President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated that his government is committed to cooperating with all stakeholders to ensure that the prevailing peace and harmony within Dagbon is safeguarded.
“All the assistance that my government provided to enable us to arrive at a settlement in Dagbon, which has brought peace and harmony to this ancient state, will continue to be forthcoming to make sure that we consolidate the peace and harmony that has taken place here,” he assured.
The President gave the assurance over the weekend when he paid a courtesy call on the chief of Savelugu, Yoo Naa, Abdulai Andani, as part of his two-day working visit to the Northern Region.
He told the Yoo Naa and his elders that his first port of call saw him pay a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Abukari II.
“I saw him yesterday, sitting in state, in a Dagbon, which is now united and at peace, after which I went to see your brother, Mahamadu Abdulai, Mion Lana in Mion, and today I am here before you, the three people who are responsible for this historic achievement of peace and reconciliation, and unity in Dagbon,” he said
Industrial park land
The President said his government places a great deal of emphasis on expanding access to TVET education, as it offers “the opportunities for self-employment to increase for our young people.”
To this end, he pointed out that the “industrial development in the area, of which the rice processing factory is a part, is going to gain even greater momentum here in Savelugu, and I want to put on record my appreciation and gratitude for the 2000 acres of land that you have dedicated to the Ministry of Trade as an industrial park to get industrial activity going here in Savelugu.”
Earlier on Friday, during a visit to Ya-Naa Abukari II, the Overlord of Dagbon, he commended the President for his outstanding leadership.
He said the ability of the President to facilitate the performance of the Kingdom’s landmark funerals, leading to his enskinment, “is a singular achievement” that has won his “great trust in the minds of Ghanaians and Dagombas, to be precise.”
“The Gbewaa Palace will look forward to work with you in your second term to address the few remaining security threats to the Dagbon Traditional State. The Dagbon State, under my leadership, will continue to support your government to succeed, and provide quality and principled leadership for our region and country to make Ghana a better place,” he assured.
Ya-Naa Abukari II said the Dagbon Traditional Council had put together a development fund to enable Dagbon unleash its economic potential for the general economic development of the kingdom.
He commended the President for his strong leadership during his first term in office, saying that culminated in the implementation of many flagship programmes, including the Planting for Food and Jobs, Free SHS and One-District-One-Factory programmes. “These people-centred policies and programmes have won you the admiration of many Ghanaians,” he stressed.
He added: “The tremendous attention you gave to the birth of the Northern Development Authority, the subsequent sod cutting for Pwalugu Multi-Purpose Dam, and the Tamale Interchange are sufficient steps to leave a great legacy for the northern development.”
He also commended Government for the $30 million Yendi Water Supply project, and appealed to the President to urge the agencies and contractors working on the project to speed up the process to end the water crises in Yendi.
Ya-Naa applauded the MP for Yendi, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama, “for his great and timely intervention in the supply of potable drinking water through the construction of boreholes in some parts of the constituency’s Eastern Corridor Road.”