|Mr. David Wuni|
THE District Chief Executive (DCE) for West Mamprusi in the Northern Region, Mr. David Wuni has called for strong cooperation and support of all stakeholders especially the chiefs and people to enable him deliver development to them.
According to the DCE, the development of the communities in the district could be realized only when all the key stakeholders complement his efforts and that of the government towards the implementation of the Better Ghana Agenda, aimed at bringing the needed socio-economic and infrastructural development to the people.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Savannahnews, the West Mamprusi DCE appealed to the traditional authorities, religious bodies, security agencies, civil society organizations, the youth groups and other stakeholders to maintain the prevailing peace and security in the district for an accelerated socio-economic development.
The West Mamprusi District which is one of the largest districts in the Northern Region and strategically located on the Tamale-Bolgatanga highway, according to Mr. Wuni had the goodwill and the potential to become one of the leading commercial centres in the northern sector of Ghana.
He therefore insisted on the chiefs and people to remain peaceful in order to attract more investors or businesses to the area to address the youth unemployment.
The new DCE unveiled his plans to prioritize the promotion of education, healthcare delivery, agriculture, youth and women empowerment, rural electrification, road network and water and sanitation. Mr. David Wuni who described education as the main pivot for socio-economic upliftment in every society, complained about the poor performance of the various schools in the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
The Professionally trained teacher said that the government on its part had provided the necessary infrastructure for effective teaching and learning but the lack of commitment on the part of most of the teachers, parents and students continued to impede the quality of education in the district.
It is believed that most of the teachers absent themselves from school and the few who are regular leave the classrooms before closing time. Mr. Wuni therefore called on the Circuit Supervisors and the Parent Teachers Associations to assist his administration and the District Education Directorate to monitor the activities of the teachers.
|Paramount Chief of Walewale, Wungu Naba Saaka|
He said that he would not tolerate any misdemeanor or indiscipline from any of the teachers, since they owed it a duty to develop the children into useful citizens. He also encouraged parents to show keen interest in the education of their wards, especially the girl child and stop giving them out for marriage and as maidservants.
The DCE also announced his readiness to make agriculture one of the most attractive business ventures for the people especially the youth to reduce the rate of youth unemployment in the district. The government through the District Assembly he noted was supporting the farmers in diverse ways to ensure high productivity.
He noted that the government was also constructing more of the feeder roads in the farming communities to facilitate the movement of goods to the urban centers and also open up the areas for efficient economic activities. Mr. Wuni said that the assembly was also working with the District Security Committee (DISEC) to deal holistically with the Fulani herdsmen to avoid destruction of farm lands and other farm produce.
“We are also monitoring them seriously to ensure that they do not burn the bushes and people’s farms in this dry season. Most of our farmers store their farm produce on their farms and any attempt to burn the bushes can lead to serious devastation which will also result in food insecurity in the district”.
The DCE assured that the government of President John Dramani Mahama was set to build more storage facilities to prevent post-harvest loses by farmers in the District. According to him, the government was conscious of the poor rainfall pattern in the area and was therefore planning to build more irrigation dams to enable the farmers go into all year round farming.
Mr. Wuni therefore reiterated his call for peace and unity among the people. Saying, “Let us desist from acts that would derail the development process of the assembly and come together as one family devoid of political affiliations to transform the West Mamprusi District especially in areas of education, health, sanitation and agriculture”.
He also appealed to investors to take advantage of the peaceful nature and the strategic location of the West Mamprusi District and relocate to the area, where chiefs were ready to allocate lands to them free of charge for their investments.