Yorogo-Tingre (UE), Jan 3, GNA – Mr Solomon Akakeya, Assembly Member for the Yorogo-Tingre Electoral Area in the Upper East Region has called for the regulation of the sale of lands in the area.
He said the Bolgatanga and Bongo Traditional Councils should, as a matter of urgency pass laws to safeguard the lands.
He urged Divisional and Sub Chiefs to strictly enforce the laws to help curb the trend.
The Assemblyman expressed his concern at Yorogo during the celebration of his first anniversary in office as the Assemblyman for the Electoral Area on Monday.
He explained that the rate at which individuals in the communities were selling lands would affect the future generation if the practice was not checked.
“Government and Philanthropists, who want to put up building and other infrastructure projects in deprived communities, cannot do so now because most of the lands had been sold.”
Mr Akakeya said since he assumed office as an assemblyman for the area he has successfully lobbied with an NGO to register 40 deprived people in the community into the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Mr Akakeya said with the support of the Member of Parliament for the area, they have been able to initiate projects such as nurses’ quarters, the construction of bridges and the reshaping of roads and appealed to the management of the Urban Roads to gravel the Gaabisi-Yariga road to make it motorable.
“Electricity is another major concern to my constituents and it is my hope that with support from the Regional Minister, the Member of Parliament, and the MCE, the electricity problem will be solved.”
The Chiefs of Yorogo and Kunkua, Naba Johnson Awuni and Naba Peter Apineyele respectively, pledged to work harder to help arrest the rampant sale of lands in the area
They expressed dismay about the spate of teenage pregnancies in the area and appealed to parents to ensure that they discharged their parental roles effectively.
Naba Apineyele, was not happy with the way trees were being felled in the area for sale and entreated the people to stop the practice, saying that, some people just cut down trees to sell and use the proceeds to drink alcohol.
Mr Opam Brown, the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central promised to support the community with electricity and other projects if he gets the nod to contest as MP for the second time.