Northeast Regional Minister Zakaria Yidana said he would encourage healthy and effective collaboration between his office and stakeholders in the region to ensure rapid development and improved livelihoods of the people.
He said there was a need for the young Region to make rapid progress in development to catch up with the older Regions which were very advanced, and urged all stakeholders in the Region to support its development agenda.
“In order to make rapid progress and lift the region out of poverty and destitution, I have launched a process of creating a center which will be known as the Northeast Regional Center for Integrated Development”, a- he declared.
He explained that the Center would identify and engage think tanks with great expertise in all disciplines with the sole aim of harnessing local, national and international resources to support the implementation of short and long development plans. long-term in the region as part of development. Strategies.
“The Center will focus on strategies for the rapid socio-economic, environmental, tourism and cultural development of the Northeast region. I urge all sons and daughters to support and make this vision a reality. “
Mr. Yidana said this when speaking to a chiefs durbar in Nalerigu, on development progress in some key sectors in the region.
Addressing some development projects in the region, the minister, who is a former deputy registrar of the Tamale campus of the University of Development Studies (UDS), said that the ongoing construction work of the Regional Coordinating Council building were progressing at a rapid pace.
“We also have in progress the construction of a circuit court and the national health insurance project as well as many road projects in the Northeast region,” he noted.
Mr Yidana said that as part of efforts to improve the quality of education in the region, there would be stakeholder forums of leaders, academics and non-governmental organizations, to help them address the challenges. education sector in the region.
Regarding agriculture, the minister indicated that there had been an improvement in the distribution of subsidized fertilizers to farmers in 2019 and 2020.
He said a total of 70,614 bags of subsidized fertilizer were distributed to farmers in 2019, while a total of 217,780 bags were distributed in 2020 under the “Plant for Food and Agriculture” program. employment (PFJ).
He noted that the distribution subsequently increased maize and rice production by 102,047 metric tons in 2020 from 63,675 metric tons in 2019, and hoped the fertilizer subsidy would be maintained.