India’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Sugandh Rajaram, has paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon at his palace in Yendi as part of his week-long official visit to the Northern Region.
The courtesy call on the Ya-Na was to allow the High Commissioner to explore the possibilities to support interested Indian businesses for investment into the region as well as brief the Dagbon King on developments in India and India-Ghana bilateral relations.
The High Commissioner who was accompanied by Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama, Member of Parliament for Yendi, spoke about Indian businesses in the region and the Indian Government’s support for some of the government’s projects in the region, including the Yendi Water project.
He responded to concerns of delay in the construction of the Yendi Water project and gave assurance that he would ensure the timely completion of the project to ease the water crisis.
The Yendi Water project, initiated by President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2019 to solve the perennial water crisis in the area, is being financed by a 30-million dollar facility from the Exim Bank of India and an Indian Engineering Company is the contractor on the project.
In his comment on the water situation at Yendi, Ya-Na Abukari urged the government to expedite action on the Yendi Water project to complete it on time to address the water crisis in the area.
Ya-Na Abukari also called for collaboration between his Palace and the Indian High Commission, saying “We can also create a new friendship in the areas of education and cultural programmes.
Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama said as part of measures to address the water crisis in the area, he was drilling 100 boreholes in the area out of which 30 had been completed.
Still on Ghana – India relationship, Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has hailed the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana for his commitment to the development of the northern part of the country.
Mr Iddrisu, gave the commendation when he held discussions with the Indian High Commissioner in Tamale. Discussions between the Minority Leader and the Indian High Commissioner focused on efforts of the High Commissioner and the Indian government in improving the water systems and agriculture to improve livelihoods in the country.