Thursday, June 14, 2007
Nyong installs new chief
THE former Managing Director of Ghana Oil Company Limited, Lt. Col. Abdullai Ibrahim (rtd), has been installed Regent of Nyong, a farming community in the Karaga District of the Northern Region, under the skin name Ghanlana.
The colouful installation ceremony was witnessed by government officials, a large number of paramount chiefs and their retinue, high profile personalities in the region and the general public.
Col. Ibrahim was a Secretary/Regional Minister for the Northern Region in the NDC regime from 1992 – 1995.
He also served as Commissioner for Lands and Mineral Resources and Fuel and Power (Energy) in the erstwhile government of the National Redemption Council (NRC) from 1977 – 1979.
He was also a former Managing Director for the First Ghana Building Society 1973 – 1975, and worked as a producer of programmes and newscaster in Dagbani in the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
Addressing his people, the Ghanlana said his foremost vision for the community was to promote the education of the youth, especially the girl-child.
“Education is the key to the development and growth of any nation, particularly our rural communities. I therefore pledge to encourage parents to send their children to school”, he said.
He said health education was also one of his priorities to help the people improve their health status by observing good sanitation and environmental practices”.
The Nyong community is noted for its high production of groundnut and maize. The area also abounds in streams and rivers and low – lands suitable for rice production.
The Chief therefore, appealed to the government to harness the streams and rivers for irrigation purpose, to help the people increase their rice production.
The area also has the potential for the cultivation of mango and cashew plantations.
“The women in the community, lime their male counterparts, are very hardworking. They are engaged in the arduous economic task of picking and processing the shea-nuts into shea-butter.
Therefore, they will be involved in the decision - making processes affecting the development of the community”, he said, adding that he will seek the assistance of NGO’s to build the capacities of the women to enable them to expand the growth of their income – generating ventures and thereby increase their economic power”.
The Ghanaian Times - Thursday, June 14, 2007. Page: 16