The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has observed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is delivering on its campaign promises in spite of the initial difficulties it faced in putting the economy back on track when it took over the reigns of government from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He further explained that the NPP government had proved skeptics wrong within the 18 months that it had been in power as it was evident that various policies were being rolled out one after the other.
Addressing Muslims and traditional authorities at Navrongo and Zebilla in the Bawku West district and the Bawku municipality, respectively, in the Upper East Region last Saturday
Dr Bawumia intimated that under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP had restored the teachers and nurses allowances, reduced electricity tariffs, introduced the free senior high school programme (FSHS) and was rolling out the Nation Builders Corps policy where 100,000 graduates would be deployed this year to work in the various sectors of the economy.
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Additionally, he said under the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, farmers had access to fertilisers and seeds.
The vice-president further explained that government was working very hard to make sure that the One-Village, One-Dam programme would come to fruition as contracts had already been awarded in that respect.
He indicated that the establishment of the Zongo Development Fund, the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, as well as the establishment of three development authorities for each of the three parts of Ghana— the northern, the middle belt and the coastal areas were all part of the campaign promises that were being implemented.
The Bawku Naba, Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, entreated the government to help resolve chieftaincy disputes in the area.
He also stressed the need for government to expedite action on the completion of the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road.
The 116-kilometre road was awarded to Queiroz Galvao, a Brazilian construction firm, in 2016.
Naba Azoka II appealed to the vice-president to prevail on the government to resolve some mining related issues at Zebilla and Zangoyire.
At the Navro Pio's Palace, the family head and a former ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr Francis Kelugu, commended the government for taking keen interest in the development agenda of the area. He further announced that the final funeral rites of the late Paramount Chief, Navro-Pio Pe Asagipare I, would be held on June 29, 2018 after the installation of a new chief.
The vice-president was accompanied on his Ramadan tour by the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Rockson Bukari; the Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique; a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah; the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun, among others.