Wungu (N/R), Feb. 7, GNA – The Paramount Chief of the Wungu Traditional Area in the West Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, Wunaba Naa Zori Saaka Sulemana has expressed appreciation to the Government for creating the Mamprugu-Moaduri District, with headquarters at Yagaba which, he said, would accelerate the development of the area.
He noted that the new district, which had been carved out of the West Mamprusi District, would open up the “oversea” area, about 90 per cent of which falls within the Wungu paramountcy, and bring a marked improvement in the lives of the people.
The Wunaba who was speaking at a durbar of the chiefs and people of the traditional area at Wungu as part of this year’s Damba festival, said the creation of the new district did not, however, mean that the area was going to be traditionally autonomous from the paramountcy.
The celebration, which had the theme, “Building Peace towards Election 2012”, was attended by all the 48 divisional and sub-chiefs in the Wungu Traditional Area of Mamprugu, including Walewale the capital of West Mamprusi District.
Wunaba Saaka said even though the entire Wungu Traditional Area had over the years witnessed a significant improvement in infrastructural development in terms of school infrastructure, health facilities and roads, there were still a number of projects the people needed.
He mentioned the tarring of the Walewale-Wungu road, the construction of the Yagaba Senior High School, the construction of a bridge over the White Volta at Wuyima and the provision of boarding facilities for the Walewale Senior High School as some of the projects dear to the residents of the area , and appealed to government to provide them with those projects.
The Paramount Chief also appealed to the government, through the Northern Regional Minister, to consider providing a Teachers’ Training College for the Mamprugu Traditional Area and pledged to release about 100 acres of land for that purpose.
He expressed concern about the poor performance of pupils in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in recent times and appealed to the Ghana Education Service to help address the short fall of about 600 teachers in the West Mamprusi district to improve teaching and learning as well as pupils’ performance.
He entreated parents to take keen interest in the education of their wards by ensuring that they were not left loose after school to engage in social vices at the expense of their studies.
He announced a ban on record dances in the area and urged all his divisional and sub-chiefs to take all possible measures to ensure that parents got the best out of their wards.
The West Mamprusi District Chief Executive, Adam Banabelsera Yussif described the theme of the celebration as very appropriate, especially when the country was preparing for the 2012 elections.
He said government had established a new Senior High School at Yagaba and that plans were underway for the establishment of a Teachers’ Training College in Mamprugu, adding that under the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) initiative, government had earmarked 18 million pounds sterling for health, education, roads and other projects in 10 communities in the district.
The DCE also indicated that four major projects were to be undertaken at Walewale, as part of preparations to upgrade the area to the status of a municipality, stressing that a new storey building will be constructed at the Walewale lorry park, while the new market in the township would be developed into a modern lorry park.
The Tamale Metropolitan Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Alhaji Razak Saani called for political tolerance and peaceful co-existence before, during and after the 2012 elections.