President John Dramani Mahama says government through the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs is working around the clock to promote more chieftaincy divisions to paramountcy levels.
The promotion, the President says, would give the various Houses of Chiefs their full participation to make meaningful decisions towards the development of their areas.
President Mahama announced this when Mr Samuel Syme, Deputy Upper East Regional Minister led a delegation of Chiefs and people from the Builsa Traditional Council to the Flagstaff House in a courtesy call.
The delegation was at the Presidency to present their newly enskinned King – His Eminence Nab Asaksug Azantilow – and to pledge their support for him to carry out his development projects throughout the country.
The delegation was also made up of other paramount chiefs, former members of parliament from the area and their District Chief Executives.
President Mahama said apart from vacancies that were created as a result of deaths and other calamities, there was the need to expand the scope to capture more chiefs to enable them to participate in their houses of chiefs in various regions to contribute their quota.
He said the effective collaboration between government and traditional authorities was crucial in carrying out development projects, and the elevation of more chiefs was to chart the path of development for all.
On roads in the area, President Mahama promised that the Chuchuliga-Tumu-Han-Wa roads were on course and on completion and would effectively link the Upper East and Upper West Regions.
He also promised to study the details of the Sandema-Santiajan-Doane roads that the chiefs had appealed to him for construction and said that there were other road connections that were being worked to shorten the journey of people travelling from that part of the Upper East Region to other parts of the country.
President Mahama said government was working on a funding facility to provide a first phase 10,000 hectare irrigation project in the Sicili-kulkpong areas to enable more farmers to engage in dry season farming.
He promised to upgrade the Sandema District Hospital, and complete the Community Senior High School projects in Wiaga and Kanjarga.
Nab Azagsug Azantilow, King of Builsa, expressed gratitude to government for providing them their share of development projects and gave the assurance that they would collaborate with government to work on many more development projects.
He appealed to government for a hospital for the Builsa South District and a tertiary institution for the two districts of the Builsa traditional area.