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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The campaign convoy of the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and former president, John Dramani Mahama, has been involved in an accident in the Upper West region.
The unfortunate incident which occurred at Yaala No1 along the Yaala – Kundugu road in the evening of Thursday, September 3, saw the brass band van fell to the ground after it tried to overtake other vehicles in the convoy. The campaign team together with the candidate are touring the Wa East constituency as part of the former president’s four-day campaign tour of the Upper West Region.
The victims who were on board the van carrying the band are currently receiving treatment at the Funsi District Hospital. However, the former president is fine as the other campaign team vehicles were left unhurt.
Mr. Mahama on the first day of the tour, Wednesday, September 2, visited the Wa Central, Wa West and Nadowli/Kaleo constituencies. He is touring the Wa East, Sissala East and Sissala West constituencies on the day two. He is expected to visit all the eleven constituencies in the region by close of Saturday.
He had earlier promised to elevate the Wa Municipal to a Metropolis, and to tar the Wa – Boli road and also to build a polyclinic at Boli. He also promised to work on the Siriyiri – Dorimon and Dorimon – Dabo roads in the Wa West constituency.
The People’s National Convention (PNC) has called on the Nana Akufo-Addo led government to stop giving oversight responsibility of government projects to “nonentities”. According to the opposition party, it is bad governance to allow persons who are not government officials to handle the projects as holding such people to account for failures may be very difficult if not impossible.
At a press briefing at Zambogu R/C Primary School on August 27, 2020, Mr. John Kandumah, PNC’s regional secretary, described as “dishonourable, reprehensible and self-seeking” that the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) parliamentary candidate in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, Hon. Elvis Botaa, is the one spearheading the implementation of government projects under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) in the area. He said it is wrong and very unfortunate for the “self-seeking” parliamentary candidate to be responsible for supervising the construction of projects such as the Nadowli District Hospital mortuary and the 10-seater toilet facility at Kanyini.
The PNC’s regional scribe recalled how Elvis Botaa boasted as being the architect behind the construction of some thirty number boreholes in various communities within the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency, claiming that it “could not have been achieved if he Elvis had not lobbied for the projects”. He chastised the NPP PC for reaping where he did not sow and stated that Mr. Botaa’s claim for the IPEP projects is the “highest height of folly”.
Mr. Kandumah who is special aide to Bernard Mornah, the PNC National Chairman and Parliamentary Candidate in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, also accused the ruling government of inflating the costs of projects under the IPEP against protecting the public purse as constitutionally mandated. He cited the renovation of a 3-unit classroom block at Tangasia for GH₵176,827.59 by Sitwell Company Ltd and another renovation of a 3-unit classroom block at Zambogu R/C Primary for GH₵156,695.31 by Maarong Company Ltd as a fleece on the public purse. For him, the “inflated figures” is not only worrying but embarrassing to the Ghanaian people. He therefore pleaded with constituents of the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency to join the “Tizaa Yela” (our collective agenda) campaign to get a perfect replacement in Chairman Mornah as the Member of Parliament to ensure continuous development in the area.
Describing the attitude of the contractor’s implementing the said projects as “lackadaisical”, Mr. Kandumah called on the Northern Development Authority and the Nadowli District Assembly to take charge of these publicly financed projects and eschew the politicization of same. He blamed the slow progress of work on the projects as a result of delegating supervisory authority to “nonentities”. The PNC admonished all contractors to work diligently to ensure all government projects are of good quality and completed within stipulated contract periods.
Madam Asana Mornah, wife of National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, has on Friday, August 28, 2020, distributed over 400 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Takpo, the Charipong, the Zang and the Sombo health facilities in the Nadowli-Kaleo District. The PPEs valued at about ten thousand cedis (GH₵10,000.00) included hand sanitizers, chlorine, liquid soap and among others.
Donating the items, Madam Asana Mornah underscored the need to provide the PPE, saying “it is expedient that we avoid the further spread of the novel coronavirus and ensure the protection of our health workers”. She added that “when our health workers are safe, their client’s will be safe and the community will be a healthier place to live”. Mrs. Mornah also indicated that she and her husband (Bernard Mornah) will continue to support the government’s efforts at properly equipping health workers across the nation by supporting deprived health facilities in the Nadowli-Kaleo District.
Explaining the motive behind the donation, Madam Asana Mornah said “it is my bid to support my husband’s ambition of becoming a Member of Parliament for the good people of Nadowli-Kaleo constituency and that we need people to be alive to be able to vote during the election to enable my husband and me to do more for them”.
