District Chief Executive for Wa West, Laabiri Edward Sobo has expressed worry over the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the district.
Even though Mr Sobo failed to give the percentage of teenagers who are pregnant, he claimed the district has the highest rate in the Upper West Region.
The DCE made the statement at the 57 anniversary celebration of Republic Day at Wechiau.
He urged parents to be responsive and for the public to be supportive in keeping their roles as gate keepers of the society.
Mr. Laabiri said the NPP government and its development partners are doing their best to improve girl child education for girls to realize their fullest potential in life.
“If we allow teenage pregnancy to wipe away these investments, we are but shooting ourselves in the foot,” he noted.
He added that the purpose of the government policies in education sector like the Free Senior High School and other laudable policies, would be defeated if the issues are not tackled immediately.
Mr. Laabiri congratulated the Wechiau Traditional Council for initiating a programme to reduce to the barest minimum, the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the district.
He entreated traditional authorities whom he described as the embodiment of their cultural heritage, to consider the length of time used for the performance of funeral rites.
The Wa West DCE urged the Senior Citizens to take advantage of government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs, to boost food production in the district as well as discouraging the youth from migrating to the southern belt of the country in search of non-existent jobs.