The Upper East Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has appealed to the government to assist the branch with land to enable it to build a permanent regional secretariat.
Regional Chairman of the Association, William Nlanjerbor Jalulah made the appeal when the new executive members paid a courtesy call on the Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu in his office.
Mr Jalulah said the lack of a regional office is a worry to the new executives.
“One key thing we would like to have as an Association in the region is a Secretariat. As we speak we don’t have an office and it is a worry to us as new executives. We want to appeal to your good office and see if there’s any state land no matter how little it may be that you could make available to us, we will solicit support and raise our own structure.”
He said the Association in the interim will try and get a temporal structure to run its activities.
The GJA Chairman also made an appeal to the regional minister to address the poor road network in the regional capital.
“If you look at our road network, it is not properly organized. We don’t have roads connecting very important communities within the township. Sometimes where you could possibly take a shortcut to a place you intend to visit you have to go round because the roads are not properly connected.”
Responding to the GJA’s appeal, the Regional Minister asked the Association to “apply and then we talk to the Lands Commission and we take it from there.”
“Concerning the roads, I have been talking to the MCE and also the Urban Roads. Even yesterday, he was here. For the past two years we’ve not actually had a budget for it but hopefully this year we going to work on some of the roads,” Mr Yakubu stated.
The Regional Minister observed that it has even become very difficult working on some of the roads because people have built on them.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana