The UPPER West Regional Coordinating Director Alhaji Abdulai Abubakar called on the people of the Lambussie traditional area to help fight against climate change and adapt sustainable livelihoods. He made this known when he represented the Upper West Regional Minister Hon. Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan at this year’s Mifele festival of the chiefs and people of the Lambussie traditional area. Speaking on the theme “Climate change and the implications for agriculture, food security and human survival” Alhaji Abdulai commended the organizers for an appropriate theme and that it resonated with Government’s vision of making agriculture the gateway to the country’s industrialization agenda, a pivot for food security and an avenue for job creation.

He however indicated that the success of these policies could be negatively affected by climate change.

He further indicated that yields are directly affected by climate change and it is evidenced in this farming season. Alhaji Abdulai mentioned some of the pro-poor agricultural policy interventions such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, One District One Factory and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP).

Alhaji Abdulai used the occasion to call on the chiefs and opinion leaders to support the Assembly to achieve the target set in declaring the District Open Defecation Free [ODF] by encouraging households to construct household latrines in every house since the District was 7th on the Regional League Table on open defecation.

He therefore appealed to the people to help protect the environment especially the few trees in the Region.

On his part the DCE for the area Hon. Iddrisu Braimah Wikana mentioned that work had commenced for the construction of I NO 4 Unit bath room with two unit urinals at the Hamile car park and 1 unit water closets were under construction at the Hamile Fire station. The paramount Chief of the Lambussie Traditional area Kuoro Issaka Zengeh Kazie Tendzie ll in his address said agriculture is the mainstay of the economy of Ghana and the Lambussie traditional area. He indicated that the fight against climate change was a collective responsibility and therefore urged all and sundry to join in the fight in order to promote development.

Kuoro Kazie Tendzie ll revealed that the District has bad road network and the newly constructed Community Day SHS lacks residential accommodation for the headmaster and staff of Lambussie community senior High school. He therefore appealed to Government and all well meaning Ghanaians to assist in solving theses challenges.