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07.04.2008 Regional News

Gonjaland Youth repeat call for separate region

By The Statesman

The people of Gonjaland, who occupy greater portion of the Northern Region, have reiterated their call on government to expedite action for the creation of another administrative region out of the present Northern Region to help accelerate development in the area.

The call comes in the face of numerous unaddressed petitions that have been presented to government by the traditional authorities of the land, coupled with government assurances for the creation of the separate region for the Gonja State.

At the 32nd Annual Congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association held recently at Damongo, the association made a passionate appeal to government to take a critical look at the proposal since when considered could address the numerous developmental issues affecting the Northern Region partly due to its vastness.

President of the association Alhaji Ahmed Ewura also appealed to government for the establishment of a teacher training institution in any part of the Gonjaland to help train more teachers who would accept postings to the remote areas.

On infrastructural development, Alhaji Ewura said Gonjaland has had its fair share of the national and regional cakes, but he however noted that not much has been done to improve the road network in the area.

He further called on government to at least tar the roads linking the district capitals to the regional capital, citing the famous Fufulso through Damongo to Sawla trunk road which, he said, needs urgent attention since the area abounds in tourism and other economic activities.

The association however reminded the youth of Gonjaland and all and sundry to be mindful of the fact that irrespective of their political differences, they remain the same people with their number one enemy being poverty, illiteracy and disease, while calling on them to strive to achieve peace before, during and after the impending elections.

The special guest of honour, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, a son of Gonjaland and MP for Salaga and Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, speaking under the theme for the occasion: "Chieftaincy and Development of Gonjaland," said the chieftaincy institution in the Gonja State which used to be "an outstanding model particularly so with very clear cut lines of succession with minimum disputes" is now besieged with numerous disputes which have the tendency to threaten the hard earned reputation of the noble institution, saying that "the situation is of great concern to Government."

He entreated the youth and the people of the area to take advantage of the government's numerous development programmes and enabling political environment currently being enjoyed to improve their living standards.

By slarge

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