General News of Thursday, 14 February 2013
The Upper West Regional Minister-designate, Bede Ziedeng, has proposed the establishment of a military base in the region to enable authorities improve security in the area.
Mr Ziedeng made the proposal as one of the ways the Upper West Region could become a safe area again after various reports of armed robbery and other related attacks.
Mr Ziedeng said the region is generally vulnerable with police posts located far apart and that one of the ways to solve the problem of insecurity in the region is to station military barracks in the region to deter criminals from carrying out their acts.
“The presence of a military establishment is enough force to deter miscreants and other people who think they can take the liberties of the people for granted,” he stated.
“My humble appeal is that the minister for defense should consider rather than having just a detachment from the air force. We should have a permanent military station to take care of security in the region,” he added.
Bede Ziedeng also said the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) if implemented fully should reduce the rate at which youth in the northern part of the country migrate to the south.
“I believe that if the SADA intervention is strong enough, it will be able to hold back a lot of our people up there and we will not see this drift down south,” he said.
“We must all embrace SADA and see how we can ensure that it works for the benefits of everybody,” he added.