The Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba has assured the people of the three Northern Regions that, expansion work on the rural electrification project will commence this year 2011 through which 15 selected deprived communities in all the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions of Ghana will be connected to the national electrification grid.
The project which is expected to be completed in 2012 would among other government social services improve the deplorable living conditions of inhabitants of the selected deprived communities in three regions.
Mr. Mabengba, disclosed this when he addressed the 2011 Annual Congress of the Konkomba Students Union which was held at Lungni in the Nanumba South District of the Northern Region.
He added that government and its development partners had finalized agreements to construct the North-Eastern corridor road network to link up farming communities in that part of the Northern Region with the Southern sector.
The Minister nevertheless stated that all government interventions to bridge the yawning gap between Southern and Northern Ghana will come to naught if the people do not co-exist peacefully.
He advised parents to invest in their children’s education to make them productive citizens whose services will be used to develop their communities.
The Northern Regional Minister recounted the benefits of distance education and advised members of the Konkomba Students Union who are gainfully employed to stay at their duty posts while pursuing further studies through that channel.
Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba expressed worry that cultural adulteration had inundated Konkomba communities and appealed to his kinsmen to rekindle their cultural heritage.
He underscored the need for the Nanumba and Konkomba Student Unions to jointly organize subsequent congresses to seal their bond of unity and reconciliation. This in the estimation of the Northern Regional Minister will completely erase mistrust between Nanumbas and Konkombas for accelerated development.
Bilson Nagna Andrew, President of the Konkomba Students Union was full of praise for government and its development partners for the numerous completed and ongoing projects that are meant to alleviate their plight.
Seeing that conflicts have retarded their socio-economic development, Bilson Andrew added his voice to the call for peace and unity in every part of the Northern Region.
He was optimistic that such occasions will imbibe the spirit of inter-tribal cohesion between Konkombas and other tribes in the Northern Region.
Other speakers at the event include the Member of Parliament for Wulensi, Hon. Alhaji Saani Iddi and his colleague MP for Kpandai and also Minister of State at the Presidency Hon. Kwadjo Likpalimor.
The two Legislators both reaffirmed their obligation to lobby for more development projects for their respective Constituencies but emphasized the need for peaceful co-existence.
Mr. Mabengba and his colleague Minister of State at the Presidency, Hon. Kwadjo Likpalimor made a cash donation of GH¢ 1,000.00 to the Konkomba Students Union.