The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the assurance that implementation of his campaign promises would prove critiques wrong who doubted the genuineness of those promises in the 2016 general elections.


President Akufo-Addo touted the Free Senior High School (SHS)Programme which had started successfully in 2017 and had since been running effectively for over one year now, as one of those promises.


He pledged government’s preparedness to look for innovative ways to ensure that the programme was sustained and expanded in the near future, adding that the sector ministry had secured clearance for the employment of 8,000 additional teachers for postings to the various SHSs throughout the country before end of 2018.


Addressing a durbar of the Chiefs and People of the Bongo Traditional area in the Upper East Region as part of his two-day working visit to the Region, he indicated that one by one, his government was gradually delivering all that it had promised to do for the nation and referred to the restoration of the  Nurses and Teacher-Trainee allowances, One Village, One Dam (1V1D)programme which  had started in the Bongo District, completion of the Kabre and Kuyelingu dams and a third, which was ongoing in the Ayopia community.


On the 1V1D programme, he disclosed that about 570 dams were earmarked for construction in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions and that, Bongo was to receive 10 of these dams in 2018 alone.


The President, who had earlier cut sod for the construction of the Bongo-Balungu-Namoo road, said the contractor had the capability to deliver a good job which was scheduled for completion within 12 calendar months.


President Akufo-Addo pledged that government would continue to look for innovative ways to ensure that the programme was sustained and expanded in the near future.


He said he was inundated with requests for road projects but explained that the though these often needed huge capital to undertake, his government would not turn a blind eye to such important demands by the people.


Touching on the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, he noted that in 2017, several thousands of subsidised fertilizers, improved seedlings and other farm inputs were distributed to over 200,000 farmers across the country of which 30,000 farmers from the Upper East Region benefited while Bongo District had 5,000 of this number. "This year, it is our intention to increase the number of farmers under the programme to 500, 000,” the President disclosed.


In a welcome address, Naba Baba Salifu Atamaale Lemyaarum, Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, commended the President for his quick response to the people’s cry for the construction of the Bongo-Balungu and Namoo roads which had been in a very poor condition for a long while.


He noted, however, that a total feeder road network of 78.9 kilometres were currently under various stages of construction across the district.


Naba Lemyaarum made a passionate appeal to the President for a modern district hospital for the area and gave the assurance that there was adequate land for such a project.


He said the current facility serving the whole district could not measure up to the standard of a proper district hospital as it lacked a mortuary, an ambulance and other vital departments while children and females shared a common ward.


Meanwhile, the second day of the President’s tour took him to the Builsa North District where he cut sod for the construction of an ultra-modern two-storey headquarters for the Sandema Police Command.


He also inspected ongoing works on a grains’ warehouse in the area after which he addressed a durbar of the chiefs and people of the Builsa Traditional Area.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)




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