South African High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Grace Jeanet Mason paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council Saturday, 20 March, 2021 to strengthen relationships for the development of both countries.

She passed on her good wishes to the Minister for his appointment and make known of her expectations within the 4 years of the regional minister mandate.

She is optimistic that, her visit will strengthen the relationship and corporations in furtherance to the partnerships that exist between both countries. “I do not want to have ceremonial visits but ones that have to do with tangible programmes and projects that will further strengthen our relationship for the purpose of development.”

She added that the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area which is in line with Kwame Nkrumah dream of a United Africa presents an opportunity for partnerships and making sure there is ease of movement and expansion of markets.

According to him, the Northern Region could be the food basket of the country, thus South Africa is willing to partner with the office of the minster to make that a reality.

“The partnership will focus more on information and Communication Technology, and infrastructure. I hope this partnership will come up with working programmes to enable us take the relationship forward in concrete terms that will yield tangible results.”

The newly appointed Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu expressed his excitement for the visit and noted that, the Northern region is a well-endowed area especially in terms of Agriculture.

“Securing a land here to farm is not difficult because the lands are under the control of the Chiefs with no or little interference from the Government in the distribution of lands, this makes it easy for one to engage in farming, animal husbandry and the likes.”

He said, his office mandate is to facilitate the development processes in the region and would be very much interested in any individual or organization who seeks to work for the development of the region.

“God willing, I have a mandate of 4 years, obviously I would want to impress the president and the people of Northern Region to have my mandate extended, hence I will need people like you to help me achieve my aims and also project myself in a different light.”

He added that, his office will look at the opportunities available and have further discussions with the high commissioner, adding that he has a special interest for agriculture.

The Chief Director/RCD of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku speaking at the occasion said, the Minister is poised to make a mark that people can always look back and be proud of, thus he recognizes partnerships and collaborations as some of the ways of developing the region.

He noted that, South Africa is quite similar to Ghana in terms of climate and some other endowment, therefore the visit is an opportunity for them to see what they have in common and work together for the development of both countries.

Issah Fuseini
Public Relations Officer, NRCC

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