I don’t know what wrong Samini may have done to the “gods” of Dagbon (Tamale).
About 3 or 4 years ago, during his MTN “SaminiFest”, the show was slated for Friday. It rained through out that Friday night, then the show was rescheduled for next day (Saturday), it rained through out that night too. Then the show was pushed to Sunday, it rained on Sunday night again but the artistes performed to a hand-few of patrons.
As if that’s not enough, yesterday was another “SaminiFest” but this time ”Sallah Party”, due to 1 or 2 things the show was rescheduled for today, as I type now on my phone, its raining again tonight.
Samini was here on the VGMA nominees jam, it rained the first night and show was pushed to next day.
Now let me ask you a question, Do u know the meaning of Samini?
I understand it means ”The rain god”. Now I guess that’s why it keep raining on the gods (Samini) shows.
Lack of a permanent mental health facility is making treatment of mental patients very difficult in the Upper West region. Mental Health Coordinator Randy Sedem Agbodo is therefore advocating that a substantive mental health facility be put in place for both staff and patients to ensure effective treatment processes. Mr. Agbodo said this in interview at Wa.
The mental health Act 846 clearly stipulates that every regional hospital should have a mental health wing where patients can be admitted for close observation.
However in the Upper West Region, providing therapy for mental patients who need to be kept in a facility and observed by health workers becomes a challenge as there is no permanent facility dedicated to that course. Mental Health Coordinator, Randy Agbodo says lack of permanent mental health facility is very worrying. He said they have over thirty nurses yet no facikity to allow smooth working procedure. He indicated that the region has no psychiatrist and other specialist who attend to mental health patients.
Mr Agobo believes rehabilitation of mental patients will be effective and efficient if there is a permanent facility.
He said the longest they are able to admit patients is for five days and their nurses are unable to frequent the wards because they are not on the medical wards.
This he said makes observation difficult as some of the patient need to be kept under close observation in order to determine their condition and the therapy to provide.
He said his outfit has on several occasions lobbied key policy makers in the region to include a permanent mental health wing in the new regional hospital which is currently under construction.
Ghana’s former president, John Agyekum Kufuor has said Ghana is a fortunate state to have an economic brains like the New Patriotic Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Mr Kufuor who chaired a public lecture addressed by Dr. Bawumia at the National Theater in Accra Ghana on Thursday September 8, 2016 said he was proud to be a part of a programme that sought to shed light on the foundations on which Ghana’s economic fortunes were borne.
“The nation must count itself fortunate to have a son like Bawumia who roundly fits the role of a needed analyst” Mr Kufuor said in his acceptance remarks.
“I accept to chair the proceedings and entreat everyone to give the requisite attention…to get an insight, we must be held with the analysis of the foundation on which our economy stands.”
The lecture, dubbed “The State of the Ghanaian Economy – A Foundation of Concrete or Straw”, is one Mr Kufuor is of the opinion is “arguably the most topical for this nation.”
“Everybody in Ghana wants to know what lies ahead economically and socially for the country.”
As part of his lecture, Dr. Bawumia showed the difference between two separate eras of economic management, the competent and the incompetent eras.
Hopin Academy and its partners; RUMNET, YEFL and Ghana Friends in Denmark have launched the Youth Speak UP project. The project focuses mainly on youth in some four deprived districts of Tamale, Northern Ghana; Kumbungu, Savelugu, Saboba and Karaga. Youth Speak Up will be holding both offline and online discussions this Saturday 10th September 2016 on how to curb Teenage Pregnancy in the identified districts. Teenage pregnancy is defined as an unintended pregnancy during adolescence. A female teenager can be pregnant as early as age 12 or 13, although it is usually 14 or older. In Ghana, females represent 51.2 per cent of the entire population of almost 25 million whereas adolescents represent 22.4 per cent of the total population. The rates of teenage pregnancy in Ghana are high; of all births registered in the country in 2014, 30 per cent were by adolescents, and 14 per cent of adolescents aged between 15 and 19 years had begun childbearing.
