The Honourable Minister for the Upper East Region, Stephen Yakubu, has tasked development Agencies in the Municipal and District Assemblies to generate accurate and reliable data to drive development in the Region.

He said the limited resources in the Region would be properly utilized and channelled to areas of priority if accurate and proper data was gathered in all critical areas of development in the Region.

“I am happy you mentioned data, and want to help in data collection,” the Minister told Mr Barnabas Yisa, the Country Representative for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) when he called at his Office.

The UNFPA Country Representative and his team are on a three-day working visit to the Region as part of plans to work towards the reduction of maternal mortality in the Region.

According to statistics from the Regional Health Directorate on maternal mortality, the Region recorded 24 deaths in 2021, which reduced to 15 in 2022 mid-year.

Hon. Yakubu noted that inaccurate data could retard development, and further stressed the need to meaningfully and accurately gather data for planning purposes.

He called on development partners in the Region to collaborate with the various Municipal and District Assemblies to enable them effectively implement their programmes.

The Minister said even though most development projects were centred in the Districts and rural communities by Non-Governmental Organizations, he appealed to them to also extend some support to the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) to enable it deliver on its mandate of monitoring and evaluation.

He expressed gratitude to the leadership of the UNFPA, and said it was one of the Agencies that had over the years extended support to the Region, and undertook several development projects in the benefit of residents in the Region, and further urged them to continue to support the Region.

Mr Yisa said the UNFPA targeted to achieve zero maternal mortality in the Upper East Region, and thanked the Regional Minister for the warm reception he and his team received.

Present at the meeting were the Chief Director of the RCC, Alhaji Inusah Abubakari, the Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, and officials from the Departments of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, and Community Development.