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02.03.2006 Regional News

Ghana is aiming at scoring high marks in governance

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Bole (N/R), GNA-Abubakar Sadik Boniface, Northern Regional Minister has told a gathering at Bole in the Bole Bamboi district that the NPP government was aiming at scoring a higher political mark as the "government of good governance and development" in Ghana. He said the NPP government had offered Ghanaians the sort of government that they want to live under and that at the end of the second tenure of office, the NPP would score political marks of more than 90 per cent for promoting peace, good governance and freedom of speech.

The Minister was addressing a durbar of chiefs and people of Bole during the second day of his seven-day official tour of the western corridor district comprising Bole Bamboi, Sawla-Tuns-Kalba, West and Central Gonja District.

The tour was for the Minister to acquaint himself with the situation on the ground in the rural areas, and to explain to them government development agenda, and to see how best government could help improve lives in the rural community.

Alhaji Boniface said HIPC funded projects alone throughout the country were some visible testimonies of the development that the NPP government had brought to the country within five years in office. He therefore, appealed to Ghanaians, irrespective of their political background to run to the "elephant", for their fair share of the national cake.

"If it is time for politics, that we run to our various political parties, but when elections are over, we are under one political leader, who will use our tax money to develop our community", he said. The Minister who spoke on a wide range of issues stressed the importance for peace to prevail in the Northern region, saying that if there was no peace, development would continue to elude in the North. The District Chief Executive for Bole Bamboi, Ms Elizabeth Salamatu Foregor, expressed concern about the influx of Fulani herdsmen in the district and called on the Minister to help solve the problem. Alhaji Boniface earlier visited Nuoyiri, a farming community near Bole and commissioned a 240 million cedi three-unit classroom block funded by HIPC for the community.