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Ace investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, multimedia investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni and host of News File on Joy TV/FM, Samson Lardy Anyenini will on Wednesday 10th January grace the “TPF National Media Festival 2017” in Bolgatanga.

The Press Foundation, TPF, annual event that seeks to bring the media together, to socialise, brainstorm, hold lectures and share ideas on topical issues is slated for the plush Akayet Hotel in the Upper East Regional capital at 7pm.

The Executive Director of the Press Foundation, TPF, Listowel Yesu Bukarson in a statement indicated that, the remarkable event, under the theme: “Developing Northern Ghana; The Role of the Journalist”, seeks to bring together hundreds of journalists from across the three regions of the north, MMDCEs, Head of Departments, Heads of institutions, chiefs and opinion leaders among others.

Mr. Bukarson, said the programme is taking place in Bolgatanga because, “there is the need for the media to focus on the deprived regions of the northern part of the country where underdevelopment and poverty are so endemic”.

“We can deal with these age-long problems that have bedeviled the area, if the media put the spot light on reporting on those regions. This is so because very often, we just assume without bringing to the fore, the actual situation of the place to the media limelight to attract the required attention and the subsequent support” He adduced.

Mr Bukarson added that, the Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Rockson Bukari will be the special guest of honor, with the Paramount Chief of the Talensi Traditional Area, Tong-Rana Kubilsong Nalegtan as the Chairman on the day. The Tong-Rana Kubilsong Naledtan, is also the Board Chairman of the Tema Oil Refinary, TOR, and the Upper East Regional representative on the Council of State.

The “TPF National Media Festival 2017” is supported by Akayete Hotel, Latex Foam, mynewsgh.com and Skywalker drinking water.

 

 

 

 

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The inadequate supply of textbooks to basic schools in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality is affecting education outcome in the area as seven pupils in primary schools in the Municipality share one textbook.

The Savelugu/Nanton Municipal Director of Education, Alhassan Tahiru, who revealed this at an annual accountability forum at Savelugu on Friday, also stated that four pupils shared one textbook at the Junior High Schools in the Municipality.

The forum was to strengthen accountability and transparency in the utilization of public resources at the local level through active citizen participation to enhance quality service delivery and development. It was organized by the Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and coordinated by the Savannah Integrity Rural Development Aid (SIRDA).

It brought together staff of the Municipality and some of the residents to discuss programmes of the Municipality and issues affecting the residents in terms of how the resources of the Municipality were being utilized.

Mr Tahiru said the situation would be even worse in the next academic year as most of the textbooks were not in good shape.

He said the last time the Municipality received textbooks was in 2013, adding that the inadequate supply of textbooks to schools in the Municipality was responsible for poor performance of candidates at the Basic Education Certificate Examinations over the years.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to supply especially core subject textbooks to schools in the Municipality to improve education delivery in the area.

Some of the residents, who took part in the forum, complained of poor health care services offered them at the Savelugu Government Hospital urging the Municipal Authority to take action to improve the situation.

Others also expressed concerns about the poor road network and educational infrastructure in the Municipality.

The Municipal Chief Executive for Savelugu/Nanton, Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, assured residents that her office was making efforts to address their concerns.

Hajia Seidu said the Municipality needed a lot more resources to undertake projects to bring relief to the people appealing to all to honour their civic responsibilities by paying rates to the assembly to increase it’s internally generated funds base.

The Executive Director of SIRDA, Hajia Alimah Sagito Saeed, urged residents to follow laid-down structures at the Municipality to seek information on issues such as the Assembly’s projects to promote accountability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Having adopted citizens and community engagements, advocacy and practical-based knowledge sharing, the Rural Initiatives and Self-Empowerment-Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has chalked some success in the areas of health, sanitation, education, water, security and governance in some communities in the three regions of the north.

Under their programmes: “I Am Aware (IAA)”, which is a non-partisan citizen empowerment campaign, where data on the state of public goods and public service delivery in the 216 districts across the country are collected, analyzed, archived, and disseminated via user-friendly website, the project has contributed to improvement in service delivery and accountability in Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions.

The aim of the project, which is to empower the ordinary citizen with information on whatever happens in their locality is to enable them to engage duty-bearers in order to make them more accountable and responsive.

