The chiefs and the folks of the Kusaug Common Location in the Higher East Area climaxed this year’s Samanpiid Competition with a durbar attended by the mighty and the high in Bawku previous Saturday.
The Asantehene’s Sumankwahene, Baffour Asabre Kogyawoasu Ababio III, also led a delegation from the Asante Kingdom to witness the competition.
The 32nd Samanpiid Pageant, which showcased the loaded cultural heritage of the chiefs and men and women of the common place, was characterised by classic dancing, tunes, colourful costume and speeches.
The Samanpiid is an yearly pageant celebrated by the Kusasis in the Kusaug Standard Area in the Higher East Region to demonstrate appreciation to God for a bumper harvest.
It was initially celebrated in 1987.
This year’s competition was on the topic: “Harnessing the economic, social and cultural heritage for the enhancement of Kusaug”.
Sustenance of peace
The Vice-President expressed appreciation to the people today for the prevailing peace in the region and urged them to do the job tricky to sustain it for accelerated advancement.
He charged the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee and other stakeholders to guarantee that Bawku “does not return to the dim days of conflict”.
“It is gratifying to be aware that Bawku is back again, and I will entreat the Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee to keep on doing the job together to encourage lasting peace in the area,” Dr Bawumia additional.
He gave an assurance that function on the Bolgatanga-Bawku stretch of the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom highway would be accomplished by July 2020, though the part among Bawku and Pulmakom would be done by the conclude of 2020.
He, therefore, advised the individuals to be affected person, considering the fact that the authorities was producing attempts at addressing their enhancement problems.
He observed that the principal obstacle dealing with the north was poverty, underpinned by the absence of infrastructure and human useful resource, and spelled out that it was for that cause that the federal government experienced rolled out a variety of interventions, which include the totally free senior superior faculty policy in 2017, to bridge the advancement gap amongst the north and the south.
Dr Bawumia reported with enrolment in SHS going up by 69 for each cent inside of 3 yrs of the policy, the federal government acknowledged the simple fact that it had to develop much more university infrastructure to cater for the raising enrolment figures and go absent from the double-monitor procedure to a solitary monitor.
On agriculture, he explained 206,204 farmers benefitted from the fertiliser subsidy ingredient of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme in the Upper East Location, introducing that there was also an increase in maize produce from 46,000 tonnes in 2017 to 152,000 tonnes in 2019.
On behalf of the governing administration, the Vice-President donated GH¢20,000 and 100 cartons of assorted drinks to the pageant.
He also donated GH¢10,000 to the Bawku Schooling Endowment Fund.
The Paramount Chief of Bawku, Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, noticed that “ever because our senseless conflict ended many years back, we have based our precedence on the therapeutic of wounds and the mending of fences in broken associations it is now time to embark on a vigorous pursuit of the financial and social development of our people”.
He counseled the federal government for the continuation of work on the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom street, stating: “I hope it will go on unabated to its closing summary.”
Naba Azoka stated he was not all set to cede any element of his classic spot to another state and confident the federal government that the area was not part of any secessionist team and that the folks have been not interested in splitting the regular area amongst two states.
He appealed to the federal government to strengthen safety in the Bawku area, expressing: “We share widespread borders with Togo and Burkina Faso, and we could be targets of attacks.”
The Bawku Naba further more named for the generation of a new administrative district in the Bawku West space, the advancement of tree crop plantations, the construction of warehouses and the reversal of the identify of the Bawku SHS back to Azoka SHS.