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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the country stands to gain nothing from conflict and instability  and that there was the need to “recognize the things we have to do to make sure that the peace is maintained and developed.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the country stands to gain nothing from conflict and instability  and that there was the need to “recognize the things we have to do to make sure that the peace is maintained and developed.”


The President noted that peace was the major driving force for the development of the nation.

He said this yesterday when the Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional area, Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II,  paid a courtesy call on him at the presidency.

“There is a lot that we have to do together to develop the area and to develop Ghana. Without peace we cannot do it. So I am happy that today peace is prevailing in the area and that you are doing your best to make sure that it remains peaceful,” the president said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated that he had no interest in Chieftaincy matters.

“I don’t have any interest in meddling in Bawku chieftaincy matters and that is what I meant by saying that my government has not come here to deal in chieftaincy matters. We leave chieftaincy matters to Zuguruna and the others who are more suited,” he said.

However, he urged the various sides to continue to exercise restraint and comport themselves so that the peace being enjoyed in Bawku continues.

He reminded the Bawku Naba that the decision to create a district out of Tempani had already been taken and the process was ongoing.

“Anytime from now, the Minister for Local government will announce the formal constitution of Tempani. I have taken on board the demand for the division of Bawku West and I see that the capital is going to be Minaba.

I will be discussing it with the Minister for Local Government. You know that there are some criteria that have to be met. Don’t let me make some promise and tomorrow I can’t do it and then it becomes a matter. But I have heard the request and I will sit down with the Minister and see what we can do,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said.

The President stated that he was very optimistic that programmes put in place by his government such as the Planting for Food and Jobs would be most significant to them, especially the farmers.

“The reason why it would work is that government has decided to support the work of the farmers. That’s why we are supplying improved seedlings. We are supplying fertilizers at subsidized prices. But you know that when something good is happening, there is always a few mischievous people, criminal minds who want to use the good things just for their own selfish interest so  you hear stories that some of the fertilizers is being smuggled across our borders,” the President said.

He added that though such people were enriching themselves, they were doing it, “at our expense, your expense, my expense.”

To this end, he charged the traditional rulers in the area to be part of the law enforcement agencies  and make sure that these important items are not smuggled.

“The subsidy is for Ghanaian farmers. It is not for farmers in Burkina Faso or for Togo so let us keep it that way,” the President said.

On the Free Senior High School policy, President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that for the last five years, over 100,000 students who qualify for entry into SHS yearly are denied access because of money.

“It means that in the last five years over 500,000 young Ghanaian students had to stop their education at Junior High School and could not progress. So if we have kept to the old system, in another 5 years we would have had 1,000,000 youth who stop their school at JSS,” he said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo stressed that in order to ensure that at least, “everybody gets at least to secondary school that is why I am determined that the policy of free senior high school will continue so that all our children always have the opportunity to go to school. It is not being done for politics; it’s not being done for votes; it is being done for the development of our country.”

The President acknowledged that although there were difficulties with the programme including that of logistics and infrastructure in the schools, classrooms, dormitories, science laboratories, his government was not perturbed because everything new had problems.

“But if you don’t start, you can’t progress. The Chinese have a statement which I like very much they say ‘a journey of five thousand miles begins with the first step,’ so we have taken the first step,” the President added.

He assured that the problems would be dealt with and called on the traditional rulers to support the policy and together the problems would be resolved.