Mr Caesar Kale, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister has called on members of the Northern Students Union (NSU) to launch a crusade towards uniting people in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions for development.
He said uniting the people of the three northern regions and educating them on issues undermining their development and patching up their differences as well as the disputes amongst them must be the topmost priority of the union.
Mr Kale made the call when he opened the NSU Week Celebration in Wa on Friday.
He urged members of the union to ensure that land and chieftaincy disputes as well as inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic conflicts were addressed amicably to help secure peace for the people.
“Are you not worried that anytime there is trouble a northern boy is fingered ?
As students you need to protect your future and not allow anybody to jeopardize your life for you,” he said.
Mr Kale charged the students not to relent in their efforts to help address the poverty and under-development challenges in the area through education.
On development of the three northern regions, the Deputy Regional Minister said government had allocated GH?30 million to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority and working hard to source for more funds to support it.
He called on the people to have patience with the government, saying already the Mils Administration had provided a lot of educational infrastructure, health facilities, potable water, electricity and other social amenities to the people.
Mr Kale announced that two new senior high schools would be opened at Funsi and Gwollu in September while in the health sector, constructional work on five polyclinics are expected to be completed by April this year.
He said 400 communities in the region would be connected to the National Electricity Grid to enhance cottage industry among the people.
Mr Hafiz Bin Salih, Regional Second Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, who chaired the occasion, said lack of commitment to the course of the union must be a source of worry to all.
He said the establishment of ethnic and district based unions had weakened the mother union and asked the students to address these challenges to make the body more vibrant.
He warned the students not to gamble with their ages during the biometric voter registration exercise because it could cause them their early retirement from government work. GNA