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250 Billion Cedis for Northern Development Fund

2007-12-10 23:07:55
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Mustapha Idris Ali
The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Idris has announced a 250 billion cedi seed money to set up a Northern Development Fund aimed at bridging the North-South gap. He said the establishment of the fund is to reaffirm the government’s commitment to ensuring the well being of all Ghanaians.

The minister, who was giving an address at the Northern Regional Farmers’ Day held at Saboba in the Saboba Chereponi District expressed concern about the ever-increasing rate of bushfires in the three Northern Regions and called on district assemblies to review and implement laws on bushfires to address the situation.

Alhaji Idris reminded Ghanaians of the 2008 general elections, which, he said, required the commitment of all to ensure peace and unity before, during and after the elections, no matter whichever party emerged as winner.

He advised farmers not to dispose of farming in 2008 and follow politicians since all Ghanaians would be depending on them for food adding, "You have the key to sustaining our economy. Don’t let election 2008 divert your attention from farming."

Mr. Azumah Namoro Sanda, Saboba/Cheriponi District Chief Executive called for measures to rehabilitate all roads leading to food producing centres to ensure that farmers gained from their

He commended the government for creating the Chereponi District and gave the assurance that he would collaborate with whoever would be appointed to head the new district for development.

The Northern Regional Director of the Food and Agriculture, Mr. Sylvester Adongo, advised farmers in the three northern regions not use the recent flooding as a justification to abandon farming.

He said every business had a risk facet and that the disaster was of natural cause, which no one had control over and called on farmers not to be discouraged this year’s weather hazard as means of deterring them to quit farming.

In all, 27 personalities including five women and a blind person received various prizes with a 38-year-old Nakoja Batumbe, from Kpandai in the newly created Kpandai District emerging as the overall regional best farmer.

Mr. Adongo appealed to the Meteorological and Hydrological Services Departments to create early warning sign systems to provide timely information to those living in the low land areas.


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