BOLGATANGA, NANGODI, BONGO, ZUARUNGU, AND TONGO (BONABOTO), a non-partisan association of citizens, has held its 13th biennial delegates congress in Tongo to assess the association’s progress and plan for the years ahead.
Addressing participants on the theme, ‘Promoting Peaceful Coexistence, Protecting the Environment for Sustainable Development: The Role of BONABOTO,’ the National President of BONABOTO, Prof. Samuel Awinkine Atintono, underscored the need to ensure peace prevails in the Upper East Region. “You will all attest to the fact that there has never been any record of development where conflict exists. Conflict comes to destroy, and in our case, it will aggravate our already deprived areas. Therefore, it’s our shared responsibility to preach peace and live peacefully to be able to advocate for developmental projects in our communities, the region, and the country as a whole.”
Prof. Atintono further called on the people of the Upper East Region to adopt healthy environmental practices that can positively affect the climate conditions in the area.
“On the second aspect of our theme, it needs no mentioning that we are all experiencing the effects of climate change due to man’s unfriendly activities against the earth; our rain patterns continue to change, farming activities have taken a different turn due to unfavorable environmental activities, and our sources of drinking water are at risk due to illegal and adverse mining activities. The choice of the theme, therefore, could not have come at a better time than this to stimulate discussions or conversations on how to safeguard our peace and mitigate harmful environmental activities, particularly in northern Ghana’s already arid lands.”
The congress had attendees from BONABOTO members living in all parts of the country, the Upper East Regional Minister, Municipal and District Chief Executive Officers from BONABOTO catchment areas, the Paramount Chief of Tanlensi Traditional Area, His Royal Highness, Tong-Rana Kubilsong Nalebegtang (Chairman of the Occasion), Bolga Divisional Police Commander, representatives of tribal associations, the media, and other notable personalities across the region.