The ‘IAA’ project, which started in 2014, has so far contributed to improved water situation in Karaga; improved governance in Gushegu; and improved sanitation in Binduri.

In an interview, the Executive Director of RISE-Ghana, Mr Awal Ahmed Kariama, said the implementation of the ‘IAA’ project at Gushegu has led to IAA citizen groups in the town making use of local governance Act to make Medium Term Development Plans (MTDPS) responsive to citizens’ needs.

Similarly, he said, based on the project, the Binduri District Assembly has pledged to provide toilet for Atuba market as well as providing a school block and furniture for Poyanbire primary school after the assembly’s engagement with IAA citizen groups.

Touching on Karaga, for instance, Mr Awal said the Karaga District IAA citizen group engaged local water boards for improved rural water coverage and accountability in managing proceeds.

He expressed happiness about how the IAA project is contributing to improved service delivery and accountability in the implementing districts.

He said citizens’ involvement in the governance process was key to improving the livelihoods of the ordinary person in the society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Road crashes in the Upper East Region has, from January to November this year, reduced by 84 as compared to that of last year during the same period.

The Region recorded 305 road crashes with 171 persons injured and 51 deaths as against last year which recorded 389 crashes, 260 injured persons and 90 deaths.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News in Bolgatanga, Denis Yeribu, the Upper East Regional Planning Officer of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), said nine persons out of 24 pedestrians who were knocked down by vehicles died.

He said about 55 percent of the vehicles involved in the road crashes were motorbikes and 45 persons out of the 51 deaths recorded this year were men.

He said if that trend continued in the region, most families would be left without breadwinners and poverty and delinquency could set in especially in the rural communities.

“It is a worrying growing trend in the region, where a high number of young people above 18-years, mostly men are dying needlessly, as a bit of caution could have prevented most of these deaths”.

The Planning Officer, however, attributed the decline in the road crashes in the region to the intensive education and sensitisation programmes the Commission undertook in the course of the year and added that about 2000 people had received training on road safety signs and measures.

“The Commission has intensified its outreach programmes to many people including teachers, drivers, educated people, potential road safety ambassadors as well as schools, churches, mosques and the communities especially crashes prone areas and it has yielded positive results”, he said.

Mr Yeribu said recklessness, speeding, overloading, and alcoholism were major causes of road crashes in the region and revealed that there were over 80 drinking spots along the principal streets of Bolgatanga Municipal alone in the region.

As part of efforts to ensure safety on the roads during the Christmas season, he admonished drinking bar operators not to leave their drunken customers alone but get people to accompany them home.

He said the Commission would collaborate effectively with the Ghana Police Service, and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority to improve their work of intensive education and law enforcement and urged the media to assist in the sensitisation process.

He advised transport operators to assign two drivers particularly for long distances and warned drivers to avoid the intake of drugs to keep them active as the side effects could be harmful.

He asked motorbike riders to wear their helmets to prevent deaths during crashes adding that effective operation of the Commission continued to be hindered by poor budgetary allocation to the Commission and appealed to the government to review the Commission’s budget upwards to make it more resourceful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traditional rulers in the Dagbon traditional area have unanimously kicked against any attempt to include any part of the area in the creation of the proposed Eastern Corridor region.

Despite their differing positions on the pending performance of the funerals of the two overlords of Dagbon, they arrived at a consensus on the matter at a meeting in Yendi.

The said meeting, which brought together chiefs from both sides of the chieftaincy divide in Dagbon, was chaired by the Regent of Dagbon, the Kampakuya Yakubu Abdulai Andani.

“The Council welcomed the Government policy of regional reorganization and pledged to support it. It reflected deeply on the implications of the creation of new regions out of the current Northern Region, and how the reorganization will affect the fortunes of Dagbon Traditional Area,” a statement from the Council said.

“The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbon lands for the convenience of new regional formations. It will, however continue to respect the legitimate demands of identified stakeholders for new regions to be carved out of the Northern Region.”

Citi News gathered that, a delegation will be sent to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to officially inform him of their position.

Below was a communique issued at the end of the meeting.

