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Chief of Tamale Dapkema Naa Alhassan Dawuni has heaped praises on the chairman of the FA Cup Committee for his support of his educational fund.

This was after the Ghana FA executive committee member announced a personal financial package to support the Dakpema Educational Fund.

The visit to the Dakpema Palace was the latest leg of the trophy tour meant to promote the final of the 2017 MTN FA Cup final which will be contested by Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko on October 29.

The Dapkema Educational Fund was set up to support brilliant but needy students in Tamale as a key to improving education in the entire region.

Having already given several opportunities to individuals from Tamale to excel in the sport, Mr Kurt E S Okraku reassured the palace of his continues support in projecting the image of the city of Tamale.

“My very own Baba Rahman hails from this part of the country and there are many others I have raised from Tamale.
I would continue to give my support in every way possible, he stated.

In his acceptance remarks through a linguist, Dapkema Naa expressed joy for the gesture made by the renowned football administrator revealing the support received was crucial to the success of the fund.

Hearts of Oak would host Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the historic finals of the competition. It is the first time since Independence both sides have played each other in the north of Ghana.

The 2016 finals was hosted by Cape Coast.





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The Ministry of the Interior has renewed the curfew hours imposed on Kpatinga and its environs from 0000 hours midnight to 0430 hours effective Friday, October 20, 2017.

A statement signed by the sector Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Friday said the renewal of the curfew was upon the advice of the Northern Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument.

It urged the chiefs, elders, opinion leaders, the youth and the people to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges and to use non-violent means to ensure peace in the area.

The statement reminded the public that the ban on carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons is still in force and that any person found with arms and ammunition would be arrested and prosecuted.





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There was fire outbreak at the Medical Store of the Walewale Hospital on Tuesday morning destroying drugs, the roof of the facility and an air-conditioner amongst other items.

The timely intervention by personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) helped to put the fire under control within 25 minutes and finally extinguishing it within 30 minutes, which ensured that it did not spread to other departments of the hospital.

Mr Nicholas Poku Aikins, Public Relations Officer of the GNFS in the Northern Region, who briefed the GNA, said the cause of the fire was being investigated adding the hospital resumed operations after the fire was extinguished.




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A study has revealed low levels of competency in the areas of reading and numeracy skills amongst children of school going age in three districts in the Northern Region.

The study surveyed 60 enumeration areas in Kpandai, Sagnarigu and Sawla/Tuna/Kalba Districts covering 1,158 households and 60 schools where 3,209 children aged three to 15 years were reached and 2,371 children aged six to 15 years were assessed.

It found that “94 out of every 100 children assessed in class three could not read a class two level story and correctly solve class two level numeracy questions up to division.”

It also found that “60 out of every 100 children assessed in class six could not read a class two level story and correctly solve class two level numeracy questions up to division.”

he study, which was released at a forum in Tamale, formed part of the Strengthening Citizen Action for Learning and Empowerment (SCALE) in Ghana initiative, conducted by Choice Ghana and Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development, both NGOs, with support from IBIS in Ghana, now OXFAM.

The SCALE-Ghana initiative seeks to generate reliable and inclusive data on educational achievement of all children through a citizen-led, household-based assessment as the most appropriate mechanism to track the learning progress for all children, regardless of their age, gender or schooling status.

The forum, which brought together stakeholders in education from the three districts, was to amongst others deliberate on ways to help improve education outcomes in the districts.

Mr Adjei Kadiri, Programme Coordinator in-charge of SCALE-Ghana said the study also found that, 14 out of every 100 children on any given day sat on the floor to learn adding “This differs from one district to the other as Kpandai has the highest number of children sitting on the floor at 59 percent.”

Mr Kadiri said despite efforts made, a number of children of school-going age were still out of school in the three districts.

He expressed the need to ensure that not only were all children attending school, but that they were also learning the basics to ensure quality education as well as the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals 4.

Mr Askia Mohammed Prince, Director in-charge of Planning at the Northern Regional Directorate of Education called for improved funding for monitoring and supervision of schools to address the challenges uncovered by the study.

Mr Mohammed Prince also called for effective functioning of school management committees to complement the efforts of the Ghana Education Service to improve education outcomes in the country.

Mr Emmanuel Tatablata, District Chief Executive for Kpandai said the district would convene a meeting on the findings to seek solutions to ensure quality education in the district.





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The Northern regional women organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hajia Amama has accused the Minister in charge of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Djaba of defacing (NPP) in the northern region.

