“I’m prepared to serve you. Even if is midnight, if you call me, I will be ready to come out. It is only when I’m on top of my woman I cannot come out.”
This is what Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Ayine Bukari humorously told his constituents at a forum on aquaculture development organised in Bolgatanga by the Association of Church-based Development Project (ACDEP) in collaboration with the Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC).
Mr Bukari also assured the people that his doors are always opened to serve as a servant of the people. His comments was also to reassure development partners at the forum of his cooperation for the development of a deprived region.
“My doors are opened for you. And I pray that you the technical men will work as a team. When you work as a team, there is nothing that you cannot overcome,” he added.
The forum, which brought together water resources experts as well government officials and fish producers, was themed: “Aquaculture Development in Upper East Region; the Role of Stakeholders.”
The event was meant to sensitise stakeholders on the potentials of aquaculture in the region, for participants to share experiences, to showcase the gains made so far under a project dubbed the Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Transformation (RESULT) in the face of challenges and to solicit commitment of all stakeholders to aquaculture development in the region.
A six-year project jointly introduced by ACDEP and CFTC in the Upper East and the Upper West regions to boost up household food security and to enhance livelihoods, the RESULT initiative is reported to have transformed the lives of over 21,000 smallholder farmers and rural dwellers since its takeoff in 2012.