President John Dramani Mahama has promised that government will continue to extend electricity to rural communities in the Northern Region and other parts of the country in spite of the current energy challenges.
He explained that extending electricity to rural communities would not only improve the standard of living of the citizenry but also boost the local economy.
President Mahama made the pledge when he addressed a mammoth rally attended by supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Yendi on Wednesday.
He said the government cared about the rural areas because they deserve better living conditions and a fair share of the national cake, stressing that the ruling party would not discriminate against any section of the population.
President Mahama cited that lifting the pilgrims from the Tamale International Airport, in the Northern regional capital, to Mecca is a clear testimony of the government’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Muslims who attend the hajj.
He further assured of government’s readiness to support the people of the area to engage in an all-year-round farming, adding that more tractors have been imported to support farmers.
He said government intends to set up farm centres to offer financial assistance to farmers and thereby boost commercial farming in the country.
He therefore advised farmers in the area to form co-operatives in order to benefit from the package.
President Mahama called on the chiefs and people of Yendi to help maintain the peace in the area.
The President earlier paid a courtesy call on Kampakuya-Na Abdulai Yakubu Andani, Regent of Dagbon, who commended him for his leadership qualities and said he deserved a second term.
He said the President has spread development projects across the country and has exercised a peaceful composure since assuming office.
He pledged to help promote peace and unity in the Dagbon traditional area.
The President addressed rallies at Tatale, Moin and Jimile.
From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Yendi.