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03.07.2004 Regional News

Bawku enters into Sister City Relations With Zorgho

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Bawku (U/E) July 3, GNA - The Mayor of Zorgho in the Ganzourgou province of Burkina Faso, Monsieur Francois Xavier Kabore on Tuesday called on political leaders in the West Africa Sub-Region to muster the necessary political will to implement policies which served the interest of their people.

He said the leadership reposed in them should be seen as authority to execute projects without being manipulated by a few self-seeking individuals.

Monsieur Kabore, who is the leader of a 13-member Burkinabe delegation on a three-day familiarization visit to the Bawku East Municipality, stated these at Bawku.

The delegation is on a reciprocal visit by the Bawku East Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Abdul-Rahman Gumah, to Zorgho last month, aimed at strengthening the relationship between the people of Bawku and Zorgho in the areas of education, agriculture, security, health and commerce. The Burkina Faso delegation visited some selected basic schools in Bawku, the Bawku Secondary School, Bawku Technical Institute and the Bawku Vocational Institute to interact with tutors and students and to learn how Ghana's educational system operated.

The delegation later met a cross-section of the community leaders and discussed various issues to further strengthen the co-operation and cement the relations between the two sister cities.

Monsieur Kabore observed that educational institutions in Ghana were relatively well equipped with the requisite manpower and tools, which he hoped, would be translated into social progress. He noted that quality leadership and political will would be dynamic forces to make the people realize their dreams of getting liberated from poverty and hardship.

Monsieur Kabore praised the Government of Ghana for its educational and health policies and expressed the hope that stakeholders would support the authorities to achieve national objectives.

Mr Abdul-Rahman Gumah, said cooperation between the sister cities would go a long way to enhance the living standards of the people. He said the co-operation would be strengthened with exchange programmes in the areas of education to enhance the learning of French and English Languages.

Mr Gumah said plans were far advanced to remove barriers, which impeded the free movement of people and goods across the borders of Ghana and Burkina Faso.

He said the areas of co-operation between the two countries would be extended to include security to curb the rising spate of cross-border crimes.

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