Upper East Regional Minister touts massive developments in the region under NPP gov’t
Upper East Regional Minister, Honorable Stephen Yakubu has noted that the Upper East Region has received its fair share of the national cake under President Akufo-Addo and the NPP administration.
The Minister made this assertion on Wednesday, November 2nd , 2022 when he took his turn to deliver the state of the Upper East Regional report at the Ministry of Information in Accra.
According to the Minister, massive transformation has taken place in the region in the areas of Security, Agriculture & Water Resources, Health and Roads Infrastructure under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
Due to the pockets of conflicts in Bawku and Doba-Kandiga, the Regional Minister noted that with the unflinching support of Government, the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and other stakeholders, peace and order has since returned to these areas and the region at large.
Among a number of initiatives, Hon, Yakubu disclosed that rigorous sensitization campaign on “See Something, Say Something”, the establishment of Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) on border communities in the region to man the country’s entry points and also the supply of relevant logistics to the security apparatus in the region have been undertaken.
Based on the initiatives of government to maintain security, Hon. Yakub allayed the “fears of all those who do not know the region very well and encourage investors who intend to invest in the region to do so.”
On the agricultural front, the Upper East Region, the Minister indicated is one of the major beneficiaries of government initiatives such as Planting for Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food and Jobs, Savannah Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project, Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Program, One District One Warehouse, Savannah Investment Project among others.
Beneficiaries under the PFJ increased from 30, 009 in 2017 to 185,012 in 2020 representing a percentage increase of 162. This resulted in an increased crop production by 65 percent over the period.
Moreover, on agricultural logistics support, the region from 2018 to 2021, benefitted a total of two hundred and twenty-two (222) motorbikes and nineteen (19) pick-ups under the Modernisation of Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) programme.
To improve, food storage in the region, the minister revealed that Six (6) warehouses with 1,000 metric tonnes capacity each have been constructed in 6 districts. The warehouses are located in Talensi, Bongo, Builsa South, Kassena Nankana West, Garu and Nadbam.
On health, the Minister noted that the region under the leadership of NPP administration has received a wide range of logistics support from the Ministry of Health and its development partners. This was almost doubled in 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. These logistics, which ranged from theatre to ward equipment have significantly improved the health outcomes in the region.
For instance, the Minister mentioned that between 2017 to 2021, eighteen (18) vehicles and forty-nine (49) motor-bikes were distributed to various health facilities across the region to facilitate effective healthcare delivery among other initiatives.
Also, ongoing is the construction of the district hospitals dubbed Agenda 111. The region is also benefiting 8 of such projects.
The Minister further touted that region has seen numerous road and bridge projects which have improved movement in the region.
Source: ABC News