Regional assessment of teenage pregnancy in Ghana shows that the Upper East, Volta, Brong Ahafo, Central and Eastern regions have the highest regional rates of 14 per cent and above between of 2012 and 2014. Of these regions the Upper East Region has the highest national prevalence rate of teenage pregnancy – 15 per cent. The Northern Region has the lowest prevalence rate of 4.4 per cent and is followed by Greater Accra with 6.6 per cent.
Last Saturday night, 27th, saw active change makers and counselors at Hopin Academy, the Youth SpeakUp night saw the likes of Miss Blessilla , Maccarthy Lomotey, Ruka Yaro, Mrs Hikmat Baba Dua, Carole Donkers, Mr Sofo, Mr Mash, Mr Mustapha, Zakaria Abdul Hakim Cisse, Clement Boateng, representatives of CHRAJ, and partner radio stations of the project and community based journalist and many many others, they gathered to discuss Violence against Women. Violence against women and girls has many manifestations, including forms that may be more common in specific settings, countries and regions. Violence against women manifests itself as physical, sexual, emotional and economic.
Further analysis of the data between 2012 and 2014 indicates that Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo regions had an increasing trend of teenage pregnancy rates over the last three years. It is significant to note also that no region has shown an annual decreasing trend in the prevalence of teenage pregnancy.Regionally, Greater Accra has one of the lowest prevalence rate of teenage pregnancy and the top three districts that have the highest prevalence rate are Accra Metro, Kumasi Metro and Techiman municipality. The top districts that recorded the highest prevalence rates of teenage pregnancy are all in urban centers. In all regions in Ghana, females experience their first sexual encounter earlier than their male counterparts. Research shows that there is a direct link between levels of education and the age of the first sexual intercourse experience. The higher the educational level of the adolescent, the less likely they are to engage in sexual intercourse at an early age. There had also been significant rise in the percentage of young adolescents who had a child or were pregnant between the years of 2008 and 2014. These percentages describe the escalation of teenage pregnancy percentages with the increase in age.
To address the high rates of teenage pregnancy in Ghana, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection convened a nationwide stakeholders meeting on December 7, 2015, to assess the current level, to conduct a situation analysis and to strategise for sustained national sensitization. In addition, the ministry complied a Mapping Report on Teenage Pregnancy in Ghana, focusing on the key strategies in addressing it.
An overview of teenage pregnancy in Ghana including its causes and effects highlighted the importance of understanding the context surrounding teenage pregnancy and the implications and concerns arising in Ghana. Linkages to health, educational levels, wealth categories and the inter-generational transfer of poverty, were made throughout the presentation.
Moving forward, governmental attention must be focused on information and services to support young women through comprehensive sexuality education and re-integration strategies for young mothers.
The Ghana Health Service has focused on education as its main strategy in addressing sexual and reproductive issues in Ghana and with services predominately focused on the current needs of young unmarried women
Afro beats, Afro Pop, Highlife and Soul artiste Nazz A.K.A Nazz Official, ahead of the release his first Afro beat single Money O song produced by Flamez, will be available on iTunes, Google-play, Apple, Amazon and all digital stores after its release this September 20th.
Back in the day, it used to be every musician’s dream to see his CD on the racks of the local record store, Now iTunes is the place to be when it comes to hocking music.
Money O, song highlights the advantages and the power of being Rich, Nazz Money O, speaks of the goodies one enjoys with money and the difficulties one goes through without money. Born in Tamale, the capital of Northern region in Ghana, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at the ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY COLLEGE-GHANA.
Music has been NAZZ greatest strength to expressing how he feels personally and socially. Nazz music career began back in the Senior Secondary School. Currently working on several projects which includes Afro beats, Afropop, Highlife and soul.
According to the management of NazzOfficialMusic, NAZZ will be live on twitter this 10th Spetember to answer questions the public would like to ask the artiste, anyone can ask questions using the#AskNazz. Nazz via his twitter handle @Nazzofficial and his management will do their best to answer all questions.
