By Jerry Azanduna/Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bawku (U/E), Dec. 29, GNA – Naba Asigri
Abugragoe Azoka II, Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional Area, has
commended government for its continuous effort in sustaining peace at Bawku.
He said the people appreciated government’s
interest and efforts at sustaining the peace, as it had brought back life to
the area, which was steadily gaining back its reputation as the largest
business hub in the Upper East Region.
Naba Azoka said this at the 32nd Annual
Samanpiid Festival of the chiefs and people of Bawku Traditional Area, on the
theme; “Harnessing the Economic, Social and Cultural Heritage of our People for
the Development of Kusaug.”
He said detailing adequate security
personnel to keep the peace, protect lives and property, and ensure the success
of the Festival was a great move, which had contributed to making the people
understand the need for peaceful coexistence with one another.
Naba Azoka said the Government’s flagship
programmes, including the Planting for Food and Jobs, One Village One Dam, and
fertilizer and farm inputs subsidy, among others, had increased agricultural
production and thereby improved the livelihood of the people.
He urged government to extend the “Rearing
for Food and Jobs” programme to the area and complete the construction of the
warehouses earmarked to store farm produce for export and local
The Chief appealed for the construction of
more health and educational facilities to enable more people to benefit from
health services and education.
The Festival was characterised by
traditional drumming and dancing, pouring of libation, traditional songs and
The Bawku Naba is the Overlord of the Kusaug
Traditional Area (Bawku) with about 58 chiefs comprising 33 sub-chiefs and 25
divisional chiefs under his jurisdiction.
The Festival was graced by Vice President Dr
Mahamudu Bawumia and former President John Dramani Mahama, the diplomatic
corps, Paramount Chief of the Chiana Traditional Area, Pe Thomas Ditungidini
Adiali Ayagtam III, Representative of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Sumankwahene
Baffour Asabre Kogyawoasu Ababio III, and some dignitaries from neighbouring
Burkina Faso and Togo.