Mr Albert Akoka Alalzuuga, District Chief Executive for Garu Temapane, in the Upper East Region, has expressed concern about the high rate of motor accidents in the area.

He has, therefore, called on stakeholders to help address the problem.

The DCE made the call during the celebration of this year?s Danjuar Festival at Kpikpira in the Garu-Tempane District, and indicated that about 80 per cent of Out Patient Department cases at the Bawku Hospital were motor accidents.

He said out of this percentage, 90 per cent of the cases were from the Garu-Tempane District, and noted that even though the police were doing well to ensure that motor users complied with motor traffic rules, the problem of political interference was dominant in the area, and often led to non-compliance of traffic regulations.

He, however, called on the Police to step up education on motor traffic regulations, and strictly enforce the laws.

He appealed to stakeholders, including traditional rulers, to join the crusade in admonishing the people, particularly the youth, who were greatly involved in accident cases.

He impressed upon motorbike riders to endeavour to wear crash helmets to save themselves jn times of accidents.

On development, the DCE said the District had recorded a number of development projects, and named them as school buildings, boreholes and the provision of pavilions to traditional councils in the area.

He reminded the community members that development now was becoming increasingly community-based, and called on them to get actively involved when it comes to development issues, adding that the Assembly would ensure equitable distribution of projects and programmes across the District without discrimination.

In a welcome address, the Chairman of the Bimoba Union, Sergeant Yaro Konyennir (Rtd), said the celebration of the festival which is the eleventh edition, had united all Bimobas all over the country, and exhorted all stakeholders, including traditional rulers, opinion leaders, and political leaders, to continue to work hard to sustain the peace in the area.

He expressed regret at the blind imitation of foreign cultures, particularly by the youth to the detriment of the African tradition which had values that promoted peace and development, stressing that, ?this has led the youth to adopt dangerous lifestyles which pose threat to lives and the entire society?

The DCE commended the two Members of Parliament for the area, Messrs Dominic Azembe and David Adakudugu including members of the District Assembly for the tremendous development they had brought to the area, and urged them to continue to do more.

The occasion which was on the theme ?The use of Traditional Festivals as Weapons for Peace, Unity, Stability, Development and Cultural Sustainability?, attracted people from all walks of life, including state functionaries. GNA

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