Make Bongo A Municipality – Chief Begs Akufo-Addo
The Paramount Chief of Bongo, Naba Baba Salifu Atamale Lemyaruum, has entreated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to consider making a municipality of the Bongo District.
The district, according to the traditional ruler, who doubles as the Vice President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, has got the requirements to be elevated to a municipal grade.
He was speaking Thursday when President Akufo-Addo graced a durbar in Bongo as part his 2-day working tour of the Upper East region.
“Your Excellency, Bongo has a population of a little over 100,000 people with high potentials in the manufacturing sector such as clay and dimension stones. I am, therefore, appealing to you to upgrade our district to a municipal status to completely propel the district for development,” the chief said, describing the beautiful-looking, rock-strewn local government area as “a peaceful, humble Rock City”.
Whilst calling government’s attention to some roads he said were in deplorable state in the district, the chief also told the President what people generally referred to Bongo District Hospital had both children and women sharing one ward and that it lacked both a mortuary facility and an ambulance service.
He said the area needed a modern district hospital to serve as a referral centre to the six sub-district clinics and the thirty-six Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compounds in the district. The chief also advocated for government to absorb four community senior high schools— the Namoo Senior High School, the Beo Senior High School, the Soe Senior High School and the Balungo Technical School— and to provide the Bongo Senior High School with a girls’ dormitory block and an administration building.
“Your Excellency, I cannot conclude without making a request for the completion of the Regional Hospital which serves as a referral [centre] to all district hospitals. Lack of doctors is another challenge facing the hospital,” he added as he also lauded the implementation of some government policies he said had improved the living conditions of his people.
He cited “Planting for Food and Jobs, Limited Recruitment of Teachers, the Youth Employment Programme, the Nation Builders Corps [and] the Tree Planting Exercise and Adaptation Fund Project” among such policies.