NDA Board and Management Visit Upper West Region
The board and management of the Northern Development Authority (NDA) led by the chairman of the board, Dr Hakeem Ahmed Wemah, paid a day’s working visit to the Upper West region to meet some key stakeholders and tour some project sites where the One Million Dollars per Constituency is being used to fund some essential infrastructure projects. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya; Deputy CEO for Programmes, Stephen Yir-Eru Engmen; Board member, Hon. Boniface Agambilla; Secretary to the Board, Mark Imoro; and Deputy director for Corporate Affairs and International Relations, Alhaji Mubashir Mustapha Baba, were part of the team.
The tour started with a brief meeting with the regional staff of NDA to interact and encourage them to continue to represent the Authority and be champions of development in the region. The next point of call was the office of the Upper West Regional Minister at the Regional Coordinating Council. The Regional Minister, Hon Dr Hafiz Bin Salih welcomed the team to the region and expressed his appreciation for the visit. He pledged the unflinching support of the Regional Coordinating Council for NDA in any capacity that may be necessary going forward. He expressed his satisfaction with NDA’s implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) in the region but however appealed to the Authority to fast-track the completion of these projects to help improve the lives of the beneficiary communities.
The team also paid a courtesy call on the Wa Naa, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV at his palace where they were warmly received. The overlord of the Wala traditional area presented gifts of traditional smocks and hats, woven from bright and colourful fugu fabric, to the board chairman and CEO of NDA, in appreciation of their visit. The team later met with the Regional House of Chiefs, which comprises a larger representation of prominent chiefs in the region. In attendance at the meeting were the President and Vice President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, as well as the Lambussie Chief, Kuoro Salifu Dy-Yaka who doubles as a board member of the Authority.
Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, Paramount Chief of the Tumu traditional area and President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs was elated at the decision of NDA to pay a call on the house and expressed his support and that of the House of Chiefs to help facilitate the work of the Authority in the region. He also commended NDA for the implementation of the large number of infrastructural projects across the region.
Dr Wemah addressing the chiefs, indicated that, NDA would work closely with the other stakeholders in the region in the execution of its projects and for the development of the entire area.
The team later visited two project sites to inspect the progress of the implementation of IPEP in region. They visited Kpongu in the Wa Central Constituency to inspect the progress on a 3-unit Kindergarten school block and Tendomo in the Wa West Constituency to inspect a rural electrification.