Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, has urged the citizenry to remain united and support government to carry out its policies and programmes to benefit them.
He announced that the 11th European Union Development Fund had provided 160 million Euros to invest in agriculture, roads provision and bridges as well as fighting climate change in all the 11 districts in the Region, and the Sissala Area was targeted to benefit immensely.
He said some major roads in the Region would be worked on while others would also be tarred to facilitate the movement of people, goods and services.Mr Issahaku said this at a get-together organised in his honour by the Wa Branch of the Sissala Union to introduce him to his kinsmen.
He pleaded with government to consider establishing a poultry feeding factory in the Sissala whose farmers were predominantly large scale maize producers, would produce more to feed the business and create jobs and other opportunities for the people.
He advised the five Sissala district chief executives out of the 11 district chief executives in the region to be humble to those they interact with and render services to improve the lots of the people and not lord it over them.
He said as district chief executives, they must ensure that grassroots governance was vibrant and functional to advance government’s policies and programmes among the people. Talking about activities of illegal mining which was ongoing in the Wa East District, he tasked the District Chief Executive and the people of the area to consider it as a health and environmental risk to them and should combine efforts to fight its menace.
Mr Issahaku urged parents to live up to expectation to fight indiscipline among the youth, especially teenage pregnancies which he said was destroying the human resource base of Region.
Dr Roger Kanton, President of the Sissala Union said the body was working hard to make Sissali an examinable language in the Basic Education Certificate Examination. The West Africa Examination Council should also consider establishing an examination centre in the Sissala area whose students had to travel to Wa, Bolgatanga and Tamale to write their papers under so many difficulties and challenges.
He appealed to Sissala citizens and all others friends resident in Ghana and outside to support the Union to accomplish “these dreams”. The Sissala Union President appealed also to the Local Government Ministry to consider upgrading Tumu, the Sissala East District Capital to a Municipal status.
He urged farmers in the Sissala Areas to take advantage of improved seeds provided by Savannah Agricultural Institute to boost maize, millet, cowpea, groundnut, and rice production.