Overwhelmed by the gesture, Mental Health Officer at the Takpo CHPS Compound, Mr. Kungwula Justine, expressing gratitude for the support said “this donation has come handy and we promise to ensure maximum use of it”. He added that it will take them a month or two before placing request for any supplies. He however bemoaned the lack of accommodation at the facility as their main challenge. “The facility which was initially a Health Centre has been downgraded to a CHPS Compound just because we have no accommodation”. He disclosed that the facility is faced with poor lighting system, lack of water supply, dilapidated windows and inadequate beds at the facility. He therefore called for support from Madam Asana and other benevolent individuals to help address these challenges.
Mr. Donkor Gorden while being thankful for the donation also appealed to Mrs. Mornah and other like-minded persons to come to the aid of the Zang Health facility as it lacks chairs and beds. At the Sombo Health Centre, Madam Yussif Amina on behalf of the staff and the Ghana Health Service also praised Mrs. Mornah and the husband for the constant donation to the facility. She however asked for more help in the area of scrubs for the health workers.
Workers at the Charikpong Health Centre led by Madam Tampah Felicia were also thankful to the philanthropic Madam Asana for the virtuous gesture and wished her husband well in the upcoming parliamentary elections. They also bemoaned the poor state of accommodation as a major challenge facing the facility and thus called on the general public to support in that direction.
Reacting to the challenges facing the various facilities, Madam Asana Mornah noted that, although she and her husband are financially handicapped, they look forward to supporting these health facilities to come out of the many challenges bedevilling their operations.
“My husband and I are committed to doing more for these facilities with or without the power to lead them”. Mrs Mornah stated and further promised to replace the worn out window nets at the Takpo CHPS and also to work on their poor lighting system. She concluded that “the whole health system needs to be restructured as the novel coronavirus has come to expose the lapses in our health system”.
A Non-Governmental Organisation in health, Healthway Foundation as part of its humanitarian services has donated items worth over 10,000 cedis to inmates of the Wa Central Prison and to Bahass Foundatation to take care of the mentally challenged in the society. The items donated included mattresses, detergents, buckets, blankets and clothes.
Donating the items, Founder and CEO of Healthway Foundation, Madam Reyaana Bin Salih said it is a responsibility of all to take care of the vulnerable in the society, and that her Foundation is not left out. She said it is important to help the government in ensuring that the underprivileged are catered for.
At the Wa Central Prison, Mrs Bin Salih noted that the donation was in fulfilment of a pledge she made during an earlier visit where items including television set, soap and detergents were donated. She called on management of the Prison to put the items to judicious use and further pledged the continuous support of Healthway Foundation to the prison.
Madam Reyana also took the opportunity to advise the inmates to take their transformation serious so that they do not return once they leave the cells. “Make the best out of the trades learned when you are out of here since that will help keep you away from returning upon completing your jail terms.” She admonished, adding that “everyone can find themselves in prison, but it is not a home to live”.
The Wa Central Prison received items including 20 mattresses, 15 buckets, 20 pieces of blankets, boxes of bathing soap and washing detergents and a quantity of clothes.
DSP Vorsah Worlali of the Wa Central Prison on behalf of management, staff and the inmates thanked Madam Reyaana and Healthway Foundation profoundly and assured them of the optimal use of the donated items. He said the donation was timely especially after the covid-19 pandemic was having a toll on them as well. DSP Worlali said “like Oliver Twist, we are still asking for more”, and prayed for Allah’s blessings and guidance upon the philanthropic Reyaana so that she can continue to share with the underprivileged in society.
The deputy commander also called on Mrs Bin Salih and other well-to-do Ghanaians to come to the aid of the Wa Central Prison by helping them to stock the infirmary of the Prison.
At Bahass Foundation where clothes, buckets, blankets, soaps and detergents were received on behalf of the mentally challenged persons in the society, CEO of Bahass Foundation, Mr. Ilyasu Yussif expressed gratitude to Healthway Foundation for always thinking about them. He posited that, the items couldn’t have come at any better time than now as the Bahass Foundation is resource constraint to carry out their activities. He said the donation will help them greatly as they now visit homes to take care of the mentally ill persons due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Healthway Foundation is a non-profit making organisation founded in 2019 and located in the Upper West region. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting and providing healthcare and other social services to deprived and vulnerable individuals and communities in the Upper West region. Healthway Foundation as part of its mission is to inspire breakthrough in the way the health system treats the vulnerable and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Minister of Aviation, Mr. Joseph Kofi Ada, has disclosed that plans are underway to construct additional aprons at the Wa Airport. He said the move is necessary as it is observed that the only small apron currently at the airport is affecting optimum operations at the facility.
