๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ก ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—š๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐— ๐—œ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—”๐—ž๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—”๐—–๐—˜, ๐—›๐—˜๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—ง๐—›, ๐—˜๐——๐—จ๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก, ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐——๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ฆ

The Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council meeting on Thursday,18 May, 2023 highlighted the issues of peace and security, health, education, roads, and developmental projects in the Northern region.

The council meeting is a periodic exercise that brings together key actors in Northern region development to review the progress of various activities, projects, and programs implemented in the region.

๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—”๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—–๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ง๐—ฌ

Speaking about peace and security, the Hon. Minister said, as people entrusted with public offices and resources, we should always endeavor to create a very conducive atmosphere for the citizens to go about their socio-economic activities devoid of security threats.

“The dedication, commitment, and professionalism of the various security agencies have helped in ensuring the peace and security of the region. The efforts of the security agencies have been complemented by the immense cooperation and support of our traditional rulers, various religious leaders, stakeholders, and all gathered here”, he stated.

He harnessed the opportunity to show appreciation to the revered traditional rulers, religious leaders, development partners, stakeholders, presiding members, assembly members, political parties, opinion leaders, and all workers in the region for the various roles they play in promoting accelerated development in the region and towards ensuring the desired peace and security.

๐——๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐— ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ง๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐— ๐—ฆ
The Hon. Minister, speaking on developmental projects and programs, urged stakeholders to endeavor to commit to the judicious use of both public and donor funds for their intended purposes, to the benefit of our people and the collective development of the region.

He appealed to stakeholders to work efficiently to ensure that the Resilience in Northern Ghana (RING II) and the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) projects currently being implemented in some select MMDAs across the region attain their desired results of positively impacting the socio-economic lives of the rural poor.

He added that the NRCC would ensure the effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation of all these interventions and other government projects to ensure smooth implementations of projects and the management of the districts.

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Speaking on roads, the Hon. Minister stated that the government is committed to boosting the economic viability of the various districts and the region in general through improved road networks.

According to him, there’s evidence in the several road projects that have been undertaken and others still ongoing in the region, including a facelift to the Tamale-Yendi road and the Yendi-Zabzugu-Tatale road.

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The Minister noted that, as part of measures by the government to strengthen the health sector and make healthcare delivery more accessible to citizens, the government is always committed to making the health sector a major priority by positioning itself to deliver effective and efficient healthcare to citizens.

“This is evident in the region through the numerous interventions that have been implemented to strengthen the health sector and make health care delivery more accessible to citizens,” he added.

He noted eight district hospital projects are at various levels of completion under the Agenda 111 flagship initiative and are expected to be ready for use by December 2023.

Beneficiary districts and municipalities under the Agenda 111 projects include Mion, Wulensi, Kpandai, Saboba, Kumbungu, Nanton, Savelugu, and Sagnarigu.

๐—˜๐——๐—จ๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก
Speaking on education, the minister lamented that the region is still grappling with the major issue of low educational performance and standards at all the various levels.

He called for a coordinated approach by all stakeholders and institutions to identify and roll out proactive measures to tackle all negative factors that militate against good performance in the educational sector.

The meeting was attended by the Representatives of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, Hon. Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Hon. Presiding Members, the Chief Director/RCD, Regional Economic Planning Officer (REPO), Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Coordinating Directors (MMDCDs), Regional Heads of Decentralized Department, Staff of the NRCC, and Members of the Media.

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