The Paramount Chief of the Tumu Traditional Area, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, says he approves of the ‘1-District-1-Factory’ and the ‘1-Village-1-Dam’ policies of the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to him, these policies are the surest ways by which the teeming masses of unemployed youth in his town can be gainfully employed, as the twin-track of industrialization and the increase in agricultural productivity will create jobs and bring prosperity to his people.
Expressing his hope that “whatever you have been fighting for over the past years, this time round you will have it” the Paramount Chief of Tumu indicated to the NPP flag bearer that he has been keenly monitoring the various campaign messages of the various parties, and had come to the conclusion that the promises being made by Nana Akufo-Addo can be implemented.
“With the promises we have heard you deliver on the campaign trail, my people and I believe those messages. We believe that you can perform and carry out those messages, particularly the 1-District-1-Factory. I endorse it wholeheartedly,” the Tumu Kuoro said.
He explained that, “if you consider the Upper West, we have a lot (of resources). If you go to the agricultural sector, we have maize, groundnuts and all manner of products. I believe that our district can even have more than 10 factories. We have the raw materials for more than 10 factories in our district.”
It was the hope of Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI that victory for the Nana Akufo-Addo would mean the establishment of these factories, “so that my teeming youth can get employment for themselves, instead of running down-south for non-existent jobs.”
On the NPP flagbearer’s promise of “1-Village-1-Dam”, the Tumu Chief revealed that “we have been following governments, since time immemorial, and, still, we have not gotten a dam. So I believe that if you give us a dam, it will really help us so much. And we are looking forward to you coming to office, so you give us a dam.”
The Paramount Chief of Tumu made this known on Sunday, September 4, 2016, when Nana Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on him at his palace, as part of his tour of the Sissala East constituency.
Touching on the deplorable nature of the roads leading to Tumu, which the NPP flagbearer travelled on as he made his way to the town, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI bemoaned the fact that “the current President is our brother, but he has not been able to do anything to help us in the area of the roads. So we are looking up to you, so that when you come to power, we believe that you will be able to fix these roads for us.”
Making reference to the “collaboration” that once existed between the NPP and the PNC in the Sissala East constituency, leading to the then PNC candidate, Moses Dani Baah winning the seat, the Tumu Chief urged Nana Akufo Addo to consider such a merger for the benefit of his people.
“I am aware that politics needs collaboration. In the past, I am aware that your party (NPP) and other parties have collaborated, and it has yielded results. So it is my wish that if you can work together, it will help us to get what we want. If not, we may be pushed aside,” he appealed.
Alhassan Mohammed Nazeeru formally known as CAPASCO and now, Nazz A.K.A Nazz Official. Born in Tamale, the capital of Northern region in Ghana. Attended both basic and secondary school in Tamale and moved to the capital of Ghana (Accra) to study at the ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY COLLEGE-GHANA, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
MoneyO, an Afro Beat song produced by Flamez is a song that highlights the advantages and power of being Rich, when Money speaks, everyone obeys. Nazz Money O, speaks of the goodies one enjoys with money and the difficulties one goes through without money.
Studied at Tamale polytechnic in the Northern Region capital and then to NIIT. Began radio in 2004 at fiila FM Tamale, Moved to Citi FM in 2010. One won’t marvel when you find out that Mr Gaddafi was the entertainment prefect back at Secondary School and currently studying Communication.
Speaking to Dj Gaddafi about Nazz and NazzOfficialMusic the most respected and well mannered Citi Fm Dj Gaddafi said: ” I have met few musicians who are as passionate as Nazz, he loves what he does. Money O, is a song that will take his career to another level. Nazz style is a blend of English and Dagbani which is very unique and refreshing to listen to. I entrust he should keep working hard and should not settle for mediocrity”.
” Music lovers are tired with the usual languages that people sing in, they want to listen to something new, that’s why music from Mafikizolo became big hits in Ghana even though the language was strange ” Dj Gaddafi added.
When asked which is his favorite part of the song ‘Money O’ Mr Gaddafi replied, ” I like the Dagbani part and i would say Nazz style is Afrobeats Or Afro pop if you like ”
Music has been NAZZ greatest strength to expressing how he feels personally and socially. Nazz music career began back in the Senior Secondary School. Currently working on several projects which includes afro beats, afropop ,highlife and soul.
