By Jerry Azanduna
Kpikpira (UE) Feb.28, GNA - Mr Rockson Bukari, the Upper East Regional Minister, has said the development of the youth was one of the top priorities of the government.
To meet that challenge, he said government was providing quality and accessible education including technical and vocational training that would unearth their natural talents.
Mr Bukari was speaking at the 14th Daanjuar festival of the Bimoba chiefs and people at kpikpira in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
The Bimoba festival, which is celebrated annually to remember the origin of the people, discuss development projects and unite the people attracted other Bimobas from the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District in the Northern Region and those in neighboring Togo and Burkina Faso.
Speaking on the theme for the festival, “Using Daanjuar as a tool for the creation of an enabling environment for the youth and small scale business development”, Mr Bukari said planting the youth in an economic and political environment would provide them the opportunity to use their talents to make a living while contributing to national development.
He said the President had since assumption of office, been outlining his vision to create jobs for the youth and the general public and was supporting the agriculture sector with an amount of $125 million dollars to implement a planting for food and jobs campaign which would create 750,000 jobs for the youth.
Mr Bukari said government was a friend of entrepreneurship and would create the enabling environment for all to develop their skills and earn a living.
He called on the youth to eschew negative habits such as unreasonable migration, teenage pregnancies, and early marriages which had negative consequences on them and their families.
Naba Danzuur II, Chief of the Kpikpira traditional area, said the area was faced with development challenges such as poverty and invited NGOs and investors to the area to do business.
He said the people were ready to collaborate with development partners to fight poverty, diseases and ignorance.
The Chief called on the Ghana Health Service to extend the Community Based Planning and Services compounds (CHPS) to the area in order to bring quality health care to the door steps of the people.
He pleaded with them to elevate some of the CHPS compounds to maternity homes to help promote quality maternal health in the area.
Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tempane Constituency, said he would concentrate on improving health care, agriculture development and education as part of efforts to fulfill his mandate.
Mr Kpemka said he was prepared to liaise with the central government, district assemblies, non-governmental organisations and the international bodies to carry out a well-planned health, agricultural and education policies to liberate the people from their economic doldrums.
He said he was committed to developing the area and would use his share of the MP’s common fund for development projects.