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Regional News Wed, 30 Apr 2003

Chief appeals for calm in Dagbon

Kpembe (Northern Region) - The Kpembewura, Ibramah Harruna, paramount chief of the Kpembe traditional area, has appealed to citizens of Dagbon to re-think and try to settle their differences for the sake of their children.

He explained that by engaging in conflicts, the people were destroying the area's human resource and development and that this might affect their children in future. The Kpembewura made the appeal when the out-going Minister of Trade and Industries, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku paid a courtesy call on him at his palace on Monday.

Dr. Apraku was at Salaga in the East Gonja District to commission a 200 million-cedis Trade Facilitation Centre, initiated by the Member of Parliament for the area, Boniface Abubakari Saddique. Chief Harruna urged Dagombas to forgive one another and try to uphold brotherhood and allow development to come to the people, saying, "to err is human and to forgive is divine."

He called on the government to be dedicated to governance and remain positive in decision-making to improve the economy. The Kpembewura urged the government to make the welfare and the development of the youth its priority.

He called for credit support for farmers to increase agriculture production to feed the industries. Dr Apraku announced that a sheabutter extracting factory would be established at Salaga soon to help the women to process the crop for export. He advised the youth to go into agriculture to produce more food to feed the industries that government would be establishing in their area.

Source: gna