WA WEST POLICE ENFORCES COVID-19 PROTOCOLS, ASKS ‘LAWLESS PEOPLE’ TO “DIE ALONE”

The Wa West District Police Commander of the Ghana Police Service, ASP Alexander Tana has called on residents of the Wa West District to strictly abide by the COVID 19 preventive measures in order to stay safe and alive.

He indicated that the restrictions announced by the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, will amount to nothing if they are not strictly enforced. It is for that reason he said he and his men are not relaxing on the enforcement of the rules. ASP Alexander Tana disclosed to W93.5FM that,” I and my men are committed to making sure that every single directive given by the president particularly on the wearing of nose mask, ensuring the recommended number for private burial and the adherence by religious bodies to the two hours per service”.

It was observed on last week that the district commander and his task force had guarded the four gates to the entry of the district capital to ensure that residents who wish to gain entry into the Wechiau Central Market were all masked up.

ASP Tana indicated that they were using that particular day to sensitize the citizenry but stressed that those without nose mask will not be lucky the next time if found culpable. He added that such victims would be arrested and arraigned before court for flouting such directives and endangering others around them. “If you want to die, please die alone and don’t involve others by your act of negligence” he told the general public.

The District Commander further noted that the enforcement process was not limited to the district capital (Wechiau) only, but that they were willing to use the little resources at their disposal to move to the hinterlands to ensure that every citizenry within Wa West District was safe. He cautioned his men to use every legitimate means in ensuring the laws are followed.

On his part, the vice chairman of GPRTU for the Wechiau area, Mr. Mahama Haruna welcomed the move by the Police Service and added that no passenger can board a vehicle at the lorry station without a face mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer. He encouraged the police to continue with the enforcement as it is the only tool to saving the lives of the citizenry. He was thankful to the president for putting in place such restrictions.

President Akufo-Addo reintroduced the ban on parties, weddings and funerals in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19, in the country. The President stressed that the restrictions were necessary due to the number of active cases being recorded daily. He added that beaches, nightclubs, cinemas be closed to the public as churches and mosques were urged to strictly implement the COVID-19 protocols.

President Akufo-Addo has hinted that Ghana will take its first COVID-19 vaccines by March 2021.

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PRIORITIZE ENDING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE – YOUNG WOMEN APPEAL TO TRADITIONAL RULERS IN WA

The Network for Young Women Empowerment (NYWE) in the Upper West region has called on stakeholders especially chiefs and traditional authorities to make the fight against gender-based violence a topmost priority in their dealings.

The Network made this appeal during a sensitization workshop organized in Wa as part of activities to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW). The NYWE with support from Plan International Ghana and the National Youth Authority also organized a float through the principal streets of Wa, as part of a 16-day long celebration of the IDEVAW, to create awareness on the need to see the elimination of gender-based violence as a collective responsibility.

Chairperson for the NYWE, Ida Nakaar in her address said gender-based violence should be seen as a societal and human right problem rather than a family problem. She indicated that, “one in every three young women experiences gender-based violence”, noting that young women need to be free to surf the internet and to go about their activities without fear. “We need all hands on deck to address this social canker”, she pleaded.

The workshop which was organized under the theme, “Orange the World; Freedom to be Online”, saw in attendance various stakeholders including traditional rulers, officers from the Department of Children, the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unity (DOVVSU), and the Ministry of Gender.

Meanwhile, Eric Ayaba of Plan International Ghana expressed delight in supporting the fight to eliminate violence and discrimination against women. He added that, Plan International as part of its mandate is to support the vulnerable in society especially young girls and women.

Mr. Ayaba also added his voice to the call on traditional rulers to collaborate and reduce household chores on young girls as that affects the development of young girls. He pledged Plan International (Ghana) support for programs geared towards the development of young girls and women.

On his part, ASP Adongo Apiiya said DOVVSU has so far recorded ten cases of defilement in 2020, which is a reduction from the 19 cases recorded in 2019. He stressed that anyone found guilty of defilement could go for seven years in prison. He further indicated a reduction in forced marriages and child slavery in the Upper West Region.

ASP Apiiya appealed to the traditional leaders to formulate bye-laws to curb streetism and child slavery, indicating that such laws will be gladly enforced by the Ghana police service to ensure parents become more responsible for their children.

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Hajia Humu Awudu is the best candidate for Wa Central – Gabby

A leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has called on constituents of Wa Central to see Hajia Humu Awudu as the best candidate for parliament who can bring the needed development to the constituency.

Speaking at the official campaign launch of the Wa central Constituency Parliamentary Candidate of the NPP, Hajia Humu Awudu, at the Naa Sidiki Bomi Park, Gabby Otchere-Darko urged the constituents to vote massively for Hajia Humu if they really want to see change in the area.

“In Humu, you have the best candidate. She is not going to parliament to drink tea and meatpie, she is not going to parliament to speak big English. She is going to parliament to make sure that what is due Wa central is brought. She is not yet there but you can see it for yourself”, Lawyer Otchere-Darko said.