Dagbon Traditional Council Meets on Regional Reorganization
Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Regent of Dagbon, and acting President of the Dagbon Traditional Council, Kampakuya-Naa, Andani Yakubu Abdulai called a special Expanded Council meeting to discuss the Government initiated Constitutional processes on Regional Reorganization.

The Special Meeting of the Dagbon Traditional Council (DTC) was held at the forecourt of the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi today. The meeting brought together Paramount Chiefs, Divisional Chiefs and prominent citizens of the Dagbon Traditional Area. In all, chiefs from 13 Districts, (Metro and Municipalities included) that makeup the Dagbon Traditional Areas in the Northern Region attended the special expanded meeting.

These 13 districts are: Tamale Metro, Cheriponi, Gushegu, Kariga, Kumbungu, Mion, Saboba, Sagnarigu, Savelugu/Nanton Municipal, Tatale/Sanguli, Tolon, Yendi Municipal, and Zabzugu. These 13 districts encapsulate the jurisdictions of the Traditional Area.

The Council welcomed the Government policy of regional reorganization and pledged to support it. It reflected deeply on the implications of the creation of new regions out of the current Northern Region and how the reorganization will affect the fortunes of Dagbon Traditional Area.

The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbon lands for the convenience of new regional formations. It will however continue to respect the legitimate demands of identified stakeholders for new regions to be carved out of the Northern Region.

In consultation with the Regent of Bimbilla, it has been decided that the Dagbon Traditional Council and the Nanung Traditional Council will issue a joint Memorandum to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Regional Reorganization, spelling out our demands. The two Councils have the highest confidence in the Government of His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and the policy on Regional Reorganization and will continue to cooperate in the implementation of the policy.

Thank you.
SIGNED
Registrar
Dagbon Traditional Council
cc: All Media Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Youth of Kpaguri a suburb of Wa in the Upper West Region on Saturday evening chased out women believed to be operating as prostitutes in the area.

Properties including beds, cooking utensils, food items and standing funds have all been destroyed.

While the youth set the alleged prostitutes’ fence wall ablaze, they identify the victims who are on the run for their lives.

The incident according to eyewitnesses was characterized by what the community sees as a treat to the moral upbringing among children in the area.

Even though he wouldn’t want his name to be mentioned, he said the residents of the area have had it tough with the alleged prostitutes and the house owner for asking the house owner to relocate them.

He said the case was reported at the Wa Naa’s palace which they was still no solution to the problem and that the Tendaamba considers that area as a sacred place, therefore, cannot allow prostitution there.

Even though the case was later reported to the Upper West Regional police for investigation, the youth have decided to take the law into their hands by hiding under the dark to chase out the alleged prostitutes and also destroyed all their belongings.

The incident happened around 7pm on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Upper East region has lost a third final-year student in a week in a suspected meningitis attack at the Zuarungu Senior High School (ZUSHS).

Pretty-looking Rukaya Ibrahimah, a General Arts student, died Sunday aged 19 years inside an isolation room (also called the “darkroom”) at the Upper East Regional Hospital.

Five more students from the same school are also said to be on admission at the hospital for showing signs of the disease, with three of them in critical condition.

Dr. Patrick Atobrah, Medical Director at the hospital, confirmed the tragedy after Starr News had visited the facility to interact with Rukaya’s worried-looking relations and friends of she before she passed on.

“We were in the school last Friday when she started complaining about her head and neck. We came and they (the regional hospital) gave her some malaria drugs which were expired when we checked. Yesterday, I was in school when they called me that she had been admitted,” a close friend to the deceased, Munira Karim, told Starr News.

Nurses who attended to the student in the “darkroom” said she showed signs of meningitis. Speaking to Starr News Sunday afternoon, Dr. Atobrah said some samples of blood drawn from her body whilst still alive were being examined to establish the cause of death.

Rukaya’s elder brother, Laminu, lamented: “They told us it was a suspected case of meningitis. What pains us is that she was brought here yesterday. They couldn’t do the test. I stood for hours. Saliva in form of foam was coming out from her mouth and nose, like when you apply soap on water. They were pumping it out. I ran inside the ward. I don’t know whether I flew or jumped. I believe the test should have been done yesterday, not today.”

Her father, who arrived from the Bawku West District this morning after receiving a word that his daughter had been taken ill, was too distraught to speak as a mortuary attendant wheeled the corpse slowly away to the morgue.

