The Chiefs and people of Nandom traditional area yesterday celebrated the 30th annual Kakube festival of the area. In attendance was Ghana’s vice president, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, The Upper West Regional minister Alhaji Suleman Alhassan, Minister of State for Agriculture, a representative of the Government of Burkina, some MMDCEs, the MP of Nandom and Interior Minister, Hon. Amrose Derry amongst others. With pomp and pageantry in the finest traditional regalia, at the climax of the celebrations, indigenes of the area who traveled far and near turned out in their numbers to mark the feast of harvest. The Chief of Nandom and founder of Kakube festival, Naa Puo Weele Puobekyir whose speech was read on his behalf, used the occasion to call on the government to work on the road network from Hamile to Wa by asphalt to speed up economic activities in the area. Naa Poubekyir said the free Senior High School System is very welcoming and called on all stakeholders to takes steps to better the quality of education in the Nandom area. He used the durbar to announce the Kakube Education fund which he said is to augment the efforts of other similar initiatives and called on the government to stop Azumam Resource from exploring gold in the area. On issues of peaceful coexistence in the township, the chief used the occasion to sound a warning to the Muslim community “to desist from any acts likely to bring disturbance to the Nandom community” and also thanked the Upper West Regional Minister for his swift intervention on an earlier impasse by some the clergy men. The Regional minister, Hon. Suleman said the security situation in the region had improved drastically and commended residents of the region for their collective efforts in achieving peace in recent times. The Member of Parliament and Ghana’s Interior minister, Hon. Ambrose Derry speaking to the gathering boasted of the developments he has drawn to the area in his short assumption of power. Roads, Electricity, Water and other social amenities are among his highlights in the constituency. Vice President Dr. Bawumia charged parents to teach the values and norms of our culture to children. This he explained would strengthen our uniqueness as a people for a common goal. The Vice president also highlighted some interventions being carried out by the government. He said about 270,000 students had benefited from free SHS already and meant that Ghana was on the right track as education was the most valuable resources a country could offer irrespective of the cost involved. He also added that the president Nana Addo, is walking the talk with the kind of leadership desired for better growth as a “far thinking leader” like the president has so far delivered in his 22 months in office. The vice president projected that every parent benefiting from free SHS was saving about GH₵ 2000 per ward and called on parents to reimburse such money appropriately. Dr. Bawumia hinted governments have taken steps to utilize the Bagre damp spillage over the years for the benefit of Ghana. He mentioned that preparations are on towards the construction of the Kpalugu dam for future use. He said aside irrigation, electricity could also be benefited from the dam. Awards of appreciation were handed to very deserving citizens for their efforts in this year’s Kakube celebrations.