The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu at the 65th Independence Anniversary urged every Ghanaian to contribute their quota to bring the economy back on track.
He said the Independence Day, which was themed; Working Together, Bouncing Back Better Together, is a day that our Country Ghana salutes our heroes and heroines, who sacrificed and fought against Colonial rule and won us nationhood and Independence.
“Those gallant men and women, some of them from the Security Forces, Politicians, Farmers, Drivers, Market women, Academicians, Students, etc., paid a heavy price to earn us our place as an independent nation on the global scene,” he said.
According to him, the greatest tribute we can pay to those gallant men and women is to commit ourselves to the tenets of sacrifice, hard work, and nation-building.
“These ideals have always been of high significance in the pursuit of national development,” he says. However, for the past 2 years, the entire world has virtually been shut down by Covid-19 with almost every sector being hit heavily, and our country Ghana was not left out.”
He added that, even the most developed countries have not been spared, as the cost of one gallon of petrol which averaged 2.75 dollars in the United States of America, last year – is today selling at around 5 dollars in places such as California in that Country.
Nonetheless, he assured that the NPP Government led by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is working tirelessly around the clock to continue to provide the services needed by Ghanaians for their daily activities and to meet our statutory obligations to make life better for all.
“Development should be seen as a collective responsibility. Therefore, we can make breakthroughs if we collectively work together to challenge the status quo,” he stressed.
He appealed to Ghanaians to rally around the Government during this period and support important initiatives such as the E-levy, to enable the government to generate resources internally and reduce the burden of relying on others.
“Much has already been said about the E-levy and now require us all to give it the needed support to succeed,” he said.
He expressed his profound gratitude to the Lamashe Naa and the Overlord of Dagbon for their good leadership in ensuring the Northern Region is relatively peaceful and calm with commercial and business activities going on normally, after the regrettable incident which took place in Lamashegu on Sunday, 13th February, 2022,
He commended the commitment of our Security Agencies for their resilience despite the challenges they faced in recent times.
He appealed to all and sundry to tackle issues of indiscipline and lawlessness so that we would create a conducive society that will enable us to live peacefully.
He opined that, education remains the cornerstone of any meaningful progressive agenda of any nation. “We are still challenged as a region in achieving the best results in education. Even though we saw marginal improvement in the performance of candidates in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination respectively, there is still much to be done.”
He said, in 2020, the Northern region recorded 11.7% pass rate of students with passes in six (6) subjects, three (3) core including English and Maths in the WASSCE as compared to the 9.3% pass rate in 2019. “There is an increase from 38.4% to 43.2% in the pass rate of students attaining aggregate 6-36 including credit in core subjects in the Basic Education Certificate Examination.”
He revealed that, the region through the Regional Health Directorate has administered 649,867 doses of the vaccines received. Out of this number, 485,839 representing 38.5% have received at least one dose while 196,326 representing 15.5% of the population have been fully vaccinated. He, therefore, entreated all to get involved and get vaccinated at the various health facilities.

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