On a working visit to the airport on Thursday, August 20, Mr. Kofi Ada said government is committed to addressing the challenges facing the Airport, including the construction of additional aprons, in a bid to increasing commercial activities at there.
“The Ghana Airports Company already has in its plans to construct another apron. They have done their budget for the year, they have done the allocation”. The Minister stated, but added that the construction is being delayed due to financial constraints. “It is all a budgetary matter. I think they are constrained with the funds because of the covid-19. They are actually down to zero revenue flowing in.” Mr. Kofi Ada said it will however be re-looked at to ensure that the construction begins soon. He further pledged to encourage the Ghana Airports Company to do two more aprons.
Speaking on other challenges impeding the efficient operations of the Wa Airport, the Minister noted obstruction by radio stations and telecom networks masts, transmission interference by telecoms frequencies and lack of refueling plants, which he said government is earnestly working to resolve.
According to Hon Joseph Kofi Ada, there have been concerns raised by pilots on how a number of masts in Wa town are affecting their movement. The telecom and radio masts are said to be in the line of approach of the aircrafts. This, he said, has led management of the airport “to reduce the length of the runway by 70 meter” to make it easy for flights to land even though it is affecting them. He however disclosed that “we are already in touch with the telecom companies [and radio stations]. We have agreed on them relocating the masts. It is a matter of looking at the time”.
On the interference by frequencies, the Minister said the National Communication Authority has been asked to look at the bandwidths allocated to the telecom companies and adjust them if need be so as to allow for effective communication between airport operators and flight captains.
Mr Kofi Ada further indicated that, refueling facility will be established in Wa with a new operation tower in the offing. He assured that anything necessary to ensure maximum usage of the Wa Airport will be taken care of as it is part of the president’s agenda to put all infrastructural facilities are full utilization.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has on Saturday, August 22, 2020, inaugurated a 40-member campaign team to lead the party’s campaign in the Wa West constituency ahead of the 2020 general elections. The inauguration which took place at Wechiau saw a team consisting of very prominent members of the Party including the constituency executives, the parliamentary candidate, representatives from former DCEs, former constituency executives, cadres, women group, disability group, dominant group, and among others. (See full list attached)
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In his welcome address, the Wa West constituency NDC Chairman, Abubakari Adinan expressed gratitude to the teeming party faithfuls and sympathizers who had assembled at the venue “for long hours” in solidarity. He also assured an unparalleled victory for the party in the constituency. The NDC’s parliamentary candidate, Supt. (rtd) Peter Toobu Lanchene, on his part, reiterated his earlier plea for a united party after the parliamentary primaries. He said although there is no cause for alarm, it is significant to remind themselves of that important ingredient: “unity”. Mr Lanchene was emphatic on his policy of “an all-inclusive” campaign for victory. He therefore assured other party supporters, who were not mentioned as part of the forty-member team, of a role in his agenda “85/85”. “I have an agenda to actively engage at least 85% of the party in my campaign to secure at least 85% of the total votes for myself and His Excellency John Dramani Mahama” he said.
Madam Sardia Gbolo, a member of the NDC’s regional campaign team, who also hails from the constituency, admonished “her people” to restore the lost glory of the NDC in the Wa West constituency. For Madam Gbolo, that the NDC still has majority votes in the constituency is not enough. “Wa West used to be purely NDC, I recall how votes from this part use to cushion Hon. M.A Seidu in his parliamentary bid, and we want that glory back”, she demanded.
In his concluding remarks, Regional chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdul Nasir Saani was very thankful for the rousing welcome and hospitality given to the regional team by the constituents. Mr Saani encouraged the members to use party structures to address grievances should there be any. He also guaranteed an equal distribution of resources and other logistics to all constituencies under his chairmanship. “Every pesewa meant for your constituency will be given to you, everything will be shared equally.”
The Wa West constituency is one of the six seats in the Upper West region occupied by the NDC. The constituency will be presenting a new face to parliament for the first time since its creation in 2004, after the incumbent and only MP who has represented the constituency, Hon Joseph Yielle Chireh lost the NDC’s 2019 parliamentary primary to Peter Lanchene. The retired police officer is expected to face stiff competition from the NPP’s Daniel Dari Kuunsogno who is making a third attempt for the seat.
