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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has received commendation from the Chiefs of the Upper West Region for the fulfillment of major campaign promises he made in the run up to the December 2016 election, and also his fight against corruption.

At the Wa West District, on Monday, 2nd October, 2017, where President Akufo-Addo commissioned the Wa Water Project, the Dolmon Naa, Wechiau Naa and other chiefs present expressed their delight “for your (President Akufo-Addo’s) leadership since you assumed the highest office of the land some 9 months ago.”

According to the Dolmon Naa, Sohmwine Gore II, who spoke on behalf of the Chiefs, he told President Akufo-Addo and the gathering that “you have begun the implementation of the good policies you promised Ghanaians in your Manifesto, which have started yielding results for the good people of Ghana.”

He cited, for example, that the Wa West District has been the beneficiary of 47,000 bags of fertilizer, through the fertilizer subsidy programme, from the Akufo-Addo government.

“This has made farmers expand their farm acreages, since they could not afford to buy the fertilizer at the reduced prices. The expected annual yields of these farms are expected to double. Even though the fall army worm invasion has affected most farms, government’s intervention with chemicals for spraying has reduced the devastating effect on the crops.”

On the Free SHS Policy, the Dolmon Naa, Sohmwine Gore, noted that the introduction of the programme “has come at a time that parents were finding it difficult to meet their children’s educational needs. The Free SHS has brought a huge relief to us, as parents, and we are grateful for that initiative.”

He continued, “We also want to thank government and express our gratitude for this huge edifice we are seeing today, the Wa Water Project. We understand that it is expected to supply millions of gallons of water daily to Wa Township and its environs.”

Meeting with House of Chiefs President Akufo-Addo, later in the day, held a meeting with the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, where the President of the House, Richard Babini Kanton IV, reiterated the support of the House for government “to enable it implement its policies and initiatives, to propel the development of Ghana.”

The President of the House of Chiefs added that “the government’s commitment to the development of the country, and its fight against corruption in the nine months of its tenure of office is reassuring.”

Whilst touting the success of the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, Richard Babini Kanton IV urged President Akufo-Addo to consider the “establishment of Shea plantations under the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative. This could be a game changer for the North in the long run, to stem the drift of the youth down South for non-existent jobs.”

The Upper West Regional House of Chiefs reiterated the commitment of the Chiefs of the Region to co-operating with Government to maintain peace in their respective traditional areas.

“We know Government cannot do it alone. We call on political parties, the media, Civil Society Organisations, and Ghanaians, in general, to support government’s efforts, as it rolls out its programmes to improve the well-being of the population. There may be teething problems in the implementation processes. But, let us hold on and hold out, for I believe there are better days ahead,” Richard Babini Kanton IV added.




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Tamale will be the center of attraction on October 29 when the two biggest clubs in Ghana football lock horns for the MTN FA Cup trophy.

Kotoko and Hearts have made it to the finals after besting Medeama and WA All Stars respectively.

The Porcupines won 1-0 on Monday while the Phobians courtesy Patrick Razak and Kwame Kizito earned a 2-1 victory.

The match will be played at the Tamale Sports Stadium.




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A Former Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba has denied assertions that it has always been the norm at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to contribute money each time the President was visiting the Region.

“I have been a Regional Minister for four years and there was no time I asked any MMDCE to contribute money because the President was visiting. I never did that and I am challenging anyone who has anything contrary to prove it”, he disclosed in an exclusive interview with

According to him, any spending that was done was catered for by the presidency each time he was on official duties in each of the regions citing instances where they were warned against spending on the President from the regional coffers.

“The Chief of Staff was the spending officer for the President and catered for any expenditure he incurred. It was only on one occasion we spent on the Vice President [John Dramani Mahama] and even with that, the money was later refunded when we sent the receipts and supporting documents to the Presidency”, he clarified.

Mr Mabengba who is Ghana’s former envoy to Angola said any attempt to take cash from MMDAs toward the visit by the president is a deliberate attempt by some unseen hands to fleece the MMDCEs and the assemblies and must be resisted.

He however stated that in cases where the President is expected to cut sod for a project in an area far from the residency, the DCE for the area is required to refresh him and his entourage but not give money to someone to facilitate that.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Minister Salifu Sa-eed has since revoked the letter signed by the Chief Director of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council directing MMDCEs to pay GH¢5,000.




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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo is expected to meet with the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs as part of his two-day visit to the region.

The President on Monday October 2, 2017 began his two-day tour of the region where he commissioned a 51.54 million Water project in the Wa West District.

The President will round off his tour of the Upper West Region with visits to Lawra, Nandom, Sissala and Tumu,where he will meet religious leaders and also interacts with people in communities to be visited.

President Akufo-Addo is currently embarking on a 7-day tour of the three northern regions to inspect ongoing projects in the region and as part of his tour of the country.

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The Paramount Chief of the Saboba traditional area who doubles as the Chief of Kikpanpkan Uchaborbor Binalibeimi Kanbonja I has passed on after a short illness at the age of 68.

Known in private life as Binalibeimi Michael Kambonja, the chief was among the few prominent and well established rulers in the northern region as he contributed to the development of education, healthcare, agriculture and a continuous peace in the Konkomba land.

With so much honesty, respect, wisdom and bravery, he was an integral member of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, as he consistently makes suggestions and contributions geared towards the development of the entire Northern Region.

Until his enskinment, he was a professionally trained practicing Physician Assistant at the Wapuli EP clinic in the Saboba district of the Northern Region.

The death which came as a shock to the people of the north , have seen messages of condolence sent from political party leaders , traditional rulers, and religious heads across the country.

The late chief, who left behind a wife and 7 children, is expected to be buried on the 7th of October, 2017 in Saboba per the custom of the people on Kipkapkan.

His death comes as a great lost not only to the people of the northern region but Ghana at large, and for this, we say, may his soul rest in peace.





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An upcoming rapper, CF Optional King, has said that ZOLA Gafachi doesn’t have the lyrics to reply his punchlines.

He said this during an interview with DJ Tell on his weekend’s show, “Zaa Chart Show”.

In his introductory freestyle, he mentioned a term among the verses called “apaapule”.

And when asked if he was the one who coined it to mock ZOLA Gafachi, he said “Yes!” and added that he has been waiting for a reply from Gafachi, but he was disappointed that the ZOLA rapper can not respond to him.

“He can’t respond to my punches. Because he has been silent for so long. Maybe he fears me”, he concluded.

Savanna Diaries/Safianu Fuseini, Tamale

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The presidential hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Joshua Alabi is in Tamale to celebrate the fire festival with.

He touched down this morning around 8:39 am from the national capital, Accra.

As part of his activities for the day, he will be visiting his family house at Ward K, a suburb of Tamale.

“I am not here to campaign. I have come to celebrate the fire festival. And to showcase my culture to the outside world”, he said.

He said this during a short meeting held to address his supporters at Modern City Hotel.

Savanna Diaries/Safianu Fuseini, Tamale

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Tamale based Mobile Dj, Dj Chaare has accused the “One Corner” hit singer, Patapaa of stealing his sound works.

According to Dj Chaare, Patapaa’s “One Corner” beat is a sampled beat of his “Tingbanni” song, a track he claimed was recorded by him.

The song, “One Corner” is currently enjoying massive airplay in radio stations, night clubs and events grounds across the country, but this controversy is certainly not what he wished for.

Dj Chaare even though is not willing to take any action against the Singer, Patapaa and his Engineer should have done the appropriate thing by acknowledging him as the original owner of the beat.

Speaking to Mohammed Hafiz G-Face, host of “Dinchana” (Trending) on NTV (Tamale based television), Dj Chaare revealed that he has been recording series of beats purposely for people to dance with, wherever he is moved with his sound system.

“Tingbanni” is now a popular song to participants in the Atinka TV dance competition “Di Asa” and was also played in TV3 Music Music show after the release of “One Corner”.

Story: Yahya Issahak (Phamous Gyant)

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The Mayor of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. Musah Superior has said he is not intimidated by the threat of some people within the metropolis to demonstrate against him.

Information making rounds within the metropolis indicates that some disenchanted tricycle (Yellow Yellow) owners and operators will be demonstrating against the mayor of Tamale over his ban on the operation of the vehicle by minors.

But the Mayor seems not to be moved by this threat. On his Facebook page, he posted this to make his decision clear;

“Let me make this clear!

If a Yellow Yellow overloads or a minor is found operating one, the operator will be arrested and arraigned b4 a competent court of Jurisdiction.

Thousands of Tamale natives and residents are with us on matters bordering on discipline, health and safety and security.

No amount of DEMO can make us stand down this live Saving policy.”

Below is the caption of his post:

Savanna Diaries/Safiani Fuseinu, Tamale

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A letter sighted by indicates that 2017 VGMA NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR has been appointed by the Ghana Tourism Authority as its ambassador.

The letter outlines the total role Fancy Gadam will play as an ambassador, which includes social media promotions.

This comes barely a week to the astonished news that he is about pending a deal with one of the best alcoholic producing company, Kasapreko.

Inserted is the letter of appointment,











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News reaching indicate that the 2017 VGMA NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR, Fancy Gadam will be pending his signature on a deal with one of the largest company in Ghana.

It is not yet confirmed which company wants to ride on the blazing fame of the Northern music ruler to boost its business, but comments by industry players and some fans of the musician on Facebook revealed that it is “KASAPREKO” company.

According to his fans, his background as a Muslim frowns upon alcohol and everything associated with it. They also believe that no musician has ever maintained his popularity or make progress after a signing a deal with any alcoholic producing company.

One fan wrote on his Facebook wall, “My Advice to Fancy….
“” It can happen to you like, edey happen for me eeeeiya!!, who you are is where you come from, When you know your past try and look towards tomorrow””.. Lyrics of R2bees star bear endorsement deal which I believe pulled them down completely after high jacking the Ghana music industry for close to three years consecutively, on a contrary Sarkodie tuned down a contract offered him by an alcoholic company (Balleys)  thou it came with big money and he is still Sarkodie, before you take a step in life remember who you are and where you come from  .. The lyrics of this song is enough advice for #Fancy.. He should note :
I. It can happen to him like it happened to R2bees
ii. Where he is, is because of where he comes from..

Savanna Diaries/Safiani Fuseini, Tamale

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Over 132 students including one with aggregate nine (9) placed at the St Charles Mini Seminary School have been denied admission by authorities due to accommodation challenges.

A 23 room complex dormitory structure of the school housing five hundred and three (503) boarding students was destroyed by fire in March this year and has still not undergone renovation.

The fire destroyed completely the entire building and properties of the students. They were in classrooms studying when the disaster sparked by electrical mishap struck and ravaged their items.

Classrooms have since been turned into dormitories after authorities including government officials failed to honor pledges to rebuild the structure. The seminary school is facing an unprecedented challenge that has never been witnessed since its inception many decades ago.

According to the headmaster of the school, Mr. Polycarb Kuusonkub he requested for only 150 students taking into consideration the lack of accommodation for the boarding students but 232 students were placed. The school does not admit day students.

He said the school had finished giving admission to the number it requested adding that the rest could not be admitted because they is no space to house them. He has since been directing them to check at schools they chose as second and third choices.

“Now that they have not worked on the block, I managed to use the old dining hall and put in the beds and counted the number of them and there were 150 so I requested for 150 but they gave 200 plus, so even I picked 51 where am I going to place the child? That is the situation”, he lamented.



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In every organization, there is always one person who is an integral part of it, one of few people in whose hands management of the organization can entrust its care.

Abubakari Sadiq, a.k.a Mr Righteous, who has uplifted North Star FM’s morning show since took over in 2012, is definitely a dependable pillar of the radio station.

As of today, he parts company with the station after he hosts his last morning show today. And it will take his loyal listeners a long time to get used to whoever will succeed him.

This was revealed on his Facebook wall today, when he wrote to inform his friends and listeners about the end of his journey with North Star FM.

It was emotional and shocking. And those who could not come to terms with it sought to know his next destination. He could not disclose where he will be going. But hinted that he was going to begin another challenging journey in his life as a journalist.

“It is with mixed feelings am writing this notice to all my fans, listeners and friends who have followed me on North Star FM since 2012.

As the saying goes, “a journey of thousand miles starts with a foot step”, my journey with North Star fm ends tomorrow as I take another step towards another challenging journey in my life as a Journalist.

I want to express my appreciation to all and sundry who in one way the other supported me this far. My sincerest thanks to Mr. Adam Cockra, former Director of North Star Fm for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to offer my services to the station after my attachment. To colleague staff and management staff, I say ‘Nii tuma pam’ for your support.

Pls nobody should ask me where am going but just know that from tomorrow onward, you will not hear my voice on North Star Fm again. You will all know where am going in due course lol”.

Thank you..

