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2012-01-26 21:11:39
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THE UPPER East Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo has predicted that the Northern Region will see an ‘economic boom’, if the prevailing peace and stability in the area is sustained by the chiefs and people.

The Minister, who lauded the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and traditional authorities, for working in concert to stabilize peace, especially in the last two years, however, called on the stakeholders to always resort to dialogue in resolving any dispute or conflict situations.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle in Tamale, Mr. Woyongo indicated that “peace in the Northern Region, which is the gateway to the Northern sector, would bring about the needed growth, especially in the areas of employment, infrastructure, agriculture and human empowerment to the rest of the north.

The Upper East Regional Minister had been in Tamale, as the Acting Regional Minister, after taking over from the substantive Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba, who went on a one month leave.

Mr. Woyongo also called for a holistic approach from all the stakeholders to check unscrupulous persons who normally instigate the youth to take up arms to start conflicts.

According to him, the continued maintenance of peace, especially in Yendi, Tamale, Bawku, Bimbilla, Buipe and Yapei-Kusawgu areas would undoubtedly entice more investors and businesses to move into the north and pave way for the smooth implementation of government’s ‘Better Ghana Agenda’, especially the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP).

He revealed that as a result of the infamous Bawku conflict, the performance of almost all the schools in the area in the last few years have worsened, especially at the basic level. Majority of the teachers, he noted, had also refused to accept posting to the area, even though Bawku is one of the commercial centres in the whole of the Upper East Region.

On the other hand, the Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba in an interview with The Chronicle added his voice to the call by his colleague Minister and commended him for holding the fort during his leave.

However, Mr. Mabengba outlined measure by the REGSEC to strengthen security in the Northern Region, especially in the conflict prone areas, in the run up to the December general elections.

According to the Minister, he had in his capacity as the Chairman of the REGSEC directed all the 20 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to resource the security agencies and charge them to nose around and report any threat of violence to the REGSEC for immediate interventions.

Mr. Mabengba, whose administration has so far succeeded in stabilizing the peace in the North, especially in Dagbon, hinted that he was planning to meet with the Regional Director of the Electoral Commission to commence the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings in the region, to sensitise the political party leadership to also educate their supporters to stay away from violence in the coming elections.


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