He further indicated that, the current member of parliament who has been in parliament for sixteen years has no transformation that is ingenious to the benefit of his people, but could only advise the youth to go pick stones for sale. “That is what you have in your current MP”. According to Gabby, Hajia Humu Awudu knows what the women and youth want, adding that, “she is yet to go to parliament but she is working hard to provide what the people of Wa central needs”.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Candidate, during the campaign launch, donated tricycles, sewing machines, hairdryers, weaving machines, barbaring clips, refrigerators and other equipment to individuals and groups working in the constituency.

Nma Amina Pelpuo, Habibata Hussein and Nma Madiama lead the beneficiaries to sing songs of praises to the parliamentary candidate of the Wa central and call on women to vote massively, adding that they have not benefited for over the 16 years they have been voting but now they have benefited greatly even before they will go to the polls to vote.

On his part, the Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party S.B Kangbere said the magnitude of the crowd is an indication of victory for the party in Wa Central. He noted that, the NDC 16 year long reign will end with Hajia Humu Awudu.

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WE MUST STAY UNITED EVEN AFTER ELECTIONS – NYA DISTRICT DIRECTOR*

The Acting District Director of the  National Youth Authority in the Wa West district,Mr. Felix Wuurah Bagyiliko has cautioned the public especially the youth in the Wa West district to desist from acts that are likely to mar the existing peace in the country.

According to Mr Bagyiliko, “Ghana must stay united” even after the 2020 general elections.
He made the statement during the launch of a “Youth Peace Project” in the Wa West district capital, Wechiau.

Mr. Felix Wuurah Bagyiliko

The Youth Peace Project is aimed at maintaining peace before, during & after the 2020 general elections.

Presenting on the theme *“The Role of the Youth in Maintaining Peace before, during and after the 2020 General Elections”*, the Upper West Regional Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, Mr. Emmanuel Danyomah said Ghana has made a  tremendous success in our democracy and therefore  cannot allow this year’s elections to dent that image. He added that, the Upper West Region is already facing several challenges  and  cannot add conflict to it.
According to him, Ghana by it’s geographic location is disadvantaged because it is boarded by Francophone countries to the North, East, West and an Ocean to the South and as a result must not think of election related violence as an option since majority of Ghanaians can neither speak French or swim to survive in case of a civil war in Ghana.

Mr. Emmanuel Danyomah

Mr. Danyomah further advised the youth “not to kill themselves” for aging politicians but rather remain alive to lead the country in the near future.

The district Director for NCCE in the Wa West district,Mr. Nurideen Mumuni, also advised the youth against the abuse of the freedom of speech as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution. He said a lot of people especially those in the political landscape hide under this provision to engage in verbal conflicts which can lead to violence.

Representatives from the two leading political part thus NDC & NPP, made pledges to the peace process on behalf of their respective Parlimentary Candidates and parties.

Ten youth group leaders also signed the Peace Charter developed by the National Youth Authority and witnessed by the Upper West Regional Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council and the Presiding Member of Wa West District Assembly.

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W93.5FM with Ideapath Consult launches electorates’ engagement forum “Voter’s Voice”

One of the most celebrated media houses in the Upper West Region, W93.5FM, in partnership with Ideapath Consult has outdoored a community level engagement programme dubbed Voters Voice ahead of Election 2020.

The programme which was launched in the Kumbiehi Electoral Area on November 13, 2020, is designed to create a platform for electorates to share their experiences, ask questions and demand accountability and commitment from stakeholders and political parties. It also seeks to solicit from voters what will inform their choices in the 2020 elections.

The programme during the launch had some ward executives of the two major political parties, NDC and NPP, as panel members, with the Chief Executive Officer of Ideapath Consult, Tahiru Lukman, as a principal resource person.

Mr. Tahiru noted that, Ideapath Consult, which is a Non Governmental Organization, believes in good governance. he therefore underscored the need to create citizens awareness in a democratic dispensation as that will help to inform a better voting pattern. He explained that the Voters Voice programme is crafted to contribute to voter enlightenment and to help shape the decision of the voter.

The young CEO stressed that “We are not here to tell you to vote for or against any candidates. Our duty is to provide technical support in answering questions regarding stakeholders’ responsibilities and policy directions”.

With about 200 participants, the atmosphere was positively charged with issues of roads, electricity extension and quality healthcare being the most prioritized needs of residents of Kumbiehi Electoral Area.

Majority of the community members hinted that, this year’s elections is a constest of governments track record and candidates commitment to their development needs, thus their resolve to vote based on that. They appeal that irrespective of the party that emerges victorious, their road should be worked on.

While others were full of praise for the incumbent Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Hon. Alhaji Rashid Pelpuo (Phd), some were critical of his representation over the years. In same vain, some applauded the NPP’s Hajia Humu Awudu, while others accused her of taking government projects to her advantage.

The programme was moderated by two finest personalities in the media fraternity, Hafiz Timbile and Salifu Wononuo of W93.5FM fame. The team had lined up similar engagement with the people of Nakori, Charia and other Electoral Areas in the Wa Central and beyond. the programme is usually carried live on radio and on the internet at www.w935fm.com.

For sponsorship call the marketing department of W93.5FM on 0243945922 or 0206417757

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Orison adopts Busa Electoral Area, returns refurbished and branded vehicle to augment NPP campaign in Wa Central

A staunch member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Wa Central Constituency, Mr. Abubakari Salifu Orison, has pledged to ensure the victory of the NPP and Hajia Humu Awudu in the 2020 December polls by any means possible as he adopts all polling stations in the Busa Electoral Area.

