Story by : Ilyaas Al-Hasan
Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister has declared that the NPP was going to win the upcoming elections with an overwhelming 1.5 million vote margin.
The Minister made this declaration in an interview with Dan Hassan on Tungsung Radio Saturday, December 5, 2020, as a co-panelist with Dr. S.B. Kangbare, the Upper West Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He said due to the unprecedented achievements of the NPP government, he was confident Ghanaians would seek to consolidate the gains of the country since the party assumed the throne, by going out to vote massively for the NPP and Parliamentary Candidates.
According to him, the aggressive campaigns of the party crisscrossing the region was to ensure the Parliamentary Candidates win in the elections, having been very optimistic that the President was surely going to have his mandate renewed.
On agriculture, the soft-spoken politician said the Planting For Food and Jobs brought a substantial improvement in the lives of farmers while enhancing the food security of the country that led to the exportation of farm produce to neighboring countries.
He added the government was in the process of acquiring a $100 million and $30 million facilities from India and Brazil respectively, to supply fertilizer and farm implements to farmers to facilitate farming in the country.
He also mentioned the revival of the training of agric extension officers to aid in the education of farmers to enhance their yields.
Asked on the achievements of the government on infrastructure, Dr. Hafiz expressed his sadness about the overemphasis on infrastructure at the expense of the larger human growth.
According to him, the roads agenda by the government dubbed ‘Year of Roads’ suffered a great setback due to the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
He said work on the Bulenga-Yaala road was steadily progressing, adding, the Ga-Wechau, Fian-Wahabu, Wahabu-Funsi-Yaala, Ngmankure-Hen and the Wa-Nadowli roads were also ongoing.
He also stated that the construction of the Dikpe bridge which had been on the drawing table since 1952, was also moving on well. The bridge, when complete, will link that part of the country to Burkina Faso to ease travel and enhance trading activities.
The affable politician who is also regarded as a unifier in his party, also cited the Multipurpose Youth Centre in the Wa Municipality which he said had provision for lesser known disciplines such as Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Loan Tennis, among others.
He revealed works on the first phase of the project had already been completed with the second phase, which is the erection of the fencing wall, currently ongoing.
According to him, its completion would afford sports men and women the opportunity to develop their talents well whilst unearthing the talents of upcoming ones.
Dr. Hafiz further mentioned the construction of a 12-Classroom storey block at Northern Star Senior High School in the Wa Municipality.
He said other infrastructural projects in the region also included projects at Tumu Senior High School in Sissala East, Lawra Senior High School in the Lawra Municipality, Nandom Senior High School as well as 3 major projects in Daffiama.
He henceforth called on the electorate to vote for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to continue with his good leadership, policies and programs.