A wave of meningitis attack in the region left two final-year students dead only last week at the Bawku Senior High Technical School and the Tempane Senior High School with several students hospitalised at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital.

Some parents, amid a pounding meningitis scare, stormed the affected schools to temporarily withdraw their children to safety.

Several students at the Zuarungu Senior High School lodged grave complaints about congestion at their dormitories when Starr News visited the school Sunday.

“A room meant for 32 students is being shared by over 70 students because each of the 32 beds inside a dormitory is being shared by two students and there are those who sleep on the floor. The Hilla Limann House is more crowded than the Abaabagre House and, as you can see, there are a lot of chop boxes packed in the veranda because there is no space inside to keep them,” said a student.

Another student grumbled: “This time is better. The early months of the year are always the worst, when the weather is so unbearable most of us are forced to sleep outside. Come around when that time comes and see for yourself what happens here.”

Health Coalition Decries Congestion in Schools

Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Secretariat of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health is gushing tears over the “massive congestion” at boarding schools in the region with a plea on government to address the situation before things spin out of control.

“Intelligence has indicated that the recent reports of the occurrence of meningitis which has claimed many lives so far is precipitated by overcrowding in the schools. Our investigations show that most schools in the region have been compelled to run the in-out system of lodging with many students sleeping outside due to overcrowding.

“These unorthodox arrangements by the affected schools through not any fault of theirs is unthinkable as it comes with a myriad of health menace. Between October and November this year many schools in the region had had to contend with several deaths of students blamable to the stress many of them especially those already with compromised health statuses were going through,” said a statement signed and issued by the Upper East Regional Chairman of the coalition, Asakeya Noble Alagskomah.

The statement added, “Given the mass negative impact of the disease to the people of the region and for that matter Ghana, we suggest the following [among others] for containing and comprehensively managing the situation in order to prevent further mortality: De-congest all boarding to avoid the spread of the disease by providing tents or pavilions to shelter students till the rains set or the conditions are favourable and to avoid further overcrowding of our schools in the next academic year, steps should be taken to avoid placing more applicants than the schools can contain.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A student of Tempane Senior High School in the Garu-Tempane district of the Upper East Region is reported to have died from Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CMS)

The student reported to the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital earlier this week in critical condition.

His death brings to two, the number of students who have died from the condition in the Region within this week.
On Wednesday, a 19-year-old Bawku Secondary Technical School student also died from CSM.

Confirming the death of the Tempane SHS student to Citi News, the Medical Director of the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Clement Oppong, said the condition can better be managed if those affected seek early treatment.

“So far we have a lot of students coming in but we were able to confirm only 2 meningitis cases and unfortunately we lost both of them. One is from the Bawku Secondary Technical and the other one is from Tempane Secondary School. We received about 10 students, the 8 of them, we couldn’t confirm meningitis, in fact, some of them were discharged yesterday [Friday].”

“For now, the season for meningitis, we are already in it, the heat and all. We have to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms, anybody with a fever, headache, neck pains have to report to the hospital as early as possible for us to examine the person and do the necessary investigation. Meningitis is not a condition that kills automatically unless you report late. Those who report early and likely to survive,” he said.

Meningitis in SHSs

There appears to be an outbreak of meningitis in some Senior High Schools in the country.

The development comes after an outbreak of H1N1 influenza type A at the Kumasi Academy in the Ashanti Region.

A preliminary report by a medical team at the Damongo District Hospital earlier this week, indicated that the death of a student at Damongo Senior High School in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region, was caused by non-communicable meningitis.

The Eastern Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Charity Sarpong, also this week confirmed that, a second-year science student of Koforidua Technical School SECTECH, who passed away over the weekend, died from Meningitis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A 40-year-old woman has died after unknown assailants stormed her home on Tuesday spraying her with bullets while she watched television with her children in the northern regional town of Bimbilla.

A joint police and military patrol team found the body of Alhassan Rahinatu when they rushed to the area after hearing the gunshots.
The daughter of the deceased, 14-year-old Khadija Bediako, was also hit on her left shoulder.

