The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Garu-Tempane District in the Upper East Region, Hon. Albert Akoka Alalzuga has called on authorities of the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, the Savannah Region of Togo and those of the Central South and Central East Provinces of Burkina Faso to set up an Implementation and Follow-Ups Committee to ensure that all recommendations at their periodic Tripartite Meetings are effectively executed.
Hon. Alalzuga made the call last Wednesday in interview with the ISD at Dapaong in the Republic of Togo, after he had joined a delegation led by the Upper East Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru and some security chiefs to attend a tripartite meeting hosted by Togolese authorities.
After a colourful opening ceremony, participants from the three nations were grouped into four Committees including Economic Affairs, Social Affairs, Sports and Cultural Affairs and Security and Environment and handed issues for deliberations.
Hon. Alalzuga who served on the Security and Environment Committee said the tripartite meetings were very necessary especially for districts which share borders with neighbouring Burkina Faso and Togo in that, they allow for mutual discussions, sharing of ideas and experience on pertinent issues which if not properly handled could breed conflict between countries. He noted that since his predecessor signed onto the Tripartite meetings, authorities in both Dapaong and Garu-Tempane had attended national events in each other's country and also, collaborated on joint assignments such as vaccinations against Polio and CSM.
The DCE for Pusiga, Hon. Alhassan Awini, who also served on the same committee with his colleague from Garu-Tempane, called for the continuous cooperation between border security operatives and proper demarcation of border lines in order to effectively fight smuggling of fuel, subsidised fertilizers and pharmaceutical products.
Hon. Awini said there should be a shorter interval between the meetings since many of the participants were government appointees who may not stay longer enough to follow up on issues coupled with institutional memory lapses that may occur.
This year's tripartite meeting which was themed "Enforcement of Transborder Cooperations" lasted for two days and had about 100 participants from Togo, Upper East Region of Ghana and two Provinces from Burkina Faso attending.
Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)