Speaking at Busa, his hometown, on Sunday, November 8, where he returned a refurbished pickup vehicle to the NPP Wa Central Constituency executives to support the campaign, Mr. Orison who lost the parliamentary candidature a year ago said “the victory of the NPP and Hajia Humu Awudu is all that matters. The fact that I contested and lost the primaries does not mean I should turn my back on the party. The fight for victory for the NPP in Wa Central is a collective responsibility which I endorse wholeheartedly.”

Mr. Salifu Orison further disclosed his intention to take care of the Busa Electoral Area to ensure that Hajia Humu Awudu and President Akufo-Addo win massively in the area and the constituency at large. “Whatever support I can give I will offer it. Our sister, Hajia Humu said we should adopt at least a polling station. By this, I have decided to adopt all six polling stations within the Busa Electoral Area to help ensure that the NPP and Hajia Humu are victorious after December 7.” He declared.

The young vibrant politician said he will not rest until Nana Akufo-Addo and Hajia Humu Awudu are declared winners in the 2020 elections, adding that he is poised to continue working for the NPP just as his late grandfather, B.K Adama, was doing. He therefore called on all party members not to relent on their efforts as the polls draw closer, advising everyone to “take the campaign serious and not rest until the elections are over”.

On the refurbished vehicle, Mr. Orison noted that he took the initiative when he learned that the vehicle was grounded after it was used for the 2016 campaign. It will be recalled that, Hon Abubakari Orison donated the vehicle to the Wa Central Constituency in the lead up to the 2016 polls. He said it was important to get the vehicle back on the field to execute the victory agenda, the reason for his decision to put the vehicle back to its original shape.

Alhaji Osman Mahamood, the Regional Nasara Coordinator, who received the vehicle on behalf of the regional executive to be given to the constituency expressed gratitude to Mr. Salifu Orison for the gesture. He assured Orison and other party members that the vehicle will be used for its intended purpose. He prayed that Allah continues to bless Orison and to give him all that he hopes for in life.

The refurbished vehicle was later handed over to the constituency through the constituency organizer, Osman Issahaku, who pledged to get it safely to the entire leadership.

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Salifu Wononuo rejoins W93.5FM

Fearless media practitioner, Yahaya Salifu Wononuo has made a return to W93.5FM, the first private commercial radio station in the Upper West region. He rejoined after about a four years stint with a sister station in the Wa Municipality.

It will be recalled that Salifu Wononuo recently resigned from Radio Waa after refusing to put down journalistic principles to favour a political party. This came after the station’s owner, who is a known politician, allegedly made attempts to stifle Mr. Wononuo and other workers’ reportage on political issues, especially those favouring opposing political parties’ candidates in the Wa Central Constituency.

The CEO is reported to have called into a live programme hosted by Wononuo and another and described the work of the staff as “shoddy” as they were carrying a positive story of a parliamentary candidate in the Wa Central Constituency who is on the ticket of a different party. This, per reports, was not taken in good faith by Yahaya Salifu, who felt quitting the station will help protect his professionalism and integrity as a trained journalist.

The vociferous media practitioner voluntarily left W93.5FM in 2017 for Radio Waa after spending two years with the former. Until his resignation from Radio Waa last month, Salifu Wononuo was the Programmes Manager, co-host of the station’s major socio-political talk show and a writer for their online portal.

Yahaya Salifu returns to W93.5FM, the private station with highest coverage in the region, with over five years of practice. He has peculiar interest in community-based and agricultural reporting. He has pledged to improve the news department and other programmes of W93.5FM as he has the zeal to travel across the length and breadth of the region with enthusiasm.

Mr. Wononuo believes joining known faces like Ras Bob Pelpuo and Hafiz Timbile whom he has already worked with will afford him the room to work effectively. He regards the management and staff of W93.5FM as professionals who will help improve his personal skills as a journalist.

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Alhaji Alanky supports Hajia Humu campaign with branded Pickup, Motorbike and T-Shirts

Branded pickup

One of the stalwarts of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Wa Central Constituency, Alhaji Nurideen Ahmed Froko, has given a boost to the campaign of the constituency as he made a donation of various items to the parliamentary candidate, Hajia Humu Awudu, through the Regional Executive Committee.

Alhaji Alanky, as he is affectionately called, was one of the four contenders for the parliamentary candidature who lost to Hajia Humu Awudu in the NPP primaries ahead of the 2020 elections coming third with 206 votes, 96 short of Hajia Humu Awudu’s votes.

The items included a pickup vehicle branded with pictures of Hajia Humu Awudu and Nana Akufo-Addo, a brand-new motorbike and 400 pieces of branded t-shirts.

Donating the items on behalf of Alhaji Alanky, campaign chairman during the NPP primaries, Alhaji Mahama Jengbeyiri said the move was to show that rescuing the Wa Central seat was a shared responsibility for all. He reiterated that Alhaji Alanky is wholeheartedly supporting Hajia Humu’s bid to win the seat for the NPP and to put smiles on the faces of constituents.

