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Regional News of Saturday, 21 February 2015

Source: GNA

Builsa South makes strides in infrastructure development

The Builsa South District in the Upper East Region is making significant impact in the area of infrastructural development.

Mrs Elizabeth Jane Afiuc, the District Chief Executive (DCE), speaking at the Government for the People’s forum in the district, said apart from educational infrastructure development, the road sector was also receiving a major boost.

She mentioned ongoing road projects to include the Nyandema-Kanjarga road, the Kanjarga-Musidema Feeder road, works on the Bachonsa-White Volta Feeder phase one, Fumbisi-Zamsa-Kadema road, Fumbisi-Nadema-Uwasi road, Uwasi-Zamsa road and Fumbisi Gbedembilisi road.

Mrs Afuic said the district, which was established three years ago, was one of the food baskets of the country producing particularly rice, maize, millet, sorghum and engaging in animal rearing.

She said the roads, when completed, would facilitate the carting of farm produce as well as alleviate the plight of traders who usually travelled from the southern areas to transact business in the district.

Mrs Afiuc said to help open more cottage industries in the area to provide employment and livelihoods for the people, the district, in collaboration with Government, was working hard to ensure that the communities were covered by the Rural Electrification Project.

Under the School Feeding Programme, the DCE said 10 deprived schools were benefitting from the programme whilst plans were underway to get more schools into the programme, adding; “the school feeding programme has led to the increase in school enrolment and retention.”

“In an effort to make health delivery accessible to all, the assembly, in collaboration with the District Health Insurance Scheme, has arranged for registration and renewal of clients’ identification cards in Fumbisi whilst efforts are being made to establish a District Insurance Secretariat,” she said.

She said the assembly had also renovated some structures near the Fumbisi Central Market for the District Fire Service and efforts were being made to secure accommodation for the 16 fire officers who had been posted there.

“The Assembly has also taken delivery of a Fire Tender to fight fires in the district,” she said.

Mrs Afuic said in view of the Street Naming and Property Systems to facilitate the mobilisation of revenue generation, there was the need for all stakeholders including traditional rulers, development partners and civil society organisations to support the young district to accelerate development.

The Government for the People’s Forum, used as a tool for the district assemblies to render their stewardship, afforded the people the opportunity to participate in the decision making process and make inputs in education, health, agriculture and the road sectors among others.