Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
15, GNA – President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday ended his two-day tour
of the Upper East Region, which was climaxed with two durbars by the Chiefs and
people of Navrongo and Fumbisi Traditional Areas.
He interacted with
teachers and students of the Bolgatanga Senior High School at Winkogo in the
Talensi District where he assured that government would increase enrollment of
students onto the Free Senior High School programme.
He told the
teachers and students that education was a central pillar of his government’s
administration, saying that, “I have no hesitation in making it the central
pillar of my government’s administration. It is better that we spend the money
on the future of Ghana than just consuming it.”
Akufo-Addo also gave the assurance that government would work to resolve
challenges of the school, including lack of transportation and inadequate
accommodation among others, to ensure effective teaching and learning in the
He proceeded to the
Bawku West and Bawku Municipal to address a durbar of Chiefs and people of
Binaba, where he assured the people that their paramount desire would be met,
“We are determined to ensure that the Bolga-Bawku-Pulmakom road is fully fixed
to promote sustainable economic development in this area and Ghana at large and
nothing can stop us.”
The President as
part of his itinerary in the Region paid a courtesy call on Naba Asigri
Abugragoe Azoka ll and said government intended to recruit about 4,500 police
personnel this year, to foster peace among the people and empower them to
freely go about their daily duties without fear.
At Pusiga, where
the President ended the first day of his tour, he paid a courtesy call on Naba
Ibrahim Ayomah Aguuri, Chief of Pusiga, and inspected the Kulungugu Bridge.
Akufo-Addo ended the tour of the Region with durbars of Chiefs and people of
the Navrongo and Fumbisi Traditional Areas, where he addressed several concerns
of the people and reiterated the significance of government’s ongoing social
intervention policies in the areas.
He also inspected
the Doninga Bridge and the rice valley in the Bulisa South District, under the
‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme, and expressed worry about the smuggling
of fertilizers in the Region.
The President 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 of Local Government and Rural Development
and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Agriculture.
The others include
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.
The President was
welcomed to the Upper East Region by Regional Executives and enthusiastic
members of the New Patriotic Party on August 13.
President Akufo-Addo has since left the Upper
East Region to continue his tour of the Northern Region.