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Regional News of Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com

Respect Bawku Mamprusis - Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has asked President John Mahama to be impartial in his appointments of people from the Bawku traditional area.

He cautioned President Mahama against appointing majority of Kusasis to serve in his administration to the neglect of the Mamprusis.

According the Mr. Rawlings, any attempt to totally exclude the Mamprusis from the current National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration could affect the party in subsequent elections.

The NDC founder was addressing the 26th Anniversary of the Samanpiid Festival celebrated by the Chiefs and people of Kusaug in the Bawku traditional area.

He raised eyebrows on the deplorable road network from Bolgatanga to Bawku and called for government's swift intervention.

He challenged President Mahama to live a remarkable footprint by bridging the developmental disparities between southern and northern Ghana.

Mr. Rawlings called for forgiveness and reconciliation between the Mamprusis and Kusasis to move the area forward.

The Bawku Municipal Chief Executive, Issahaku Bukari, appealed to residents of the area to be law abiding and eschew any provocations that will foment trouble in the area.

“Let us see ourselves as one people though with diverse cultures who can co-exist peacefully; it is my expectation that the peaceful atmosphere that has been with us will continue to be with us throughout the moment of celebration and beyond.”

According to the MCE, the Municipality had made significant gains in the areas of education, agriculture, health and water.

He cited the completion of a clinic and nurses quarters at Bugri corner, drilling of 10 boreholes in the Municipality, construction of 12-seater water closet with overhead tank and submersible pump at Bawkzua as some of the projects executed in 2013.

He however decried the falling standard of education at the basic level, and implored teachers there to live beyond reproach.

“It is sad that the output from our basic schools has not been the best and I therefore wish to implore teachers not to rest on their oars, but to continue to work hard in shaping our future leaders.”

Issahaku Bukari equally urged parents to place premium on their children’s education by complementing the efforts of government and teachers to achieve better results.

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