The Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional Area of Gonja and Vice-President President of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor (II) has congratulated and applauded the people of the Buipe Traditional area in the Central Gonja district of the Savannah Region for their effective participation and collaboration in promoting peace and the demonstration of valuable hospitality
characteristics in promoting peace and development of the traditional area.

Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor (II) in a speech delivered on his behalf to mark the 2021 annual Buipe Damba Festival dubbed in Buipe said the new era paradigm shift definition of leadership is creating change and serving as a change agent and therefore urged the people of his traditional area to focus on legacies that promotes culture, tourism, tradition and the general well being of the society.

He added that one of the biggest achievement of the Savannah region and for that matter the Buipe traditional area is the conscious efforts
by the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs total ban on commercial charcoal burning activities across the region.

He disclosed further that through the protection of the vegetation cover in the region, the Buipe shea factory can be fed with raw materials for continuous chain production which will create job opportunities for the local content.

He therefore praised the efforts of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Damongo Constituency who doubles as the Lands and Natural Resources minister, Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor for his efforts in protecting the vegetation cover of the not only the Savannah Region but Ghana as a whole.

The MP for the Yapei- Kusawgu Constituency Hon. John Abdulai Jinapor thanked everybody who made it possible to grace the occasion and appealed to the government to help in the construction of gutters to improve on the drainage system especially in the Buipe township.

He said the road linking the Savannah Diamond Cement Company should equally be looked into since it is always unmotorable when ever there is a downpour.

Hon John Jinapor also appealed to the government to immediately see to the opening of the Buipe Shea factory which has over the years been shutdown leading to the increment of the unemployment rate in the area.

Savannah Regional minister Hon. Saeed Muhazu Jibril who led a government delegation to the area assured the Chiefs and people of the Central Gonja district that the Shea factory would be operationalided as soon as possible since a new management team of the facility would be constituted on Wednesday with government pushing enough capital into the factory.

In the area of peace, Mr Saeed Jibril appealed to the Savannah Regional house of chiefs to immediately look into the Damongo chieftaincy issues by finding an amicable solution to it for the development of the regional capital.

He disclosed to Buipewura that the Debre inland port construction will commence in December which will see the opening up of the Central Gonja District to the outside world.

He commended the Buipewura for lifting high the image of the Gonja traditional area through the promotion of peace.

Managing Director for the Ghana Water Company, Ing. Clifford Braimah who was the special guest of honor for the occasion said the Savannah Region has come of age to develop faster like the other regions and that it was time to use the festivals in the region to get some economic values for development.

He added that the resources of the Savannah Region are uncountable such as mineral resources, water resources etc which can help in the development of the region.

He said education in the region should be taken serious in the region since it is through education that many of them today are where they are.

On water issues in the region, he said the water shortage situation in the region is being tackled one after the other.

He mentioned Salaga and its environs as where they started and will soon commence the Yapei- Tamale and Yapei- Damongo water projects since compensation has been duly paid to affected persons of the project.

He disclosed that the Damongo water issues in the interim will have water pumped from Broto to the Damongo township for consumption whilst the contractor in charge of the project from Yapei lays his pipes to Damongo and it’s environs.

The Buipe Damba Festival saw in attendance 100s of people from all walks of lives to the Buipe traditional area including chiefs from Dagbon, Wenchi and other tradational areas.