He also commended them for maintaining peace and unity over the years, a situation he said was important for development and progress.

MahamaPresident Mahama gave the commendation when he addressed the chiefs and people of Mamprugu in their annual Damba festival in the Mamprugu East traditional area.

The Damba festival, which is celebrated throughout the northern sector of Ghana, is to offer the people the opportunity to thank the ancestors for the good harvest in the year under review and to pray for similar harvests in succeeding years.

Under the theme:”Building Mamprugu together with peace and unity”, the festival brought together natives of the area from all over Ghana and beyond to make decisions that would enhance the development agenda of the area.

President Mahama said peace and unity were necessary for the development of the area and called on leaders of the various ethnic groups in the Northern Region to suggest ways and means of bringing all conflicts under control.

He said his administration was focused on developing and changing the lives of all Ghanaians and would therefore provide the necessary infrastructure that would push that development agenda forward.

On the absorption of the private Gambaga College of Education into the public system, President Mahama said he had ordered the Ghana Education Trust Fund to speed up the construction of more projects on the campus to admit more students.

The President also promised to provide motorable roads and potable water to the communities in the Mamprugu areas to make it an attractive destination for both investors and public service workers.

Naa Bohagu Abudulai Mahami Sheriga, Overlord of the Mamprugu traditional area, commended President Mahama for redeeming his pledge to absorb the Gambaga College of Education into the Ghana Education Service.

He called for the creation of two more districts out of the Mamprusi East District to quicken the development pace of the area.

Naa Sheriga also appealed to President Mahama to increase the appointment of people from the area into his government.

Source: GNA


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