President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ended his two day inspection of on-going projects in the Upper East Region with a durbar with chiefs and people of Garu.

Addressing the crowd, the president said his vision is to make northern Ghana the food basket of the country that is why he initiated the agricultural revolutionary program dubbed “Planting for Food and Jobs Program”.

He said the move is to alleviate poverty among residents in the North, particularly those who normally travel to the southern part of the country to seek for non-existing jobs and end up meeting their untimely deaths.

President Nana Akufo-Addo says government intends increasing the number of beneficiaries of Planting for Food and Jobs from the current 180,000 to two-point-five million in four years.

The move, the president explained, is to make available and affordable inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and tractors to farmers who have difficulties in accessing them at the right time.

He has therefore called on the youth to take advantage of the program and come on board to increase food production and their income levels.

He said before the Planting for food and Jobs program can achieve its intended purpose all the bad roads linking communities and for that matter market centres should be worked on.

This, the President noted, made him travel by road to see the nature of the roads in the region and fix the deplorable ones.

The President said anyone caught in smuggling the subsidized fertilizer or the improved seeds to neighbouring countries will be made to face the full rigorous of the laws of the country.

He announced that plans are far advanced to make Tempane a district on its own.

The chiefs in the area commended Nana Addo’s government for implementing the Free Senior High School Policy.

The move, according to them, will go a long way to improve their living conditions.

The President started the day's activities with a visit to the Vea Irrigation Dam to check whether there is the need for some maintenance or expansion works to be done.

He also inspected the water treatment plant in Gworie which is supplying water to residents in Bolgatanga municipality and parts of Bongo district.

He charged the leadership of the Ghana Water Company in the region to help keep the treatment plant in shape at all times.

The President’s second point of call was at the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road where he inspected the progress of the on-going construction of the road.

He commended the Brazilian Construction Company, Queiroz Galvao, working on road for being serious with the contract so far.

The Brazilian Company is working on 103kilometers out of the total of 116 road construction contract, while a Ghanaian Company, Mawums construction Ltd has also been awarded the remaining 13kilometers of the same road.

At the inspection of the collapsed Tamne Bridge in the Garu-Tempane district, the president said adequate funds have been procured to fix the bridge soon.

He was equally happy about the progress of the construction of the Tamne dam.

The Minster of Roads and Highways, Kwesi Amoako-Atta, said investigations conducted in finding out what caused the collapsed of the Tamne Bridge revealed that some criminals went and removed some bolts and nuts used to tightened the bridge which led to its collapse.

He appealed to the chiefs and people in the area to see the maintenance of roads as a shared responsibility.

The Water in the dam is expected to irrigate about 3,250 acres in the district and promote an all-year-round farming.

It is also expected that 5,400 direct and indirect jobs will be created following the construction of the dam.

The employment that will be generated as a result will boost farming activities in Bawku Municipality, Garu-Tempane, Binduri and Pusiga districts.

President Akufo-Addo said his government will do more to ensure that more communities in the region have access to electricity before the end of his four year term in office.

He said over 666 communities in the region will be connected into the National Grid.

Some disparities exist in terms of regional electricity distribution with Upper East Region recording 60 percent access, deemed the lowest among all the regions.

The Upper East Region prior to 2011 had 30.39 percent electricity access but this moved to 60 percent before the end of 2016.

President Akufo-Addo, assured the people of Ghana that the resources and wealth of the nation will not find their way into his pockets, but will be used for the rapid development of the country.