Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to address the developmental needs of the newly created North East region.
He is in the region on the second day of his tour of the five northern regions to thank Ghanaians for their vote and support in the 2020 elections.
Speaking at a gathering of party executives and supporters at Nalerigu, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said what makes a region is infrastructural projects and not just boundaries demarcating regions.
“You cannot just create regions in name. The regions must be worthy of being called regions. And it is the infrastructure that makes a region a region.”
“If you go to Tamale, you will know that this is the Northern Region; if you go to Bolga, you know that this is the Upper East Region. If you come to Nalerigu, it is a shadow of a region.”
He added, “we don’t only need the regional boundaries to be re-drawn; we need regional infrastructure so that when you come, you will say yes, this is the North East Region.”
Observing that the NDC is a party that thinks about the people, the former President expressed regret over NDC-initiated projects in the region that have been abandoned by the Akufo-Addo and Bawumia government.
“I went and greeted the Nayiri, and before that, the Gambagarana and Gambaga Imam, and the common refrain is when is this government going to continue the projects that were left-off by the NDC administration,” he said.
Among projects that have been abandoned is a new site for the Gambaga College of Education, Community Day Senior High Schools, and the Nalerigu-Bunkpurugu-Nakpanduri road.
President Mahama also decried the increasing spate of armed robberies in the region. He identified low morale and the lack of logistics for the police to fight crime as part of the reason for the insecurity situation and called on government to urgently address the situation.
“The government should avert its mind to the security situation in the northern part of the country. There can be no progress and prosperity without security.”