Derrick Rex Kpogeh, Author and Teacher, former script writer and post production supervisor on Viasat 1 Ghana Laugh a Minute comedy show.
“The beat is very much on point. The sound engineer has taken his time. Nazz switch from pidgin to Dagbani is awesome. Accentuates his versatility. His voice and lyrics blend into the beat effortlessly. Hats off to the sound engineer too. He took his time. I love it”.
According to the management of NazzOfficialMusic, Nazz much anticipated single Money O is set to be released this September 20th and would be available on iTunes, Google-play, Apple,Amazon and all digital stores.
The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo yesterday worshiped with the congregation at St Andrews Cathedral in the Upper West Regional capital Wa.
Addressing the people, Nana Addo thanked the Bishop of Wa, Most Rev Dr. Richard Baawobr and the congregation of the St Andrews Cathedral for the warm welcome. “It has been an exhilarating experience for me, because everywhere I have gone I have been met with so much enthusiasm and so much warmth and that beats my imagination” he proclaimed.
Nana Addo used the occasion to promise Ghanaians that, an Akuffo Addo-led administration will provide jobs for the youth and put in place favorable policies that will advance the country’s economy.
He reiterated the intended industrial program of the NPP, which is the one district one factory and putting in place firm irrigation policies that will revive the agricultural industries. He also promised to revive the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), provide free Senior High School (SHS) education and restore the teacher trainee allowances.
He further pleaded with the congregation and the general public to return the NPP into power come December 7.
University for Development Students Alhassan Danaa and Akadiiwen Allampiung Jacob have together come up with a brilliant idea to help promote backyard garden and can also be expand to a large farm. Here is what they intend to do to improve the dying agriculture sector in our countries if they get funding and all the support needed Dr Alhassan Danaa explained.
As part of our intention of improving plantation of trees in the rural communities of the country, “the team of inventors” has come out with a local way of nursing trees and watering system that is suitable for all households and rural populace.
The tin/plastic garden is meant to use emptied tomato (big size) tins connected with water hosts to a storage jar of water that can that can operate to give water supply automatically in a convenient way at the household level. This system at the time of droughts and or dried season can use the household waste water system filtered with charcoal, or sea sand or, rocks as water source for the nursery at home.
The tin/plastic garden also makes use of plastics (sizable) buckets in place of the tins (tomato tin) nursery connected to the same automatic watering system for adequate supply of water for plants.
The tin/plastic garden can also serve as irrigation system when seedlings are finally transplanted into the field. This system gives the plant adequate of supply of water in the field and also saves labor at the same time.
By the use of the tin/plastic garden we can grow vegetables for home consumption which at long last would save family expenditure level. Treated water from the home would also prevent the growth of mosquitoes and breeding germs in the household.
This project can be implemented at both the household level and in the farm land. Vegetable, economic trees and other flowers can be grown in the home using the tin garden. At the farm level, this can also be use to nurse plants as well as serve as irrigation system in the field.
Materials needed for implementations
Some of the material that would be needed to implement the project are:
Tomato tins (emptied)
Water storage thank
Jerican (kuffour gallons)
Below is pictures of a sample Tin Garden
How it operates
The water supply comes from the whit jerrican, flows through the plastic pipe, to the empty pen cases and to the tomato tin containers where we have a cloth covering the mouth of the pen inside the Tin and soil is filled. The soil would then take the water from the soaked cloth covering the mouth of the pen and the plant also takes from the soil. The plant then grows till it’s time to be transplanted into the field.
In the field we can still use this kind of a system for watering where each Tin in would be perforated from the lower part and its placed under each plant and the tins are connected to water source hence when water enters in the Tin, water flows through the perforated holes and water the plant evenly.
In place of the TINS we can also use plastic container and connect them to PVC pipe where the same ideology of the TIN garden is applied.
In other not to over flood the system with water, we have a receiver TIN/container where water from the jerrican enters and then move to other Tins through an automatic controller, when there is excess water the system locks and when the water is drained the system opens again.