Motorbike and branded t-shirts

“God cannot give one thing to two people. The fact that Hajia Humu won the parliamentary candidature doesn’t mean the rest of us who were not lucky should sit back. It is on this backdrop that Alhaji Alanky decided to bring these items to support the campaign of Hajia Humu”, Alhaji Mahama stated, adding that Team Alanky are not going to sit at home because they have donated items for the campaign. “Some of us are inside campaigning while others are also out. We will be part of the door to door campaign and every other activity that will ensure the victory of Hajia Humu Awudu and the NPP come December 7.”

The campaign chairman for Team Alanky further indicated the significance of the donated items to the campaign, saying that “some people refuse to work or even leave political parties because of party t-shirt. So this will help a lot in stopping petty squabbles among party supporters. The motorbike and the vehicle will help in accessing far-to-reach communities to sell the good message of the Hajia Humu and the NPP”.

The items were received by the regional organizer of the NPP, Alhaji Mustapha Goveir who pledged to ensure that they are put to judicious use to ensure the victory of the NPP in Wa Central and Ghana at large.

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Raphius Amigos supports W93.5FM Learning Zone Quiz final with PPEs

Raphius Amigos, real name Abdul-Rauf Ahmed, has donated customized nose masks to support the grand finale of the 2020 edition of the W93.5FM Learning Zone Quiz. He made the donation after interacting with some of the kids who are participating in the quiz competition.

Also known on stage as King Raph, the celebrated artiste in the Upper West Region noted that it was important to give back to society even when you do not have plenty. “We don’t need to wait and become rich before we can support a good course like what you (W93.5FM) are doing. So I being an artiste, I feel like, even if I don’t have much but I can support learning zone with the little fame I have in region.”, he said.

The four times Upper West Artiste of the Year winner lauded W93.5Fm for the initiative and encouraged them to continue with the good works it has been doing towards building the capacity of basic school learners across the length and breadth of the region.

“I believe learning zone is one of the developmental programmes that we need to support.” He stated, adding that W93.5FM should not relent on its efforts in advancing the development of the region. “Learning Zone has come to stay and can help build our kids up. So that’s the reason I feel like also being part of it and I will give my support anytime I have the opportunity,” the Lilaafi hit maker declared.

Receiving the items on behalf of the station, Mr. Hafiz Timbile, the Administrator of W93.5FM, commended the leader of the Upper West Pride Recordz for the kind gesture. He assured King Raph that the items would meet their intended purpose. He also took the opportunity to wish Raphius well in his music career, and called on him to use his fame to motivate the kids as many see him as a role model. He further called on the general public to support the Learning Zone Quiz in whichever way possible, including attending the final, so as to build a better society tomorrow.

The Learning Zone Quiz

The Learning Zone Quiz is one of the many programmes run by W93.5Fm in a bid to improve standards of education among children in the Upper West region. The quiz comes every year after several weeks of learning with the kids on the Learning Zone programme.

This year’s quiz final, scheduled for Saturday, 24th October, 2020, is the 7th Season of the competition, and will be handled by quizmaster Felix Korley (Nana Cash). After several weeks of exciting engagements and evictions, the finalists set to battle for the coveted trophy of the Learning Zone Quiz 2020 include Our Home International JHS, St. Cecelia Catholic JHS and NJA Demonstration JHS. The event will take place at the premises of W93.5FM and will be carried live on radio.

The champions of the 2019 edition, St. Paul Methodist JHS, failed to make it for the finals this year to defend the title. NJA Demonstration JHS comes into the finals as underdogs with many predicting the grand finale to be between Our Home International JHS (1st runners-up 2019 LZQ) and St. Cecilia Catholic JHS (2nd runners-up, 2019 LZQ). NJA Demonstration has however sent a strong signal that they cannot be underrated as they eliminated last year’s champions, St. Paul Methodist JHS, enroute to the final.

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HON KARBO IS AN MP BY DEFAULT AND WE SHALL REMOVE HIM – HON BEDE ZIEDENG

The parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress in the Lawra constituency, Hon. Bede Ziedeng has said that the Member of Parliament for the Lawra constituency, Hon. Anthony Abayifaa Karbo became the Member of Parliament for the Lawra constituency by default.

Hon. Bede Ziedeng

Explaining his statement, he revealed that the National Democratic Congress represented by him in 2016 could not annex the seat because of deep seated internal wrangling among the file and rank of the party in the constituency. He added that, because of some misunderstanding, Hon. Samson Abu contested for the seat as an independent candidate while he, Bede Ziedeng contested for the ticket of the National Democratic Congress. With both of them coming from the NDC, their votes were splitted to favour Anthony Karbo who represented the New Patriotic Party.

According to him, if the rank and file of the NDC had united against the NPP, there was no way Anthony Karbo could have won the Lawra parliamentary seat.

Bede Ziedeng & Samson Abu

Speaking to Barrister Enoch of Tumpaani 88.5fm on Saturday, 17th October, 2020, he emphatically indicated that his party, the NDC, has learnt bitter lessons from 2016 and is coming back strongly as a united force to take back the seat from the incompetent Hon. Anthony Karbo, who opportunistically snatched the seat of the National Democratic Congress for the New Patriotic Party.
The veteran politician alleged that, Anthony Karbo upon realizing his obviously looming defeat in the 2020 December polls, has become very desperate and deceptive.