The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Bimbilla government hospital for preservation.
The wounded teenager is also in the same hospital where she is being treated. Police say she is responding to treatment.
Twenty-year-old Bediako Kamel – son of the deceased – escaped unscathed in the attack.

Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional police, ASP Yussif Mohammed Tanko, told Joy News correspondent Hasmin Mohammed, that preliminary investigations revealed the spouse of the deceased, Abraham Bediako from the Andani gate was the target but was not at home at the time the shots were fired.

According to him, the unidentified gunmen stood at the entrance of the Bediako’s home and shot while they watched television.
It is still unclear why Abraham was targeted. The police are still investigating the issue.

Tuesday’s killing brings the number of violent related deaths in the Northern region over the past two weeks to 11.
Police are yet to make any arrests in all instances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Northern Regional Police Commander has revealed a sharp rise in the proliferation of unlicensed weapons in the area.

DCOP Adusei Sarpong’s revelation followed the killing of four persons by unknown assailants at Najong number 1, a community in the Bunkprugu/Yunyoo district.

Addressing the media in Tamale, the police chief revealed that, “Police is aware that there are a number of unregistered weapons in the system, and day in day out people try to bring in more.”

He, however, allayed the fears of the public, saying, “Our intensification of searches at the various checkpoints has served as disincentive for criminals, but there are people who are daring and would like to do everything possible to outwit the police.

Be assured and I assure the public, that the police will do our possible best to make the region safer for law-abiding citizens.”

DCOP Adusei Sarpong recalled the arrest of some six suspected arms smugglers by the Gambaga divisional command to buttress his point of a proliferation of unlicensed weapons in the region.

“On the 8th December 2017 in the morning at about 10:00 o’clock, Gambaga police arrested a Nissan patrol with registration number GE5433-16 with six passengers on board including a woman.”

“Upon a search conducted in the vehicle, six pump action guns with 130 BB cartridges were found in the car, and all the occupants were then arrested and brought to the regional police command for investigations.”

He said all the suspects have been transferred to the police CID headquarters for further investigations.

“In view of the seriousness of the case especially with the recent use of weapons in Northern Region, the case is been transferred to the CID headquarters for further investigations.

Forensic investigations need to be conducted on the weapons, and that is why the case has been transferred to the police CID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has raked in over US$335million as revenue from the sale of power to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) since the commissioning of its 400 MW Generating Station in December 19, 2013.

This was contained in a document which was made available to mynewsgh.com by the Authority.

Speaking to the Press at a Breakfast Meeting in Accra the Chief Executive Officer of Bui Power Authority Mr. Fred Oware dismissed the notion by some players in the energy sector that Bui Power Authority had become a white elephant since its establishment in 2007.

According to him, Bui Power is a healthy power generating entity stressing that “We cannot be described as a white elephant when we are generating so much electricity to feed into the national grid.”

Statistics from the Bui Power Authority indicates that the Authority generated 616MW of power in 2014, 868MW in 2015, 293 MW in 2016 and 542MW in 2017.

Touching on the development, Mr. Fred Oware attributed it, to what he described as the decline in the level of water in the Dam.

He told the Press that BPA had positioned itself as the leading Renewable Energy leaders powering green energy for the country.

“BPA, this year, expanded focus to Renewable Energy. This was in line with the Ministry of Energy’s vision of increasing the Renewable to about 10% of the country’s energy mix. This means we should be looking at adding at least 500MW of renewable energy to the country’s energy generation. In this regard, BPA has expanded its Switch yard at the Bui GS to accommodate 250MW of solar- generated power.

“BPA will be the first hybrid generation plant by the end of 2018, combining hydro and solar power generation. The Authority intends to train more of its engineers and other staff in pursuing and accomplishing this very important task of meeting the Ministry of Energy’s target for Renewable Energy generation,” Mr. Fred Oware said.

Mr. Fred Oware explained that BPA is also prospecting six possible sites for solar power generation in the three Northern Regions, commencing a 30kV generation from the Tsatsadu Falls in Volta Region and working with GS- Wind and University of Ghana on wind energy generation.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Police in Bimbilla in the Northern region have arrested three persons for violating curfew and engaging the security forces who attempted to arrest them in a shootout.

The three suspects responded with their local fire arms when the soldiers patrolling the town fired warning shots to compel them to stop.

