The Bishop of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, has assured the newly appointed Upper East Regional Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih, of his unflinching support in ensuring the development, peace, and security of the region.

During a courtesy call on Friday, 24th May 2024 at the Catholic Bishop Secretariat in Bolgatanga, His Lordship Agyenta stated that the Catholic Church and his office will continue to support all government efforts in education, health, livelihood empowerment, peace, and security.

“We will continue to collaborate and will not hesitate to reach out to the minister and all other stakeholders to partner on common issues for solutions,” the Bishop said.

He emphasized the Church’s commitment to working with the minister and continuing the collaboration that was established with his predecessor. “The collaboration that we gave to your predecessor, we will do same with you. You have heard the various interventions that we are doing. We are looking forward to collaborating a little more. We have always made it clear that our doors are open and if there is anything, we will reach out to you.” He stated.

The courtesy call, which took place at the Diocesan Secretariat, allowed the two leaders to discuss pertinent issues concerning the development of the Upper East Region, including peace and security. The Bishop expressed his enthusiasm and readiness to help tackle the protracted ethnic and chieftaincy disputes that have plagued the region.

In response, the newly transferred Upper East Regional Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih, praised the Catholic Church for its decades of assistance to governments and communities, particularly in health and education for rural communities.

He highlighted the Bishop and the Catholic Church in the region he will rely on to fulfill his mandate as minister.
“Coming to the Upper East region, the Bishop is one of the people that I am relying upon to be able to discharge the mandate given to me by the President,” Salih said. He acknowledged the significant contributions of the Catholic Church to human resource development and expressed his commitment to improving the relationship between the Church and the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council.