Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, has asked people in the Region to work harder and improve the poverty and low educational levels in the Region.
He said it was equally upsetting that a Region which was noted for high and excellent performance in education, to now slam to the bottom with poor results.
Alhaji Sulemana said those challenges must be of worry to all citizens from the Region, who must work collectively to find permanent solutions to them to help improve the livelihood of the people.
The Regional Minister raised these concerns at the official handing over of the ?Upper West Regional Development Strategy? document to the Regional Coordinating Council in Wa on Saturday.
The 100 page document was developed by experts from different professions and organisations, and it provided a framework for a target specific development needs and aspirations of the Region.
It focused on health, water and sanitation, education, agriculture, climate change and sustainable resource utilization, as well as governance and social protection, local economy, private sector, energy, culture, communication and indigenous knowledge and infrastructure developments.
Alhaji Sulemana said agriculture was a critical area in the Region, explaining: ?We must produce to feed the people properly and all other development issues would follow?.
He called on people in the Region to translate the document to a workable one to achieve more for the objectives.
The Regional Minister however noted that having the document alone was not a panacea to solving the problems of the Region, but that the unity and commitment of the people mattered most to achieving the priorities of the strategy.
Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, Programme Manager of STAR Ghana, appealed to people in the Region not to see the document as the Regional Coordinating Council?s property, but a document for all to address their problems and challenges.
?Develop the desire to work with the document to address issues of low education, poor health and poverty, especially in the rural communities,? he said.
Mr. Eric Banye, Lead Facilitator of the Regional Development Strategy, who took the stakeholders through the thematic areas of the documents, urged all municipal and district assemblies in the Region to incorporate the document into the development plans.
He urged the Regional Coordinating Council to send the document to all other stakeholders including development partners and donor countries.
Star Ghana, UNICEF, GIZ, World Bank and ProNet among others sponsored the development of the document.