The Government in its efforts to make electricity accessible to deprived communities has secured a 115 million-dollar loan to commence a rural electrification project in the Upper East region to connect about 500 communities onto the national grid.
Meanwhile, about 138 communities are currently being provided with electricity under the sponsorship of Government of Ghana (GOG). Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s Regional meet-the-press forum in Bolgatanga, Upper East regional capital, the Regional Minister, Mr. Mark Owen Woryongo, added that the government will in addition, roll-out a solar lighting programme to communities who are too scattered by their location to benefit from the project.
According to the Regional Minister, the region has so far benefited from government’s new policies and programmes that were rolled-out upon assumption of office, whilst existing projects are being continued.
Mr. Woryongo attributed the huge increament in Basic Education enrolment in the Region to government interventions on the distribution of free exercise books and uniforms.
He said, 300,000 and 29,799 exercise books and set of school uniforms respectively were distributed to school children throughout the region.
“The continuity of existing projects like the Capitation Grant as well as the existing School Feeding Programme also impacted well on the basic education sector,” noting that the latter has been extended to include 46 new schools.
Mr. Woryongo further stated that the government has also expanded the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, to cover 42 communities with a total of 5,828 beneficiaries, adding; “it has social protection connotations that falls in line with the New Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Better Ghana Agenda.’’
On agriculture, the Regional Minister noted that, the government’s introduction of the Fertiliser Subsidy Programme, boosted crop production in the region last year, with a total of 157,400 coupons for various types of fertilisers issued to farmers.
According to the Regional Minister, the Block Farm component of the Youth in Agriculture project, has also seen a total of 2,958 farmers benefitting from the programme.
Explaining the situation on the 500 million-dollar Pwalugu Hydro Project, Mr. Woryongo said, the Volta River Authority (VRA) is undertaking a second feasibility study to divert the course of water bodies to avoid flooding.
Briefing the press on the current state of the Bawku crisis, the Regional Minister noted that concerned traditional leaders in the area have come into an agreement on the need to pacify the gods of the land before the actual peace pipe can be smoked.
Meanwhile, curfew hours imposed on the area has also been relaxed to enable the Muslims observe the month of Ramadan.
Source: ISD (Elvis Adjei-Baah)