From Musah Umar Farouq
The Paramount Chief of Tumu in the Sissala East District, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanron VI, has appealed to the government to consider elevating Tumu District into a Municipality.
According to him, the District has seen massive population and infrastructural development, and is the second largest community in the regional capital. He further appealed to telecommunication service providers to provide network for some communities in the area, as the residents have to climb up trees and other high ground to make calls.
The Paramount Chief indicated that the sustainability of the forest cover, which is already depleted, is under serious threat from Chinese citizens across the entire Sissala area, and said that the Chinese lumber men, who claim they have been licensed by the government, fell any tree in sight.
Kuoro Babini said the government, in the year 2012, promised the people of Sissala East a District Hospital, but it is yet to see the light of day, even though a site has already been earmarked for construction work to begin.
He also expressed worry over the low performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE) in the area, and appealed to stakeholders to identify and work hard to arrest the trend.
The Paramount Chief further appealed to the government to promote the cultivation of sheanut to reduce unemployment in the area, because the district is well noted for its high production of sheanut.
In the area of security, Kuoro Babini noted that the upsurge of armed robbery cases in the previous years had now reduced drastically, and commended the Regional and District Police Commander for instituting a sense of discipline and duty consciousness among his personnel, and also for stationing a police barrier at Funsi-Wahabu junction.
He cautioned all political parties and Ghanaians to conduct all political activities devoid of insults, character assassination, confrontations and physical engagements. “My Traditional Council is not prepared to tolerate any party or person who would try to disturb the peace and tranquility the people have enjoyed over the years.”
The Upper West Regional Minister, Amin Amidu Sulemani, has given the assurance to ensure that there is total peace in the region, as we approach this year’s general elections.
Amin Sulemani urged the good people of the region, and all political parties, to work hard to maintain the current peace the country is enjoying. He called on stakeholders to support all efforts and interventions being made to meet the commitments in the social contract entered into with the good people of Ghana.