They were, however, overpowered and arrested. The arms were retrieved and are currently in Police custody. The suspects were arrested Monday dawn.

According to Starr FM’s Northern regional Correspondent Eliasu Tanko, the suspects are sympathisers of the late Nakpa Na, a faction in the current chieftaincy crisis in the area.

Tanko reports that the Police has also failed to reveal the identities of the suspects as investigations have begun into the incident.

In a related development, six persons have been arrested transporting pump action guns and dozens of cartridge to Namong in the Yunyoo constituency where tensions over creation of a new district is escalating.

The suspects have been identified as Haruna Issah, 30, Jabut Nwoyo 37, Danso Suuk 30, Taiku Kwabena 30, Frank Fuseini 42 and Tahiru Ayariga 55.

Taiku Kwabena claimed ownership of the guns and the ammunition according to regional Police Commander DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police in the Northern Region are rejecting claims of looming security threats in Bimbilla.

This follows growing security concerns after the recent arrests of some persons at the Nakpa Naa’s palace for possessing guns.

The three suspects had violated curfew and fired shots in response to warning shots by soldiers patrolling the town to compel them to stop.

The soldiers managed to arrest them and placed in police custody.

Spokesperson for the Bimbilla Regent, Tahidu Osman Kikaa strongly believes the incident is a reflection of the security laxity on the part of the regional security authority as well as the Interior and Defence Ministries.

Bimbilla has been fraught with long-standing chieftaincy disputes between the two royal gates but the police maintain they are on top of security there.

ASP Mohammed Tanko who spoke to Class News’ Blessed Sogah maintains the police are in control of issues and no chaos will be tolerated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rape cases are on the increase in the Northern Region as Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, DOVVSU, recorded 19 such cases by October 2017 as against 18 cases recorded in 2016.

As at October 2017, DOVVSU also recorded 22 cases of defilement compared to 24 such cases recorded in 2016 in the region.

Despite increased awareness to stop the practice, forced marriages persists in the region as two cases were recorded by October 2017 as against three cases recorded in 2016.

Mr Inusah Iddrisu, Senior Public Education Officer/Investigator at the Northern Region office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, presented the figures at a community durbar in Tamale to mark the end of celebration of 16 -day Activism against Gender-based Violence in the region.

The community durbar was organized by the Northern Regional Department of Gender under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with EQWiP HUBS with sponsorship from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The 16- Days Activism against Gender-based Violence (November 25 to December 10) is an international campaign originating from the first global women’s leadership instituted in 1999 and it is an instrument used by all well-meaning people to fight against atrocities meted out to women.

Mr Iddrisu said the figures show that there was the need for an increased awareness to reduce, if not eradicate, gender-based violence to guarantee human rights for all.

He said there is the need for traditional authorities, assembly persons and unit committee members to assist victims of gender-based violence to seek justice as well as liaise with security services to deal with sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

Madam Bushira Alhassan, Acting Northern Regional Director of the Department of Gender, said since 2015, reported cases of assault, rape and defilement had been on the increase in the region.

She said “violence against women and girls is a human right issue. It discriminates, humiliates and robs women and girls of their rights and dignity. It is a silent killer as most women often will not talk about it for fear of being victimized or for fear of losing their marriages and livelihoods.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four persons are feared dead, with 11 others wounded following sporadic gunshots on Sunday November 10 at Najong number 1, a community in the Bunkprugu/Yunyo district of the Northern Region.

The police administration is yet to confirm the death toll and the number of casualties, but some residents particularly women and children have fled the area.

The cause of the gunshots is yet to be established though tension has heightened there.

A similar situation occurred on November 17, 2017, over the siting of the capital of the yet to be created Yunyoo district.

Six arrested for attempting to smuggle weapons into Yunyo

On Friday December 8, 2017, six suspected arms smugglers including a woman, were arrested for attempting to smuggle six pump action guns and 130 cartridges into Yunyo.

The suspects are in police custody for further investigations.

Disagreements over the location of the capital of the yet to be created Yunyo district is causing fear and panic around the Bunkprugu enclave.

Some are proposing Namong to be the capital, whilst others are pushing for Bunkprugu.

 

 

 

 

 

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