The Upper West Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the Wa Municipal Assembly has lauded and honoured Senior Citizens for thier immense contribution to the country whilst in active service this Republic day, July 1, 2018. This was done at an event organized at the Presidential Lodge in Wa, the Upper West regional capital, where an undisclosed amount of money and clothes were given to the beneficiaries.
Addressing Senior Citizens across the Region at the event, the Regional Minister, Hon Alhaji Alhassan Sulemana said Senior Citizens still have a lot to contribute to the development of the nation despite being on retirement. “The youth need your rich experience to keep the flame you have burning”, he said, further indicating that Senior Citizens can mentor or coach the youth to succeed in the journey of life. He therefore urged them to make themselves available when they are called upon by the youth for advice and counselling. The regional minister called on the senior Citizens to bring forward suggestions as to how such engagement could be fashioned out.
Alhaji Sulemana also used the opportunity to draw the attention of the populace to the alarming rate of drug abuse in the region of late, especially tramadol. “The use of tramadol is becoming not just a public health hazard but a developmental challenge that is staring us in the face. I know the Narcotic Control Board, the Food and Drugs Authority, the Pharmacy Council and other related agencies are doing their best to regulate the sale of illicit drugs in the market. I want to encourage the various stakeholders to intensify the campaign against drug abuse” he said.
According to the minister, generally, the region has being peaceful, the number of armed robbery cases has reduced drastically in the first quarter of the year due to some measures put in place by the Regional Security Council and the Ghana Police Service. He commended the Police Service especially the Operation Calm Life for a good job done. He also urged communities to identify trusted persons to tap into the Regional Security Council initiated Community Watchdog Committees to help the police fight crime.
The Minister, concluding his speech, noted that chieftaincy and land litigation issues are a threat to the peace of the region. He therefore appealed to the traditional rulers and landowners to settle their differences and promote peace in their various jurisdictions.