of you," the Paramount Chief stated.


The Lawra Naa expressed appreciation to the Akufo-Addo government for its commitment, speed and zeal with which it had implemented the majority of his campaign promises to better the lives of the citizenry.


“They include the 1 district, 1 factory, 1 village, 1 dam, Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs policies and also creating employment for the youth through the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO). I am most delighted with the support for cashew plantations, which will facilitate afforestation, giving that the desert is fast closing in on the region, as well as means of empowering the population economically,” he said.


He urged all qualified youth in the Region to take advantage of all the policies of government to improve on their socio-economic status which, invariably, would limit the massive migration of the youth down-south in search of non-existent jobs.


Naa Puowele Karbo III assured President Akufo-Addo of their continued support and partnership in government’s drive to develop the country, adding that the interactions that the President had had with them showed the respect and love the President had for chiefs and the institution of chieftaincy at large.


He noted that the people of the northern were predominantly farmers, operating within a one-season rainfall regime, usually followed by a very long dry season.


That, Naa Puowele Karbo III said, meant that for half the year, the people are idle, leading to large-scale migration to other parts of the country.


The 1 village, 1 dam policy, he said, was, therefore, the solution for an all-year agricultural production in the region.


He said they were anxiously waiting for the rollout of the programme in the selected communities in the region, adding that with regard to the rural industrialization of the region, the current efforts to promote the cultivation of cashew, shea and mango were critical to its take off


The Lawra Naa urged President Akufo-Addo to create a Shea Development Board, with a renewed mandate to develop the shea industry.


He appealed to government to construct the Hamile-Nandom-Lawra, Han-Zilli-Gwollu, Wa-Tumu-Jefesi, Hamile-Tumu, and Jirapa-Nandom roads to open up the region and facilitate the easy transportation of farm produce to the markets.


He said the construction of these roads would trigger the social and economic transformation of the region.


Naa Puowele Karbo III noted that although they appreciated the challenges confronting government, they could not help but appeal to government for the construction of these roads into 1st class roads for improved accessibility, which would promote commercial activities in the region.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)


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