According to her, Madam Otiko Djaba, under whose Ministry the School Feeding Program operates has taken it upon herself to appoint her tribal mates as zonal coordinators, to empower them in their bid contest executive positions in the party.

She revealed this during an exclusive interview with political show host Ibrahim, Alhassan on Tamale based Justice FM.

This came at the back of some youth groups locking up the office of the regional school feeding program at the Northern regional coordinating council in Tamale.

“She appointed Gonjas as coordinators and caterers even when the regional coordinator was not yet appointed. Because she wants them to come and contest us”, she alleged.

She also appealed to the president to separate the program from the Ministry of Gender.

When asked if she knew the group that locked up the office, she said no. But added that she was happy they did that. For that will tell the higher authority how serious the situation is.

“I don’t know the group. But I am happy they have locked up the office. This will tell the president how low Otiko has reduced us the party leaders in the region”, she concluded.



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The District Chief Executive for Bole Bamboi in the Northern Region, Veronica Alele Herming was prevented from commissioning a market facility for residents of Bamboi by local executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party, over accusation that she came to perform an official task in the area without their knowledge and permission.

The DCE was in Bamboi on Wednesday to commission some new stores for market women to provide enough space for traders in the town but was stopped before she could even get to the durbar ground where chiefs and opinion leaders had waited for several hours.

The project comprised of 12 lockable stores and 12 open structures to be occupied by the traders including petty hawkers.

Assemblyman for the area, Mr. Emmanuel Kyirankwa said the party executives quickly confronted and distracted the DCE as soon as she arrived in the town and was making her way to the project site for the official duty.

He said the DCE was later invited to the party office for a meeting and after vigorous scrutiny the executives unanimously decided not to allow the DCE carry out the function for failing to inform them before the trip to the area.

The party executives were infuriated Madam Alele was undermining their authority and asked her to return to follow due process by serving them a notice before she could come and commission the project.

The chiefs present at the ceremony ground tried to intervene but the executives turned down their pleas and all other respected voices were disregarded forcing the DCE to quietly walk back into her car and leave.

“They (executives) called her and said she didn’t inform them officially before coming so because of that they are very aggrieved and said she should go back and set a date before coming”, the assemblyman said, criticizing the decision by the party members.

According to Mr. Emmanuel, Madam Alele raised no protest when she was told she could not be allowed to commission the project except she attempted to explain to the executives the need to delink her official duties from party activities.

The Assemblyman said the entire community were not happy with the attitude of the party local leaders and wants the constituency executives to intervene. He said currently most traders were selling at overcrowded and chaotic joints and under hostile weather conditions.

“The women, because of the rainy season and the current situation they have to get stores and start to start operation, so in fact, they are not happy and the entire community are not aware of it”.

Bamboi is an important revenue earner for the district because of its strategic location and ongoing mining activities around Banda Nkwanta. A longstanding land dispute between the Gonjas in Bole and the Mos in Bamboi has affected relationship between the two towns.

The DCE wasn’t immediately available for response.






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For Gadam fans, the week began on a rather disturbing note for them. As a lot of bashing posts and comments on Facebook were directed at their artiste.

Most of the write-ups suggested that Fancy Gadam doesn’t want to extend the kind of help he enjoyed as an upcoming artiste towards other up and coming artistes in the northern music industry.

Whiles other music lovers believed he takes money precedent over any kind of relationship he has with anybody as somebody who still needs a lot of support to grow in his music career. And to them, it does not speak well of him.

This came as a results of the rumors being speculated over the week about Gadam nation boss asking the Boss Family’s singer, One9ra to pay him GHc10,000 before he featured in his “JEJE” music video.

Music fans and critics described this as weird and absurd. With some wondering where One9ra could get such whooping sum of money to pay Fancy Gadam.

Some even suggested the singer should forget it and move on. Saying that if Fancy Gadam needed to help him, he would have done that long time ago.

But the “ruler” in the northern music industry, Fancy Gadam was seen yesterday with One9ra in a live Facebook video at a location that suggested the duo were preparing for a video shoot.

Fancy Gadam’s manager has confirmed it, adding “Keep Insulting People Because Of Them.. They Will Eat And Play Tv Games Together …”.

His comment was accompanied by a picture of Fancy Gadam and One9ra seated together playing video game.



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The support comes in a form of skill, apprenticeship, business and education. This, according to the Mayor , will go along to rehabilitate the evicted youngsters and provide them livelihood.

