Peace and Development Grow in Bawku
2005-09-21 13:41:43This article has been read 1014 times.PEACE, WHICH had eluded the Bawku municipality due to tribal conflicts, is now said to be deeply rooted. According to the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Abdul-Rahman Gumah, this makes him the luckiest MCE.
The MCE, who was one of eight M/DCEs traveling with the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Boniface Gambilla, disclosed this to The Chronicle in an interview in Takoradi over the weekend.
He explained that peace was won through the efforts of traditional authorities, political, religious and civil groups, and by the collaboration and understanding of all the people.
With the conflict behind them, the Municipal Assembly and the people are now focusing on developing the area.
One of the beneficiaries has been the Bawku Secondary School, which is being upgraded by the government with an amount of Â¢16 billion.
Gumah said the British Department for International Development (DFID) has also constructed and furnished 33 schools, culminating in school pupils not having to take their lessons under trees.
He said the assembly, which he described as now fully functional, has constructed 3 modern Early Childhood Development centres. He also indicated that water and sanitation are being tackled, with boreholes being drilled and fixed with windmills to pump water into big tanks to irrigate the land.
The president of the Upper East Citizens Association, Mr. Clement Dandori, told The Chronicle that the main objective of the association is to foster unity and promote development, as well as ensure the peopleâ€™s respect for the law.
Dandori, who is the Coordinating Director for the Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly (SAEMA), disclosed that citizens in other parts of the country would be invited to interact with them to ensure that there is peace and development.
The ceremony was chaired by the Omanhene of Esikado, Nana Kobina Nketiah, and was graced with the presence of the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Boahen-Aidoo, Metropolitan Chief Executive of SAEMA, Mr. Philip Kwesi Nkrumah, and the Paramount Chief of Sakoti in Upper East, Naba Bewong.
The occasion saw the signing of a lease allocating 250 plots of land acquired by the Frafra Chief of Takoradi, Naba Stephen Ayeebo, to citizens of the Upper East region.
During a fundraising, the Publisher and Chief Executive of The Chronicle Media Group, Nana Kofi Coomson, donated an amount of 1million cedis in addition to accommodating some of the guests. He told this reporter that he is a friend of the Upper East.