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John Mahama receives Gonjaland Youth Association executives

The newly elected executives of the Gonjaland Youth Association on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on former President John Dramani Mahama to introduce themselves and also discuss issues of concern to the Savanna Region and other parts of the north.

The issues discussed include the falling standard of education in the region, grave concerns about insecurity, chieftaincy conflicts, lack of potable water in many communities, the state of roads and tension between communities and Fulani herdsmen.

President Mahama thanked the Association for the visit, the opportunity to interact and discuss issues. He also applauded them for their efforts geared towards contributing to the development of Gonja land.

He noted that the Savanna Region, being a new region, should have had its development priorities expedited, but assured the Gonjaland executives that the next administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would attend to the region’s developmental needs.

Mr. Mahama also decried government’s seeming lack of interest in continuing with a proposed College of Education project started by the NDC administration. The College, he explained, could have provided teachers for schools in the region to help address the poor standard of education complained about by the executives.

On how to resolve the matter of Fulani herdsmen, the former President suggested that the group liaises with government to provide fodder for cattle grazing, which will forestall the cattle herds entering and destroying farms in their search for food.

President Mahama also encouraged the Gonjaland youth to increase their advocacy so that government lives to its responsibility and respond to the needs of the people.

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