Buttressing his point, he explained that Hon. Anthony Karbo is claiming every milestone chalked by the Lawra Municipal as his and that he (Karbo) appears confused of the work of a Member of Parliament and that of a Municipal Assembly. He pointed out that the Dikpe Bridge which Karbo promised to construct is only being used as a propaganda tool as nothing is currently going on there.

He added that his experience and past records have shown that, he can better serve the people of Lawra as their Member of Parliament and urged the people of Lawra Constituency to vote for him as a Member of Parliament and John Dramani Mahama as the President for development.

Hon. Bede Ziedeng catalogued his developmental objectives for the constituency if he becomes a Member of Parliament. He signaled that he is going to prioritize mechanization and modernization of Agriculture by opening mechanized farm centers in the constituency to provide subsidized agricultural inputs including tractor services.

Again, he said that during his tenure as a Member of Parliament, he will institute the Lawra Education Support Fund. A fund that will be managed by an independent, non-partisan Board to help many brilliant but needy students to advance their education.

He also mentioned the following as priority areas if he is given the nod;
1. Developing the Babile Agriculture Center to an Agricultural College.
2. Youth employment through the National Apprenticeship Programme
3. Women empowerment

4 .Lobbying for a College of Education.

Hon. Bede Ziedeng also dispelled what he described as propaganda against him from Anthony Karbo, that he is an old man. He stated that leadership is about vision, passion, knowledge experience, service and not about age. He accused Anthony Karbo of playing double standard and hypocrisy for saying he is old while he, Anthony Karbo continues to canvass votes for an older person like Nana Akufo Addo.

BACKGROUND.

Hon. Bede Ziedeng a veteran politician who has played various roles both in and out of government for the National Democratic Congress. He was the parliamentary candidate for the NDC in the Lawra Constituency in 2016. He became the candidate after he went into parliamentary primaries with Hon. Samson Abu and won. However, there was a misunderstanding internally that caused Hon. Abu to contest as an independent parliamentary candidate while Bede represented the NDC. The NDC therefore, went into the election as a divided house, giving Anthony Karbo, the Parliamentary candidate of the NPP, an advantage to win the election. Indeed, the parliamentary results did indicate that if the NDC had gone into the election with a united force, it would have been difficult for Anthony Karbo to win. Unfortunately, it was the opposite. The 2016 election parliamentary result for the LAWRA CONSTITUENCY was as follows;

ANTHONY KARBO OF NPP – 8704,
BEDE A ZIEDENG OF NDC – 7,476
ABU SAMSON AS INDEPENDENT – 5,651
SA-EED M. HASIRU OF CPP – 124.

Checks revealed that that Hon. Bede Ziedeng and Hon. Abu Samson have now united and working together to win back the seat for the NDC. Indeed, Hon. Abu Samson has been seen, severally, leading the campaign of Hon. Ziedeng.

In the Upper Upper West Region, the Lawra constituency is an interesting constituency to watch in the impending polls, considering the fact that Hon. Anthony Karbo is a deputy minister of roads and High Ways and Member of Parliament and is largely leveraging incumbency against the now united NDC gurus who are coming for a political revenge against the NPP.

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Hajia Humu Supports Fongo M/A J.H.S

Fongo M/A Junior High School has one of it’s plights met as the NPP Parlimentary Candidate for Wa Central, Hajia Humu Awudu (Yelimaana) donated twenty dual desk furniture to the school to mitigate the shortage of furniture in the school.

Speaking during the short ceremony as audience waited eagerly for a usual political talk, Hajia Humu rather seized the opportunity to throw a word of caution to the pupils. She advised them to study hard and become responsible citizens so they can impact positively on society. The Wa Central Parliamentary hopeful further challenged the female pupils to aspire to greater height ” you need to take your studies very seriously so you can even achieve more than I have done” she said.

Hajia Humu in a pose with some pupils & teachers

Another challenge that came up in the brief engagement with school was the lack of water, Hajia Humu however promised to address this challenge by drilling a borehole for the school.

On his part, the Headteacher of the school, Mr. Issah Nanzo was thankful to Hajia Humu for the kind gesture extended to the school, describing her intervention as timely. He also prayed that the promise to drill a borehole be fulfilled soon.

The PTA Chairman of the school, Alhaji Nuhu Mahama equally expressed appreciation to the parliamentary candidate on behalf of PTA and wished her well in her political pursuit. Mr Nuhu cautioned the pupils to use and maintain the furniture well ” so it can serve the intended purpose”.

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Wa Central: Politics should be about development – Hajia Humu

Parliamentary candidate of the New Patriotic Party in the Wa Central constituency, Hajia Humu Awudu has pledged to change the narrative of politics in the area in order to propel development in various communities and enhance the living standards of constituents.

Hajia Yelisung-maana (philanthropist), as she is affectionately called, said her inspiration to represent the Wa Central Constituency is borne out of a sheer desire to give hope to the youth and empower women and other vulnerable people in the society. She submitted that, with her as the Member of Parliament (MP), the Wa Central Constituency can boast of a representative that can enhance the socio-economic conditions of constituents.

