The president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his promise to build a fence wall around the Islamic Girls Senior High School in Wa after expressing surprise that work is yet to begin on the project.
According to the President, he was not aware that work on the Islamic Girls Senior High School fence wall has not started until he got to Wa. He thus reassured the Wa Naa, Naa Fusieni Seidu Pelpuo IV, of his commitment to ensure that the fence wall is built. “I’m particularly concerned [that], the undertaken I gave about the Wa Islamic Girls School has not taken place. I’m very disturbed by that.” The President noted, adding that, “I do not know the matter was still outstanding until I came here. So, I have to repeat my promise, and this time it will be done”.
In same vein, the President indicated that he will engage the Minister of Education to see to the construction of an assembly hall and the provision of a pick-up and a bus for the Wa Senior High School as requested by the Wa Naa.
Still on education, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo said the Palace School that was started by the Wa Naa in 2020 will see the construction of classroom blocks and ancillary facilities to house it. This, he disclosed, will be taken up by the Northern Development Authority.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo further indicated that, he will consult with various stakeholders to facilitate the inclusion of an indigene of the Waala Traditional Area in the governing councils of the SDD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies and the Dr. Hilla Limann Technical University which gained autonomy and upgrade respectively under his first term.
The President made these commitments while interacting with the Wa Naa and his elders as part of his two-day working visit to the Upper West region.
The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces took the opportunity to apologize to the people of Wa for the unruly behavior of some soldiers in the area on 1st July, 2021 where residents were beaten allegedly over a stolen mobile phone belonging to one of the soldiers. While commending the Defence Minister and the Upper West Regional Minister for their swift actions to address the issue, he said such will not repeat itself under his watch as president.
President Akufo-Addo however appealed to the Wa Naa and his people to support the security services in the region to curb the smuggling of the government subsidized fertilizers into neighbouring countries as the illegal act is contributing to the reported shortage of the products in the region.
The President is in the Upper West region for a two-day visit as part of his practice to visit all regions every year. He is scheduled to visit three other districts in the region; the Lambussie District, the Nandom and the Tumu municipalities.