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Upper East Regional Minister pledges to review curfew in Bawku if security improves

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The Upper East Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, has assured the overlord of the Kusaug traditional area, Zugraana Asigri Abugrago Azorka II, of his commitment to reviewing the curfew in the area if the security situation improves.

After the Minister for Interior, by Executive Instrument, renewed the curfew hours imposed on the Bawku Municipality and its environs from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, the Zugraana requested the Regional Minister, Dr. Bin Salih, to lift the ban on wearing smocks and riding motorbikes in the Bawku township.

However, when the Upper East Regional Minister, who doubles as the head of the Regional Security Council, and heads of various securities deliberated on the issue and visited the Bawku Naba, Dr. Bin Salih said plans were being put in place to review the curfew, but due to recent security disturbances in some areas and nearby districts, it has been put on hold.

The head of the Regional Security Council assured the Chief and the people of Bawku that in the next month, if the security situation gets better, some of the measures would be uplifted.

“I want to assure my father that we are going to continue to consider and monitor the security situation here. Once it improves, all these issues shall be looked at again. We have given ourselves one month to go back and consider the security situation here and take a decision, and come back and inform my father.”

The Upper East Regional Minister also called on the Chief and the people of Pusiga to avoid any disturbances that affect the peace of the people. According to the Minister, if issues believed to be related to the Bawku conflict continue to occur in Pusiga, a curfew would be imposed on that district as well.

“From our reports, Pusiga is gaining notoriety for some of these unwanted activities. So we are going to meet the Pusiga Naba and other stakeholders and tell them in the face that if they don’t address the situation happening there, we would be forced to impose a curfew on them.”

Both the Zugraana, Pusiga Naba, and other stakeholders welcomed the Minister’s assurance, saying that the curfew has had a significant impact on the economic and social lives of the people in the region. They expressed their commitment to working with the government to ensure that the security situation improves, paving the way for a review of the curfew.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Bolgatanga|

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