An amount of ў130 billion which was made available for women's groups in the Bawku Municipality between 2001 and 2004 for income generation activities, could not be accessed and had to be returned to chest due to the protracted communal conflict in the area.
Boniface Gambila, Upper East Regional Minister, disclosed this at the second get-together of the Bawku Moshi Youth Association at Bawku yesterday.
The event, under the theme, 'Peace and unity, a necessary tool for development,' brought together Moshies from all over the country, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Mr. Gambila said however that the money would be available again now that there was abundant evidence that peace had already returned to the area.
Commending the organizers for their foresight and determination to foster unity among the people, he said “it is now clear that the people have realized that they had been used by selfish people to achieve their personal agenda.”
He said that due to the peace the government had provided a number of development projects, including school buildings, roads, clinics, the Capitation Grant and the free-school-feeding programme to raise the standard of living of the people.
He, therefore, appealed to the people to support the government to push through all its development programmes.
Abdul Rahman Gumah, Bawku Municpal Chief Executive, praised the Moshie community in the area for their enterprise and effective contribution towards the development of the area.
He urged them to join hands with government to fight poverty, ignorance, disease and illiteracy by sending their children to school.