A meeting of traditional rulers and the political leadership has taken place in Jirapa in the Upper West region under the auspices of the regional house of chiefs with a call on the traditional authorities to use the natural resources in the region as equity for development.

In a welcome speech delivered by the President of the regional house of chiefs, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton IV stating the proposal “while commending the government for its flagship programmes, I will urge the assemblies collaborate with traditional authorities to use the natural resources in the region as equity to reach private public partnership agreements to propel development and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth”

Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton IV bemoaned the abysmal BECE performance that has characterized the region and called for an action to reverse it.”It’s disheartening to hear that each year some of the worst performing schools in the Basic Education Certificate Examination came from the Upper West region and has urged educational authorities to intensify monitoring of schools’

As community traditional authorities holders, Kuoro Babini reminded them of their roles in assisting school heads to confront the challenge by visiting the schools regularly “traditional leaders should in this regard periodically visit the schools to motivate both teachers and pupils and added that “pragmatic steps I must say, should be taken to reverse the trend to see improvement on the performance of the candidates”

Going forward as chiefs we should continue to serve as agents of change and should be in a position to influence and shape the lives of our respective communities’ members for the better and therefore not relent to galvanize our communities to positive action to improve the fortunes of our respective traditional areas.

The chiefs mentioned last year as being a difficult year but that notwithstanding the house of chiefs discharged its duties creditably with judgement in four chieftaincy cases delivered.

The chiefs also commended and applauded the proprietor of Royal Cosy Hill alias ‘Jirapa Dubai’ in Jirapa Mr. Eric Johnson for his selfless personality for the investment in Jirapa for investing to attract tourist, create jobs and eco-tourism whom other sons of the region must learn from.

The acting regional minister Honorable Amidu Chinnia Issahaku emphasized the role of the chiefs to facilitate in the payment of taxes within their respective jurisdiction and was concerned about indiscriminate tree felling including rosewood which he says can destroy the vegetative cover soon with the direct result being the phenomenon of uncertain rainfall pattern and appealed to chiefs endorsing the illegal logging to stop.

Hon Chinnia reiterated government’s recognition of the roles chiefs’ plays in governance and decentralization in the light of challenges posed by modernity in predominantly rural communities across Ghana and urged for closer ties and collaboration between assemblies as, this will deepen relationship between them.

He announced that the One village One dam policy will commence this year with the passage of the Northern Development Authority under Ministry of special Development initiatives saying a consultant has been selected for the projects with sites identification on going.

Attended by the acting regional minister, Honorable Amidu Chinnia Issahaku and all MMDCES of the region, the President of the house of chiefs described the meeting as a first of its kind; hosting the president’s representatives both at the regional and municipal/district levels




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