Mr. Rockson Ayine Bukari, Minister-designate for Upper East Region has indicated that his administration would rest on the pillars of an all inclusive participatory governance to drive the region’s development agenda forward.
He said stakeholders such as the paramount chiefs, Members of Parliament from both political divides, technocrats and the indigenes would be mobilised and galvanised to champion the course of accelerated development in the region.
Mr. Bukari’s presence before the Appointment Committee of Parliament to be vetted for his ministerial position yesterday broke the usual monotony of the business-like probing by sending the packed hall into many bouts of laughter with some hilarious interjections.
Outlining some of his visions for the region, he said plans were far advanced to turn the Bolga Meat Factory into an abbatoir with a capacity to employ about 400 people.
He said many investors have also been identified to rejuvenate the dormant Pwawalugu Tomato Factory to also address the unemployment situation as well as create wealth in the region.
Mr. Bukari gave the assurance that he would continue with all ongoing road projects in the region and also enhance the intra-city road networks to boost traffic to the many tourist sites which abounds in the area.
He said as stipulated in the New Patriotic Party manifesto, under his watch as the regional minister, the spillage from the Bagre Dam from Burkina Faso would be harnessed to create irrigation for farming purposes.
Mr. Bukari said the establishment of livestocks development centres across the region was a key development agenda to fast-track the revitalisation of the traditional animal husbandry business in the region.
He promised to use his rich experience as a former registrar of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs to uphold the relative peace the region had enjoyed.
By Lawrence Markwei