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Mrs Winifred Dy-Yakah, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, has called on executives of youth and development associations to seek local solutions to development challenges before reaching out to outsiders for assistance.
She said such approach was sustainable and more realistic in dealing with challenges than the tendency to look for outside assistance.
Mrs Dy-Yakah said this at the National Council meeting of the Sissala Union at Lambussie to deliberate on issues concerning the welfare and development of the people of Sissala land.
The meeting elected a 13-member National Council and a nine-member interim executive with Mr Adam Alando as National President of the Sissala Union to draw a constitution and steer the affairs of the union for a one-year term.
Mrs Dy-Yakah said government had created a new district from the Jirapa/Lambussie District for the people of Lambussie constituency aimed to hasten the pace of development of the area.
She said the people owed the NPP government tones of gratitude for the creation of the district and urged them to continue to live peacefully together to reap the full benefits of the district.
Mrs Dy-Yakah said the creation of the district had come at a time a new local government service had been inaugurated to give more responsibilities to the district assemblies.
She said government would put in efforts to get some structures to start the process and appealed to the people to play their roles properly for the effective financing of the assembly by honouring their tax obligations and maintaining peace.
Mrs Dy-Yakah called on Sissalas to invest in education since it was the basis of development, the lack of which there could not be any meaningful development.
She urged them to show interest in the functioning of school management committees to ensure improvement in teaching and learning.
She said it was quite clear that lack of supervision in schools was partly responsible for the poor performance of students and while government was urging educational authorities to intensify supervision, community leaders must also show keen interest in the schools that they managed.
Mrs Dy-Yakah called on the people to take advantage of government pro-poor interventions such as the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), the capitation grant, and school-feeding programme to enroll their children in school.
She also urged them to patronize the National Health Insurance Scheme, the National Youth Employment Programme and the development partners’ assistance such as the treated bed nets and mass immunization.