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06.11.2007 General News

Create Separate Assembly For Mion

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman - newtimesonline.com

The Member of Parliament for Mion in the Northern Region, Dr. Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu, has appealed to the government to create a Mion District Assembly with its capital at Sang.

“The creation of a Mion district has been on the drawing board since the 1990's. The area should be more than qualified to become an independently managed district assembly,” he said. While commending government for raising Yendi to a municipality status, he said the creation of Mion as a district will facilitate rapid economic and social development of the area which is remote from the centre.

Dr Yakubu was speaking to the Times at Parliament House last Friday after touring the constituency during the recess.

He said the tour took him to 20 communities including Jimle, Sang, Sambu, Kpligine, Sakpe and Sanzie.

The rest were Kulunkpegu, Mbatinga, Gunsi, Kpabia, Sunson-Gbung, Yipala, Sakpegu and Gbungbaliga.

He said the tour had enabled him to apprise himself of development problems that had emerged, particularly after the recent floods and its impact on agriculture and other economic activities.

Dr Yakubu said he also took the opportunity to interact with the constituents and to respond to issues raised about the work of Parliament.

Dr Yakubu said the Yendi District as currently composed is very difficult to manage due to its vastness, poor road infrastructure and remoteness of most of the rural and agricultural communities.

He said if government should fast track the creation of the Mion District Assembly out of the Yendi Municipality, the dual vision of easier management of the new municipal assembly and rapid economic and social development of the Mion area would be achieved.

Dr. Yakubu said the poor road infrastructure in the constituency has been worsened by the heavy rains that had washed away roads and bridges.

The MP appealed to the government to construct the road between Kpabia and Dabogni which had been on the drawing board for a long time.

“Construction of that road should open up the south-eastern corridor of the Mion Constituency into the Nanumba East District and thus improve economic activities and communication in the area,” he said.

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