Minister Calls For Concerted Efforts To Develop Ghana
From Musah Umar Farouq, Wa
THE UPPER West Regional Minister, Bede A. Ziedeng has called on various political parties and religious leaders to use the occasion of Ghana’s 56th anniversary of nationhood to extend a hand of partnership to all, and help develop the region in line with the government’s desire to build a better Ghana.
According to him, we can together arrest the fast degradation of our environment and improve our farm yields and take advantage of the various initiatives under the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) which will improve upon our living conditions and incomes.
Hon. Ziedeng, while addressing the independence day parade at Wa, said that SADA would soon launch an improved Rural Housing-Project that will improve the structure of building to enable the houses withstand the incessant rains and other vagaries of the weather and appealed to community members to buy into the housing projects.
The Regional Minister urged the private sector in the country to play a very active role in solving the country’s energy crisis. He said the energy crisis that the nation is going through is a clear manifestation that government’s efforts to meet the energy needs of the people needs to be supplemented by the private sector and said there is the need for independent power generators to help reduce the energy deficit the country is experiencing.
Hon Ziedeng appealed his constituents to use power judiciously and turn off gadgets that are not necessarily needed at point in time. He further noted that water bodies in the region are all getting polluted mostly through the activities of illegal miners and called on the various district assemblies and the securities agencies to take drastic measures in bringing the situation under control as well as bringing perpetrators to book by allowing the law to take its course.
Ziedeng said while government is seeking players at all levels, there is the need for innovation and the urgent need of thinking outside the box and avoid the attitude of business as usual.
The regional minister also used the occasion to call on all players in the economy, public sector, non-governmental organizations, professionals, trades union organizations, policy think-tanks and other relevant bodies to respond to the clarion call and partner the government in bringing about meaningful and sustainable development in the country.
This, he observed, could be achieved “if we have a common sense of purpose and shared agenda. Government is providing the way and no individual or group should be left behind”.
Meanwhile, the Regional Minister said the smart turn out of the schools and security agencies on the occasion of the 56th Independence anniversary is a happy moments for all Ghanaians both home and abroad “as we are reminded of the freedom won for us by our forefathers, whilst also challenging us to renew our commitment to serve our motherland with the zeal and fortitude at our disposal”.
He said the sacrifices made by several scores of people who laid their lives in the fight for political independence have made it possible for all Ghanaians to enjoy today.
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