The only female contesting the parliamentary elections in the Upper West is confident that with the help of God she will be given the opportunity to serve as MP for the area. She therefore implored “the good people of the Wa Central constituency to vote massively for me to help bring the needed development in the area”.

Hajia Humu made this pledge when she successfully submitted her nomination forms at the district office of the Electoral Commission in Wa amidst a mammoth crowd on Thursday, October 8, 2020. She was accompanied by the Regional Minister, the NPP Regional Chairman, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive and the Wa Central Constituency executives together with hundreds of people including the youth, the elderly and women.

Hajia Yelisung-maana even before occupying any privileged political position is said to have brought some development and hope to individuals and communities in the Wa Central Constituency. She has, among other things, provided potable water to people, aided in the extension of electricity to some areas, facilitated scholarships in various fields for students, reshaped roads and facilitated the employment of constituents in various public institutions.

The “philanthropic” Hajia Humu has been tipped by many to oust the incumbent Member of Parliament and NDC 2020 parliamentary candidate, Dr Rashid Pelpuo, who has occupied the seat since 2005, with some having misgivings about his 16 years representation of the constituency in Ghana’s parliament.

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Nadowli/Kaleo: Constituents mob Bernard Mornah as he files nomination

The Parliamentary candidate for the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the Nadowli/Kaleo constituency, Bernard Anbataayela Mornah has on Thursday, 8th October, 2020, successfully filed his nomination with the Electoral Commission to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections in the constituency.

Mr. Bernard Mornah

Mr. Mornah, in the company of the hundreds of sympathizers besieged the office of the Electoral Commission in Nadowli where he successfully went through the process.

Addressing the media and well-wishers after filling, the vocal former PNC national chairman expressed satisfaction over the work of the EC in the filling process, “although the process was cumbersome and time consuming”. He therefore challenged the EC office in Nadowli to maintain the discipline and nationalism exhibited during the filling process.

Mr Mornah also advised the Electoral Commission to adapt and make use of modern technology as that will reduce the burden on officials as well as the time spent on each candidate in the filling procedure. “With modern technology, a single click could display the voter’s register of a particular electoral area instead of searching through the many documents to manually verify the many people who endorse the nomination form” he said.

Moving into the elections, Mr Mornah was very optimistic of wining the Nadowli/Kaleo seat. He cited his political maturity, popularity, lobbying skills and more importantly the love from his constituents as some of his strengths.

He acknowledged the Member of Parliament, Rt Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin for how far he has brought the constituency and insisted he (Benard Mornah) was the best candidate to continue from where Mr Bagbin left.

Benard Mornah is contesting the Nadowli/Kaleo seat for the second time, after a remarkable attempt in 2016 where the votes of the PNC candidate appreciated from 169 votes in 2012 to over 5,000 in 2016.

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Hajia Humu to file nomination today

Parliamentary Candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Wa Central Constituency, Hajia Humu Awudu, will today Thursday, October 08, 2020, file her nomination for the 2020 parliamentary election.

Information available to W93.5FM indicates that the lone female parliamentary candidate in the Upper West region will submit the nomination forms to the Electoral Commission later in the afternoon. It is further disclosed that Hajia Humu and supporters and sympathisers of the NPP will converge at the Party’s Constituency Youth Secretariat at 2:00pm, from where they will proceed to the office of the Electoral Commission along the Nakori road to submit the forms.

It will be recalled that the EC on September 14, 2020 announced the opening of nominations for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections effective Monday, October 5, to Friday, October 9, for all political parties and eligible Ghanaians who wish to contest. The filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates were pegged at GH₵100,000.00 and GH₵10,000.00 respectively.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, however, the Commission made available the nomination forms on its website to all political parties as well as independent candidates. It is therefore unclear how many people will be filing to contest the Wa Central Constituency election.

The incumbent MP and 2020 parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress, Dr Hassan Rashid Pelpuo submitted his nomination forms on Tuesday, October 6, to the EC. Edison Hanif Tuurosung of the Liberal Party of Ghana is also expected to file his nomination tomorrow to join the contest for the Wa Central seat.

Hajia Humu Awudu is touted by many to oust the incumbent who has been in parliament for the past 16 years.

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Vote NDC to reduce poverty and hardship – Dr. Jasaw urges Wa East constituents

Parliamentary Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Wa East Constituency, Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw has called on the people of the area to vote massively for him and the NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, to come and alleviate their suffering. He said the Wa East has numerous challenges that need the attention of development oriented people like himself and former President John Mahama.

According to the University lecturer, “a vote for Dr. Seidu Jasaw and John Mahama is a vote for development and better living conditions”. He said the NDC has a proven track record of development in the constituency which is unmatched by the NPP government.

Describing the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) as despondent when it comes to good governance and development, Dr. Jasaw enumerated some of the good works undertaken by the erstwhile Mahama administration in the constituency to include the extension of electricity to various communities, provision of potable water, construction of health facilities and the provision of school infrastructure at all levels in the constituency. He charged the electorates not to fall for the “last minute” projects being undertaken by the NPP as they will abandon them after winning their votes just as they have abandoned projects started by the NDC.