“TaMA, yesterday registered 26 youngsters who were evicted from the forest. We will work with them put them into apprenticeships, education and businesses”, the Mayor posted on his Facebook wall.

He also calls on other children or teenagers who were affected by the exercise to feel free and come to register at his office.

“All former forest dwellers between 10 and 18 are encouraged to come to the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly to register. If you have read this post and know a youngster who was evicted from the forest, encourage him to get in touch with us. We also want to talk to their parents or guardians”, he concluded.


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The former Northern Regional chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Haruna has revealed that his successor, Bugri Naabu took GHc2000 before appointing the Northern Regional members of council of elders.

He made this revelation during an interview with host of Diamond FM’s afternoon political talk show “Siasa Saha” in Tamale.

He denied that he failed to get appointed because he couldn’t pay the two thousand Ghana cedis. “Because he fears some of us, that is why he didn’t ask us to pay. But those appointed paid”, he said.

This came as a results of Bugri Naabu withdrawing some names from the list of the members of N/R council of elders to pave way for his favorites to get appointed.

In other related issues, Alhaji Haruna gave Bugri a blow on his chest, during a meeting to address issues bothering the party in the region at Modern City hotel.

When asked if he actually hit the chairman as purported, he said “yes”. And added that “he was lucky he didn’t hit him again”.

“I should have given him two blows. Even the youth who took me away were angry after I explained to them, and said I should allow them to go and beat him”, he concluded.


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Police in the Upper West Region are on a manhunt for four unidentified armed men from Bussie who shot a Police man.

The armed men attacked Lance Corporal Kofi Antwie who was returning from Piree, a village under Fian on a Pentecostal church evangelism.

Upon reaching a section between Tuori and BUSSIE, the robbers confronted him and shot at him.

Deputy Regional Police Commander, DCOP Edward Oduro-Kwarteng told GBC’s Radio Ghana at Wa that the Police Officer survived the attack and is responding to treatment.

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Overlord of the Gonjaland traditional area, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa, has described President Nana Akufo Addo as an honest and ambitious leader determined to make Ghana work again.

According to him, implementation of flagship programmes such as the free Senior High School and the planting for food and jobs are ample testimonies of the President’s commitment to deliver on his promises.

The Yagbonwura expressed optimism in President Nana Addo’s leadership when the President paid a courtesy call on him at the Jakpa Palace in Damongo as part of his three-day official tour of the Northern Region.

His speech was read by the Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) 2012 Presidential candidate, Dr. Abu Sakara Foster.

Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa said, “You promised free SHS and it is here. God bless you for hearing the cry of so many previously abandoned children who could not afford secondary education due to lack of money.”

He asked President Nana Addo to reassure the people of Gonjaland of the progress being made to make Gonjaland a new region. “We are more than committed to helping you succeed in creating a new region out of Gonjaland.”

“The creation of new regions will help ensure equitable distribution of resources for development and a more developed decision for accelerated and economic progress that will create jobs for our teeming unemployed youth,” he stressed.

He maintained that the Gonjaland traditional area is endowed with mineral resources and tourism potentials that deserves to be a region on its own.

Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa pleaded with government to upgrade the Damongo College of Agriculture to a fully fledged university to train commercial farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs.

He thanked government for granting the Gonjaland Traditional Council’s request for a teacher training college in Damongo. He further asked government to revamp the existing sheanut factory at Buipe, capital of the Central Gonja district.

He thanked government for elevating the West Gonja (Damongo) and East Gonja (Salaga) districts to municipal status. As a member of the three eminent Kings mediating the Dagbon chieftaincy impasse at the Manhyia palace in Kumasi, the Yagbonwura promised that the issue might be permanently resolved by the end of 2017.

An elated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reassured the Yagbonwura that he will work closely with him to improve the living conditions of the people of Gonjaland.

“I want to reassure you and to let you know that we are going to work very closely with you to improve the governance of Ghana. I am going to need your constant advice and guidance.”

“My doors will always be opened to you and I will need your support and continuous prayers to accomplish all the commitments I made to the Ghanaian people.”






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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed his administration’s intention to upgrade six districts in the Northern Region to municipal status. The proposed districts including East and West Mamprusi, will be in line with the local government reforms.

President Nana Addo was addressing the chiefs and people of Mamprugu traditional area at the forecourt of the Nayiri palace in Nalerigu.

The President, who is on a three-day tour of the region, added that Nantong and Yunyoo will be upgraded.