Sadiq Mr. Righteous”



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Following the pressure from various industry players and stakeholders to get the most controversial radio presenter in Tamale sacked over his recent attack on nurses, he has finally kowtowed and apologised to the general public.

He rendered an unqualified apology, posted on his Facebook wall DJ Tell wrote “I want to use this platform to sincerely apologise to the general public over the comments I made on social media, the intention was not to offend anybody. The comments was edited under 2 minutes when I realized my initial post was wrong.

Thank you
Sign Musah Abdul Halik.”

It is not clear what warranted this description, but it is, without doubt that Tell updated his Facebook status out of anger, when he described the nurses as “useless” and “sex workers”.

This seemed to have touched the wrong nerves of nursing community and some associations of the nursing profession as they consider his inscription as defamatory.

On his weekend drive time program, DJ Tell adamantly threatened to released nude photos of one female nurse who took him to the cleaners upon reading the write-up.

This was widely condemned, with some including media persons and the Association of Ghana Registered Nurses And Midwives calling for his head.

Below is a screenshot of the apologetic post.


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A letter written and copied to media houses indicates that the “useless” and “commercial sex workers” tag on nurses by a popular Tamale based DJ of Zaa radio has touched the wrong nerves of the nurses and midwives’ association.

Below is a detail of the letter.



The attention of the regional executives of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association, N/R has been drawn to statements and audio recordings circulating in a section of the media purportedly made by one Halik Musah, a Disc Jockey (DJ) of Zaa Radio, the import of which is contemptuous of the noble nursing profession. The said comments, as morally depraved and uncouth as they are, were made both on his Facebook timeline and in the studios of a radio station whose communications over the years have earned the respect of the general public. The said comments describes our hardworking and dedicated members in the region, especially at the Tamale Teaching Hospital as “prostitutes” and “useless.”

He also alleged that, the death of his late father in 2008 and a friend two weeks ago was as a result of negligence on the part of TTH nurses without any shred of evidence to substantiate his claims.

We wish to state unequivocally, and on record, that these comments are as uncivilized, uncouth and unprofessional as the personality behind it. We are hereby calling on all nurses and the general public to disregard those comment(s) and treat them with the contempt they deserve. Indeed, it is unfortunate and disheartening that Mr. Halik has brazenly and unintelligent failed to draw a line between his personal squabbles and professionalism, a matter which we believe poses serious questions about his integrity and qualification as a recognised media practitioner. For while these comments defy common sense and reasoning, they also grossly defy the ethics of Journalism and regulations outlined by the National Media Commission and the National Communications Authority.

Halik’s comments, guilty of serious grammatical infractions, for which reason we doubt his intelligence, is a far cry from the hard work and sacrifice, the patience and resilience, and the dedication and commitment of the many nurses swarming our health centres, and toiling day and night to offer services to the public. We wish to state and put on record, that the dignity, morality and honour of all nurses in the region and beyond, remains unsullied, just as our usefulness and professionalism remains unquestionable. In the face of poor conditions of service and the difficulty that characterise health delivery, we remain stellar in our work, and have not flinched a bit from it. The purported misdeed of any member of our noble profession, male or female, young or old, is in no way a representation of the work we do or ought to do. We expect anyone, even with a trace of horse sense, to recognises this simple fact. We are therefore surprised that Mr. Halik, and whoever his pay masters are, could not appreciate this but had to resort to such depraved manners unacceptable to any serious media entity.

These comments and their likes, borne of ill minds deserving reprimand, not only incurs the wrath of our members, but also affects the effective discharge of their duties, a situation which can potentially endanger the lives of millions.

By this release, we are calling on the management of Zaa radio to relieve Mr. Halik of all his duties, and to equally tender an unqualified apology for his chronic irresponsibility. We are also calling on the National Communications Authority and the National Media Commission of Northern Region to investigate the matter and take to task, as they have been constitutionally mandated to do, the owner(s) and Management of Zaa radio for permitting such display of irresponsibility. Let the full force of the law descend on he whose work is iniquity, and whose tongue is an agent of immorality. We also call on our members to with immediate effect boycott all programs of Zaa Radio that they take part as resource persons.

In the meantime, we appeal for calm and patience from all Nurses and sympathisers of the Nursing fraternity, as we explore all procedures and due process for addressing this matter.

Thank you.
Abdul Aziz Adam
Regional PRO.

*The National Media Commission
*National Communications Authority
*All Media Houses.

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