Dr. Seidu Jasaw was speaking in Funsi on Monday, October 10, 2020, after successfully filing his nomination with the Electoral Commission to contest the parliamentary election in the Wa East constituency. Dr. Jasaw is the first to file with the Electoral Commission to contest the Wa East seat.

He urged party supporters and sympathizers to join the campaign to ensure that the NDC win massively in the December 7 general elections. “Let’s get our boots on the ground and tell the NDC story. The NDC story is that, we have a record of development already. Unlike our colleagues who just talk and they don’t have any physical tangibles to show, we have tangibles.” He charged.

The aspiring legislator further indicated that besides the good track record, the NDC has also “diagnosed the development challenges of our people and that is exactly what we will be giving them”, adding that the message of the NDC “is the gospel that will save Ghana”.

Touching on some of the policies and programmes the NDC will bring to ameliorate the suffering of the people, Dr. Jasaw noted the free apprenticeship programme as a game changer that will reduce unemployment in the country. He also said health delivery will be brought to the doorsteps of the ordinary citizens while making primary healthcare free of charge. He further stated that the next NDC government will not unleash military to beat and chase away small-scale miners; rather, “the NDC will regularise and regulate mining activities so as to create meaningful jobs for the youth”.

Meanwhile, the aspiring lawmaker has added his voice to the call by electorates for the Wa East District to be divided. He indicated that the district is so vast, and thus pledged to do all he can to ensure that it is divided when given the opportunity to lead. He assured constituents that with him and John Dramani Mahama as Member of Parliament and President respectively, the Wa East District will be divided into at least two districts.

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Akufo Addo and the NPP cannot be trusted – Peter Lanchene

The National Democratic Congress parliamentary candidate for the Wa West constituency, Supt (rtd) Peter Toobu Lanchene has described the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration under His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo as “a failed government” that cannot be trusted.

Supt rtd Peter Toobu Lanchene

According to Mr Lanchene, the deceitful approach of the NPP coupled with the failed promises of the Akufo Addo led government is so glaring that even the President would admit it. “If you ask President Nana Addo himself, if he’s candid and fears God, he will tell you ‘infact I have failed’” he said.

Mr Lanchene insisted that the NPP won the 2016 elections through dishonest and cunning tactics such as making Ghanaians believe then candidate Nana Addo was the beacon of democracy, “only for him to destroy our democracy as President”. He therefore suggested that the NPP cannot be trusted to rule Ghana any further. “If he tells you something green, it becomes yellow. Where is the one village, one dam? If you find any it’s a dug out. Ghanaians applauded you for free SHS, and what do we see? Yellow track, green track”.

The former Secretary to the IGP further jabbed the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, describing him as a joker. “As for my brother Dr Bawumia, he has become a laughing stock. Anywhere he goes people are just laughing because nobody takes him serious” he poked.

Alternatively, he recommended the “second coming” of John Mahama, saying he is a better and more experienced President to take away the “double track system” in the SHS, create more jobs with the National Apprenticeship Programme, among others as stated in the NDC’s manifesto.

Supt. (rtd) Toobu Peter was speaking at a town hall meeting in Wechiau on Saturday, 3rd October, 2020, to further propagate “the People’s Manifesto” to the constituents. Similar town hall meetings are expected to be organized across the Wa West constituency in the coming days.

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Bawumia Fulfils Pledge to Wa Yeri Naa, Supports Palace Construction with 500 bags of Cement

Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has donated 500 bags of cement to the Chief of the Muslim community in Wa, Yeri Naa Alhaji Sualihu Mumuni Sungumo, in fulfilment of his promise to support the construction of a new palace for the chief.

The donation which was done on behalf of the Vice President by the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, took place on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 at a cement retail shop in Wa where the 500 bags were acquired.

Donating the cement to some elders of the Council of the Yeri Naa, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih pledged to take care of the cost of transporting the bags of cement to the destination where they are needed. He said H.E Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is happy to be able to support the Yeri Naa in the construction of a befitting palace, and that he will continue to offer support to the Yeri Naa as and when possible.

It would be recalled that, the Yeri Naa requested for support from the Vice President towards the construction of a new palace when the latter paid a courtesy call on the former during a two-day working visit to the Upper West Region earlier this month.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Yeri Naa, Alhaj Seidu Jamatutu, a member of the Council of Elders, expressed gratitude to the Vice President for his swift response to their call for support, and indicated that the cement will be used judiciously for the intended purpose.

Alhaji Jamatutu noted that, “it is necessary to seek blessings for a person who will share with you when he has the strength”. He therefore prayed to the almighty Allah to fulfil the wishes of the Vice President. He further prayed for the president, the vice president and the entire government machinery to be able to deliver on their good initiatives for the benefit of the Ghanaian people.

Alhaji Seidu Jamatutu also disclosed that the new palace for the Yeri Naa will be sited at Dondoli, a suburb of Wa where the Yeri Naa owns land. He added that they will first build a wall around the demarcated site before the construction of the palace itself.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih was accompanied by Alhaji Issahaku Tahiru, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive; Ali Karim Kamara, the NPP Wa Central Constituency Chairman and Alhaji Osman Mohammed, the NPP Regional Nasara Coordinator.

