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"Invest In Bono Region To Help Deal With Unemployment Among Youths" - Bono Regional Minister

The Bono Regional Minister, Justina Owusu-Banahene is calling on investors to invest in the region to help deal with unemployment challenges among the youths.


The Minister made these pronouncements while addressing the media in Accra on Thursday.


Addressing Journalists, the Minister said "We are one of the cleanest environments and serene towns. I am therefore calling on investors to come open factories in my regions so that it will help deal with the issue of unemployment among the youths"


"Most of these youths are farmers and I believe that, with the introduction of more factories, it will help boost their day to day activities"


The Regional Minister also mentioned that there are some cylos which are currently preserving cereals and grains.


She also described the Bono Region as the hub for poultry.


"Aside cashew, grains and cereals, I want you to know that Bono is poultry and I want to appeal to investors to channel their attention by investing in the wheat brands to help the livestocks grow well"


"Dormaa District is a violent free town. Almost about 70% of the population engage in poultry business but due to the Ukraine and Russia war, it has now become difficult getting feed from there"


The Regional Minister, however, admitted that although there are some deficits in developments in her region, she is hopeful that the Akufo-Addo administration will be able tackle most of the problem.


Road Infrastructure

"In Bono Region, road transport accounts for more than 95% of goods and passengers fleets"


The Minister further explained that road transport plays a crucial role in the Bono Region's effort at achieving sustainable economic growth needed to alleviate poverty and bring about sustainable developments.


"The roads serve as a major vehicle linking areas of agricultural production and consumption and facilitating economic and social interactions and trade"


She added that aside constructing new roads in the region, the Akufo-Addo Administration has also helped in reshaping some other roads which were in bad state under the leadership of the previous government.


The Minister added that 13 road projects with a total length of 342.3KM are being constructed.


She said "Upgrading of Menji-Bui Road (30KM), Upgrading of

UPGRADING OF Nkrankwanta–Kaase Road (10 KM),

Sampa-Jinini Road (31.5KM), Dormaa Ahenkro-Babianiha (20KM), Atronie-Mim (33.9KM), Ahafo Kenyase-Asukese Mim (26KM), Nkrankwanta-Kaase Road (1-10KM) among others are under serious construction"


Air Transport

The Minister thanked President Akufo-Addo for ensuring that the first phase of the Sunyani Airport has began operating.


She assured government that the Airport will be used for its intended purposes.


Education

The Bono Regional Minister hinted that the Akufo-Addo administration has undertaken massive infrastructural developments in the education sector since 2017.


"The introduction of the Free SHS Policy meant that there was the need to increase in infrastructure requirements in order to cater for the increased enrolment"


She mentioned a total of 78 educational projects have been initiated and under implementation in the Bono Region.


The Regional Minister added that while some of the projects have been completed, others are on the verge of completion.


Communication

"I am appealing to the Minister for Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to reach out to my region. There are some areas which do not have access to communication. I believe that once this is done, it will also help save lives when there are challenges"


Herdsmen

She added that the issue of heardsmen and their cattle are still a major problem in the region.


She explained that some cattle trespass unto farms and eat the farm products which results in misunderstandings between some farmers and Fulani Herdsmen.


"We are farmers and do not want to have any problem with any Fulani Herdsmen. They should not trespass our farms with their cattle. We don't want our efforts to go waste"


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith


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