By Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Aug. 15, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday urged
traditional rulers to combine efforts with government to stop the smuggling of
fertilizers to neighboring countries.
He said it was
unfortunate that the Ghanaian taxpayer’s money, used to purchase fertilizer at
a subsidized price, to improve the productivity of farmers, was being taken
advantage of by greedy individuals who smuggle it across the country for
said farmers had embraced the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme, and noted
that “It began with 200,000 farmers, today we have almost 1,000,000 farmers
within a period of two and half years, this shows the enthusiasm of our farmers
for this programme.”
Akufo-Addo was speaking at a durbar of Chiefs and people of Navrongo in the
Kassena-Nankana Municipal of the Upper East Region as part of his two-day
working visit to the Region.
“It is all of
us our money that is inside the programme. It is not just the farmers, people
sitting in their offices in Accra are contributing, those sitting in their
offices in Navrongo are contributing, and then we have a hand full of greedy
people, a hand full of greedy criminals who will use our money and smuggle our
things to Burkina Faso.
“It is not
right, and all of us should bind together to stop the smuggling of our
fertilizers to Burkina Faso. We are using the Ghanaian taxpayer’s money to subsidize
criminal activity which is going to the benefit of a hand full of people, we
can’t continue down that road,” he said.
Akufo-Addo called on the people to accord security services personnel in the
area their maximum support to end the smuggling, and warned that “If there are
members of the security agencies, who are condoning with the smugglers, expose
them, let us know who they are, and they will be dealt with.”
government had significantly increased military presence in the Region to make
sure terrorists infiltrators did not invade the country and cause problems, and
assured officials of the Ghana Armed Forces in the Region that the country was
solidly behind their work.
prior to addressing the durbar, inspected ongoing works on a water processing
plant and the Tono Rehabilitation Project in the Municipality.
In a speech
read on his behalf, Pe Dennis Aneakwoa Belinia Adda, the Paramount Chief of the
Navrongo Traditional Area, expressed gratitude to the President for the
rehabilitation of the Tono Irrigation Dam and head works for water intake from
the reservoir, its treatment and supply to Chiana, Chuchuliga, Paga,
The Navro Pio
further thanked the President for the social intervention programmes and
construction works in the area, especially “the near completion of the Navrongo
Sports Stadium that will provide an opportunity for rest, recreation and
On security, Pe
Adda appealed to the government to improve the infrastructure at the Municipal
Police Station, the Ghana Prisons and the Ghana Fire Services, adding that “The
buildings there have not seen any rehabilitation or renovation in many years,
and some of the structures are even dilapidated”.
was in the company of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, Mr
Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Minister of Health, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, Deputy
Chief of Staff, Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural
Development, and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Agriculture.
Others were Mr
Kwasi Amoako Attah, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Dominic Ntiwul, the
Defence Minister, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister of Special Development
Initiative, Mr Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister
of Justice, Alhaji Hanan Abdul-Wahab, the Chief Executive Officer of the
National Food Buffer Stock Company, among other Ministers of State, Members of
Parliament, Municipal and District Chief Executives in the Region.