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Dagbon Yells For `Martial Plan`

2007-07-09 23:07:47
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Although development experts believe strongly that development cannot triumph in any conflict prone community anywhere, the Yendi District of the Northern Region which has suffered several conflicts emanating from political, land and chieftaincy disputes in recent times, is however fast developing.

The district though has not achieved 100% development to meet the total needs and aspirations of the inhabitants, one can describe as very impressive when basic amenities needed for the sustenance of the people are considered.

However, the major problem militating against all Chiefs, Religious and Opinion leaders as well as the District Assembly is mainly how to attract investors to establish in the area. During the 2002 Dagbon crisis, most investors who fled the district have not seen the need yet to return to the district apparently due to the bad picture painted of the district by some people in Ghana.

The non-existence of investors in the district, this paper can say is greatly compounding the existing unemployment burden. In spite of the ongoing National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) by the government, about 75% of the youth and women in the area presently are not into any lucrative ventures.

A two day visit by The Chronicle to the Yendi District realized that normalcy or serenity has returned to the area as most people were seen going about their normal daily businesses with no fears.

This reporter, who was keen to see several security personnel patrolling the town, rather spotted fewer than six military men and some few police personnel walking along the streets comfortably, which signifies that absolute peace has returned to the area.

Yendi is one of the biggest commercial centres strategically positioned in between four other districts in the Northern Region of Ghana, including Tamale, Saboba/Chereponi, Nanumba North and East Gonja .

The District which was without District Chief Executive for several years, has within the last two years been provided with the indispensable basic amenities including, schools, health centres, potable drinking water, electricity, telecommunication facilities, security and roads equitably to all communities by the government. Over 12 new schools, four new health centres, three new markets, teachers and nurses accommodations, boreholes have been provided in some key communities for easy accessibility for all inhabitants.

The government is also connecting the district capital Yendi with roads, for easy transporting of farm produce to the urban centres. Communities like Zugu, Chogu, Imargo, Bagbani, Sang, Jimle, Gnani, Adebo and Banvom-Nayire among others have all had their shares.

Currently, the Yendi District also the traditional capital of the Dagbon State with a population of about 400,000 as a result of its steady progression has been selected by the Local Government Ministry for a Municipal status, waiting for confirmation.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Hon Mohammed Habib-Tijani in an interview told The Chronicle that, government had put in place all the necessary infrastructures and security measures to ensure total comfort of potential investors and the local people.

He reaffirmed that total peace, calmness and order had returned to Yendi, but quickly bemoaned what he termed “the hard speculations” over the past Yendi crisis by some Ghanaians most of whom he indicated had not ever visited the area. The DCE therefore challenged such dishonest persons to visit the Yendi township to familiarize themselves with the prevailing peace in the area.

Mr. Habib-Tijani however unveiled plans of the assembly in liaising up with some NGOs and companies down south of Ghana and other countries to establish centres in the district.

According to the DCE, the Assembly in collaboration with chiefs and opinion leaders was set to release any amount of land required to any interested investor with little or no fee. Hon Habib-Tijani therefore called on the people especially the youth to defend and sustain the prevailing peace for the betterment of the district. He commended all the local NGOs assisting the development of the district especially Northern Region Poverty Reduction Programme (NORPREP), Action Aid International Ghana and CBRVP among others.

source: Chronicle

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