Currently, Nantong is part of the Savelugu municipality called Savelugu/Nantong, while Yunyoo is tied to the Bunkprugu district named Bunkprugu/Yunyoo.

Interestingly, Savelugu/Nantong and Bunkprugu /Yunyoo witnessed political upheavals by some irate youth of the governing New Patriotic (NPP) during the nomination of Municipal, Metropolitan and District Chief Executives.

Whereas those in Savelugu/Nantong finally backed down their protest, the Bunkprugu/Yunyoo nominee was rejected after three unsuccessful confirmation by members of the assembly.

President Nana Addo’s announcement of the creation of those two new districts gave residents there a sigh of relief.

They applauded government’s decision, and pledged their commitment to deepen peaceful coexistence to make the proposal feasible.

President Nana Addo revealed that government has secured $45.7 million for the rehabilitation and expansion of water systems across three regions of the country.

He assured the Nayiri that a chunk of the said amount will be spent on rehabilitating the water systems in Gambaga, Nalerigu and Walewale.

He said works on the water rehabilitation and expansion systems will commence before the end of 2017.

He reaffirmed government’s endeavour to connect several communities in the north to the national electrification grid.

The Nayiri commended government for implementing pro-poor policies needed to improve the well-being of Ghanaians.

He emphasized the need for government to lobby investors to explore the large lime deposit in Mamprugu land.

He said several communities within his jurisdiction lacked electricity and therefore called for the construction of a sub power station in Nalerigu to feed the deprived communities.

He further decried the deplorable road network in Mamprugu which requires rapid attention.





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The Mayor of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Iddrisu Musah Superior, has called on the people of the northern region to vote massively for Zeinab, the northern regional representative in the Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) contest.

He wrote this on his wall, “Zeinab is the N/R rep in the Ghana Most Beautiful contest, let’s support her”.

This come at a time when many fans of the contest describe it as hot. With some doing anything possible to make sure their representatives wins.

Others have resorted to what some people call “door-to-door campaign”. As they meet people from all walks of life to solicit votes for their representatives.

“If all the big men in the north could do this, there is no doubt that Zeinab would have emerged a victor”, a fan commented on the mayor’s Facebook post.

Below is the snapshot of the post:



















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Information available to indicates that one of the finest musician in northern music industry, Wizchild, will be performing live at GHANA MOST BEAUTIFUL and MISS GHANA respectively.

According to the source, the dope singer was privileged to have been selected to perform on the prestigious stages in the country.

His performance comes separately on October 7 at MISS GHANA and October 15 at GHANA MOST BEAUTIFUL.

Many music fans in the north believe this did not come as a surprise. Because the singer has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is a force to be reckoned with.

With some saying this is golden opportunity to tell the outside world that apart from Fancy Gadam, there are many music talents in the north.

“He must go and give his all. If he empresses the people over there, he will be given a bigger platform to showcase his talent”, a fan was heard saying.


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he Paramount Chief of the Lawra Traditional Area has assured the President the Lawra parliamentary seat will be preserved for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for generations to come.

Naa Puowele Karbo III said the seat rightfully belongs to the NPP and has promised to work hard to maintain it in the party.

Speaking at a durbar of chiefs in the Upper West Region Tuesday, the Paramount Chief pledged his support and that of his people to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“We wish to assure you that we are determined to keep this seat forever to where it rightfully belongs,” he said.

The President is in the Region as part of the first leg of his tour of three regions in the north.

He is expected to commission some projects completed by his government as well as to apprise himself with developments in those regions.

Touring some areas in the Upper West Region, President Akufo-Addo lamented the poor nature of roads, which he said his political critics did not admit in the lead-up to the 2016 general elections.

But the bold declaration made by the Lawra Paramount Chief has courted the displeasure of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

NDC National Organiser Kofi Adams told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story the Chief spoke as though he was an NPP Chairman.

He said it is difficult for the NDC to understand promise the chief made because the NPP MP of the area is occupying the seat by default.

“My advice to the chief is that he should be careful of the way he conducts himself,” Mr Adams said.

In his reaction, son of the Paramount Chief and MP of Lawra Anthony Karbo said his father only tried to emphasize the obvious, which is that the seat belongs to the NPP.

He narrated how the seat was snatched from the NPP after the demise of his father’s senior brother and first MP of the area, Naa Abeyifa Karbo II.

“So the chief of Lawra was speaking from a background and that is where he made the comment about reclaiming the seat for the area,” he said.

Although he believes his father went overboard, Mr Karbo said the Chief’s comments were made in the proper context.






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