The Wa West District Assembly has begun the distribution of cashew seedlings to farmers in the district as part of the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme instituted by the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The District Chief Executive of the area, Hon Edward Sabo Laabiir, at a brief ceremony to commission the distribution at Ga, where the seedlings are being nursed, disclosed that, a total of 600,000 cashew seedlings will be distributed to 2,940 individual farmers who have registered and some communities in the district. He said farmlands that will be cultivated in beneficiary communities will be handed over to the communities once the trees are matured.
According to Hon Sabo Laabiir, the Wa West District had projected to raise over one million seedlings in 2020, but could only raise 600,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic. He noted it is still a great achievement as other districts in the region could not match the feat. Mr. Laabiir was confident that, if the 600,000 are well managed, the district will become the highest grower of cashew which will improve the economy and living standard of the Wa West people.
The Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) is an initiative by government to complement the Planting for Food and Jobs programme. The objective of the initiative is to create a sustainable raw material base for industries. It is also to propel economic growth and provide household income for rural farmers. The PERD initiative is a five-year decentralized programme that targets about one million farmers to cultivate at least one acre of a tree crop.
The Wa West District adopted cashew as the tree crop to grow and has since raised over one million seedlings for farmers. According to the DCE, the district in 2018 and 2019 raised and distributed to farmers a total of 580,000 cashew seedlings. In all, the district has raised 1,180,000 cashew seedlings. This will therefore translate into over 29,000 acres of cashew cultivated lands in the district, given that every acre is expected to cultivate forty seedlings.
Hon Sabo Laabiir also noted that the programme has also provided employment for people in the district. He disclosed that “a total of 156 employees are benefiting as far as this work is concerned. Out of this, 123 are females and 33 are males.”
The DCE called on traditional authorities to make available farmlands for the cultivation of the seedlings. He also urged the youth to take farming very serious as agriculture “is the only way to grow”.
The District Director of Education for the Wa West, Mr. Abilimsige A. Richard has called on government, benevolent individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations to come to the aid of the Directorate in the provision of a modern office complex.
According to Mr. Abilimsige, over the years, many portfolios in the Directorate were not occupied. This made the office facility seemingly look okay for the limited core staff of the Directorate. He said this has however changed since he assumed leadership of the Directorate, as he has been able to occupy all these idled positions with the needed staff. This has therefore resulted in overcrowding and lack of seating space for most of the added staff.
“My Girl-child Coordinator, Sports Coordinator, Culture Officer and Pensions and Benefits Officer all have to work outside the official office due to lack of space”. He disclosed, adding that,”even those officers who work within the limited office space have had to have the bitter experience of sharing a single desk and in most cases a chair”. The GES District Director also bemoaned the lack of storeroom for educational materials which has adverse effects on their operations. “We do not also have a store which makes storage of most of our materials which are largely chalk and textbooks always being exposed to the mercy of the weather”.
Mr. Abilimsige indicated that, “we have made several appeals to the District Assembly and the Regional Education [Office] towards this proposal [provision of office complex] which have so far yielded negative results and thus, the reason why we are calling on these external bodies to help us”.
The Director made this appeal during a short ceremony in Wechiau where a new set of photocopier and printing machine was commissioned and handed over to the directorate in fulfilment of government’s promise to provide the District with the equipment.
Receiving the items, Mr. Ablimsige applauded the government for the many interventions relating to education in the Wa West District. “This particular donation will replace completely the cash and pay system where parents had to pay exam fees before their wards could write terminal examination” He noted, adding that “all questions from hence would be typed, printed and distributed to schools at no cost to pupils”. The Director assured the government through the District Chief Executive of proper maintenance and usage of the machines for the intended purpose.
The District Chief Executive for the Wa West, Hon. Edward Sabo Laabiir, who handed over the machines to the education directorate, stated that “this is just one of the many interventions the government under the able leadership of his Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo is providing to lessen the burden of parents and improve teaching and learning in the District”. He was optimistic that, the education directorate would cultivate the habit of maintenance to sustain the life span of these items.
Reacting to the issue of an office complex for the education directorate, Hon. Sabo Laabiir said “it is indeed true that the Wa West Education Directorate needs an ultramodern office complex. And the district assembly has it in plan and will consider the proposal as soon as funds are made readily available”.
The short commissioning ceremony was witnessed by some core staff of both the District Assembly and the Education Directorate of the Wa West.