This system is so simple that, it can be used in the dried season or period of drought where household waste water can be filleted using charcoal or rocks to get clean water to be stored and used to water plants.
This Garden is to encourage growing of trees in a simple way by all people than can correct and bring normal rains.
This garden would also be very good for back yard vegetable growing especially if jerians are used.
The system too is easy to use no skills is needed to operate or use it hence very good for all local housing.
Ghanaians have barely three months to go to the polls to elect a president to administer the affairs of the country for the next four years. While it has become necessary for every citizen above eighteen years to exercise their franchise, it must be done responsibly.
In this regard, stakeholders in the electioneering processes particularly peace ambassadors have stepped up efforts aimed at promoting peace campaigns nationwide.
State institutions such as the National Commission for Civic Education has also begun educating the populace on their rights and responsibilities during elections. In the Upper West Region, the Sissala West District Office of the Commission has taken its peaceful elections message to the people through durbars and meeting them at their social and religious gatherings.
The success of the 2016 general election will add to Ghana’s credential as the beacon of peace and democracy in sub Saharan Africa. To ensure that the peaceful election trend is maintained, various stakeholders are doing their bid in terms of campaigning for peace through several activities.
The peace march by the Ghana Police Wives Association, the Muslim Community in Wa and other peace ambassadors are notable examples.
The National Commission for Civic Education has not relented on its efforts either. There have been several educational tit bits on elections on social media by the Commission or at fora.
One such fora has taken place at Gwollu in the Sissala West District the Upper West Region. Explaining the rationale for the fora, the District Director of the Commission, Mr Eliasu Hussein said the exercise of targeted at women groups significantly because they are the ones that suffer most in times of crisis and at the same time can become the cause of the misunderstanding. He said they are in no particular structure sensitizing stakeholders and community leaders on the need to pursue deeds that will enhance peace in Ghana.
What exactly has Mr Elliasu been telling his listeners? Mr Eliasu had advised the residents to be tolerant of all political parties and their activities irrespective of their affiliation.
Again he sounded a caution note to political parties to embark on Issue-based campaign and not insult-based campaign.
Mr Hussain said although they are faced with logistical constraints, NCCE will not renege on its duties towards the citizenry.
It will be prudent for other stakeholders who carry peaceful election campaigns to target the youth who are most often used to ferment trouble.
Pregnant women have been advised to sleep under treated bed nets in order to protect them from malaria.
The mosquito nets should be used irrespective of the weather condition because the insects operate in every season. The Sissala East District Director for health, Alex Bapulah says using treated insecticide nets is one efficient and cost-effective way of preventing malaria.
Mr Bapulah was speaking in an interview at Tumu on the malaria prevention measures by the district health directorate.
Malaria cases is generally known to be on ascendancy in the rainy season where stagnant water become rampant, making it easier for breeding of mosquitoes.
The Upper West Region is currently going through its rainy season. Anti-malaria programs targeted at preventing the onset of malaria have gained prominence during the season.
The distribution of insecticide treated bed net, the dosing of children in the semi Chemo-prevention exercise are some of the activities being carried out to prevent malaria. In order to ensure that the bed nets are used for its intended purpose, the District Director for Health for Sissala East Alex Bapula says recipients need to use the net irrespective of the season.
He spoke against the act of using the nets for fishing and fencing backyard farming, adding that such practices do not serve the purpose of the net.
Mr Bapulah was of the opinion that pregnant women should use the nets regularly as it prevents them against malaria and it’s resultant effects on their health.
He said malaria could cause miscarriages, anemia, maternal and infant death, among others and the surest way to prevent it was to use the insecticide treated bed net.
Mr Bapulah advised the public on how to maintain the nets in order to make it last longer.
He said holes in the net should be patched in order to prevent it from becoming bigger.
He said washed nets should be dried under mild sunshine to prevent the chemicals from fading out.
treated insecticide nets will be distributed to residents of the Upper West Region in the course of next week.
The flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo yesterday reiterated his commitment to fulfill his promises if Ghanaians give him the nod as President of the Republic, come December 7.
Speaking to party members and sympathizers in Tamale in the Northern Region, Nana Addo reaffirmed his promise to revive the national health insurance scheme (NHIS). Stressing that, “the scheme which introduced in Ghana in 2003 by the NPP is not what it is today”.
The three-time presidential candidate for the party reiterated his promise of providing each district with a factory, and a dam for villages across the country. When given the mandate, he said, Ghanaians will witness the re-installment of teacher training allowance and that of the nursing training schools.
He also emphasized that he is still committed to the free S.H.S policy. “All these are policies that will be put in place to revive the country and bring progress and prosperity to Ghana” he said.
“I am going to fulfill each of my promises. I am not going to tell the Ghanaian people that I am going to do something while I cannot do. I will never do that” he emphasized.
Nana Addo made passionate appeal to the people of Northern Region to vote massively for the NPP and make him the President of Ghana at the polls.
Aggrieved customers of DKM Diamond Micro finance Company, God is Love Fun Club, Jastar Motors investment and other collapsed microfinance institutions in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana have today call on President Mahama to release their monies to them.
The spokesman for the group, Mr kwame Sarpong at a news conference in Nkoranza yesterday issued a week ultimatum to the President and the staff of the institution to pay back their monies or suffer the wrath of the “gods”.
“I entreat the people of Brong Ahafo not to vote the President and the NDC if they refuse to pay our money within a week” he said, adding that “the President is not compassionate about important issues such as this but the undue pardoning of the Montie trio instead of giving us back our money” he added.
He further pronounced curses on President Mahama, Dr. Kofi Wampah, former Governor of Bank of Ghana and the authorities of the microfinance and the pronunciations are supposed to take effect if they refuse to pay back the money.
It will be recalled that the Bank of Ghana invoked licences of some microfinance institutions in the country because according to the bank ,they had violated its operational regulations.
Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the 2016 vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, announced that an Akufo-Addo government, God-willing, from 2017 will allocate US$275 million per year to tackle issues relating to infrastructural development and poverty alleviation in rural and deprived communities across the country.
This amount, he explained, is to be contained in the “Infrastructure for Poverty Alleviation Program”, which will be established by Nana Akufo-Addo’s government, should Ghanaians repose their confidence in the NPP in this year’s elections.
Making this known on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Bunkpurugu, on the 1st day of Nana Akufo-Addo’s 4-day tour of the Northern Region, Dr. Bawumia explained that the monies for this program will be drawn out of the capital budget of the country, which, according to the 2016 budget, stands at US$1.6 billion.
He described the John Mahama government as “very bereft of ideas”, who keep complaining that “we (in the NPP) are saying we are making promises all over the place”, Dr. Bawumia explained that the Infrastructure for Poverty Alleviation Program the NPP will put in place “is going to lead to the eradication of poverty in this country.”
With each of the 275 constituencies benefiting from this program, Dr. Bawumia noted that “we are going to put resources at the disposal of the rural communities and the poorest communities in every constituency.”
He stressed that “in the capital budget of the country, we are going to be spending US$1.6 billion on capital expenditures this year. Our new program of infrastructure for poverty eradication is, therefore, going to take US$275 million from the capital expenditure budget”.
“Every constituency in Ghana, every year from this program, will get the equivalent of US$1 million to spend on priority infrastructure. You can use this US$1 million a year to deal with the problems of the constituency in the rural and deprived areas. It is up to the local people to decide what their problems are and what to use that US$1 million for.”
The NPP with this program, Dr. Bawumia reiterated, is “going to focus on rural development, on the poor, and after four years of Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with every constituency getting US$4 million, you will see growth in infrastructural development and poverty alleviation” in all 275 constituencies.
With the question of “where are you going to get the money from?” the most asked question when the NPP rolls out a policy, Dr. Bawumia stated that “the money is already there.”
He assured Ghanaians that the NPP is not coming into office “to steal the money”. We are going to use the money for the people and we are going to focus on the poor and the problems of the poor” he added.