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Maintain the Standards – Wa West GES Director urges BECE Candidates

District Director of the Ghana Education Service in the Wa West district, Richard A. Ablimsige, has called on candidates sitting for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to offer their best in ensuring the standards set by their predecessors in the district are maintained if not improved.

Addressing the press after the inspection of three designated centres in the Wa West District for the BECE, Mr. Ablimsige Richard cautioned all candidates ahead of the BECE to be studious and refrain from all forms of examination malpractice. He indicated that the basis to success in life is hard work and honesty and therefore tasked candidates, invigilators and supervisors to bear in mind the good name that the Wa West district has carved for itself and desist from creating any bad reportage that will take way the shine of the district. He further reminded the candidates of the previous envious performances put up by their predecessors emanating from the past three years which has placed the wa west district in both the regional and national map for good performance and thus called on them to emulate same.

“Candidates should maintain the standards “. He advised, adding that, until the candidates passed their BECE, they would not have the opportunity to benefit from the government’s Free Senior High School Programme, hence the need for the students to put up their best to ensure the continuity of their education.

The GES Director also disclosed that all logistics for a successful conduct of the examination were ready far ahead of the exams. He therefore commended the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for such timely preparations. The Wa West district has presented a total of 1,639 candidates comprising, 880 males and 759 females for the West African Examination Council’s five-day examination which commenced on Monday, September 14, 2020. The 2020 figure has seen about eight per cent increase over last year’s figure of 1,501 candidates.

Speaking on some challenges faced by candidates at the district level, Mr. Ablimsige revealed that, furniture has been a major challenge this year in all the three designated centres but indicated that “the interest of the child has always been the priority of management and the efforts of educational stakeholders now and over the years are worth acknowledging and management is grateful to them”. He stated that, management has taken notice of these challenges and is ready to make the candidates comfortable throughout the examination.

This year’s BECE candidate’s will be writing the exams amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. In that regard, Mr. Ablimsige A. Richard said “we are in a terrible era where COVID 19 has placed education in total distress, which demands critical thinking. I believe this situation is not new to us anymore and we will do everything within our reach to curb the deadly coronavirus. The BECE will be conducted with absolute regards to all Covid-19 safety protocols”. He concluded that management of the Ghana Education Service in the Wa West District will ensure that sanity is maintained during the 2020 BECE.

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We will not exchange our color TV for a visionless black & white TV – Boli Naa assures Bawumia

The chief of Boli traditional area, Naa Mahama Issahaku has declared his support for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2020 general election.

In a speech read on behalf of the Boli Naa by Osman Haruna, the chief touted the NPP as the only political party that has the people of Boli at heart. Boli Naa Mahama Issahaku cited the National Health Insurance Scheme, Free SHS, Planting for Food and Jobs, the renovation of the Boli JHS, provision of portable water as some of the policies and interventions of the NPP that have improved the lives of his subjects.

Boli Naa Mahama

The speech also described the NDC’s manifesto as visionless with no hope for the youth of Ghana. “We will not believe in a manifesto that will cancel teacher trainee allowance, NABCO; a manifesto that will take us back to dumsor and IMF” part of the statement read.

The chief emphatically assured the NPP of victory in the Boli traditional area. “The people of Boli assure you that we will not be lured into a party of no vision who can only be remembered with hardship, we will not be lured to exchange our color TV for a visionless black and white TV party who only believe that graduates after spending resources in education should become Okada riders. We will give NPP 100% of our votes” he declared.

This statement was delivered on behalf of the Boli Naa on 8th September,2020 when the Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia paid a visit to the Boli traditional area. The Vice President is on a two day working visit to the Upper West Region.

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THE MINISTRY OF INNER-CITIES & ZONGO DEVELOPMENT HAS NO RELEVANCE, WA ZONGO CHIEF

The chief of Wa Zongo, Alhaji Sidik Abubakar Jiwah has questioned the motive behind the creation of the Ministry of Inner-cities and Zongo Development, describing the ministry as dormant and not representing the interest of the Zongo community in Wa. In a speech read on his behalf by Alhaji Yahaya Sonaka, the Chief emphatically stated that there was no single project or initiative in the Wa Zongo to justify the creation of the Ministry.

Alhaji Sidiki Abubakari Jiwah

On the Zongo development fund, he said “no single individual in the Wa Zongo community has benefited from the fund though it was launched in the Upper West Region”. He therefore suggested that the fund was probably created for a different purpose rather than to empower the inhabitants of Inner-Cities and Zongos. “We were here when the Zongo Ministry was created. But what is surprising is that the fund was launch here in Upper West; [every] person here represents a house, if there is a single person here who can say he/she has received any of the benefit of that Zongo Development Fund, then it will be right now” he lamented.

This statement was contained in a speech read on behalf of the Chief by his spokes person when the NDC’s flag bearer, John Dramani Mahama, paid a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of Wa Zongo as part of his four-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region.

The Chief was however thankful to the former President and his government for some developmental projects in the Wa Zongo including the construction of a drainage system.

The Ministry of Inner-cities and Zongo was created by Nana Addo led NPP government in 2017 to empower the indigenes of inner cities and Zongo communities through a coordinated programme of Economic and Social development policies and to facilitate a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable social transformation of the inner cities and Zongo communities.

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