Hon. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, says the Region is blessed with enough natural resources to completely eradicate extreme poverty among residents.

He, however, said there was lack of commitment on the part of some duty bearers to support the initiative of governments to alleviate the poverty of the under- privileged sections in society.

The Minister was speaking at a sensitization workshop on Ghana Productive Safety Net Project 2 (GPSNP)  for officials from Municipal and District Assemblies, and Coordinating Councils across the Upper East and North East Regions in Bolgatanga.

“I can assure you that the Region has adequate resources such as arable land and water resources to help eradicate poverty in our part of the world, but lack of commitment on the part of staff of the various Assemblies to make this dream come  through is the problem,” he said.

The Minister said even though there were several challenges which militated against the maximum use of the Region’s natural resources, the RCC was working to improve on the livelihoods of the people.

He said as part of plans towards the full utilisation of resources in the Region, efforts  were underway to diversify the productive sectors of the region.

“For example, l have requested the Fisheries Department to work with the GPSNP on the possibility of introducing fish farming in communities with dams, especially under the Labour Intensive Public Works component of the project,” he said.

On the workshop, Hon. Yakubu said it would afford officials of the respective Assemblies the opportunity to share useful experiences on the implementation of the  social safety nets, and create better appreciation of the issues in order to successfully implement the project.

The Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Hon. Daniel Botwe said  the plan of  government was  to extend development to the people through the creation of infrastructure and social support with projects such as the GPSNP.

The Head of Local Government Service (LGS), Dr. Nana Ato Arthur called for commitment and dedication from Assembly staff to successfully implement the project which he indicated was “dear to all of us.”

Dr. George Osei Ababio, the  National Coordinator of the GPSNP, said US$47 million was earmarked for the project, and indicated that the first phase of the project started in July 2019 and the second phase was being implemented.

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