GNPC Foundation donates 10 constructed boreholes to some communities in Upper West.

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GNPC Foundation which is responsible for the implementation of the social and cooperate responsibility, has commissioned and handed over ten newly constructed boreholes to ten communities in the Upper West Region.

The beneficiary communities includes: Tanpieni, Sojadauyiri, Jijen, Challu, Pieng, Bu Possim, Nabullo, Bawiesibelle, among others.
At Tanpieni, residents especially women, could not hide their joy as they sang and danced at a brief ceremony as one of the ten boreholes was handed over to the community. The women in the community recounted how they used to travel long distances in search of portable water.
“It is such a great relief to have a borehole right at my door step, now my daughter can go to school on time,” one woman said.
The Wa Municipal chief executive, Mr. Issahaku Moomin Tahiru conceded that access to portable water has always been a major challenge in Tanpieni until GNPC’s intervention. The MCE however assured the donors of the assembly’s collaboration in maintaining the boreholes.


Head of environment and social amenities at GNPC Foundation, Patience Lartey who led the team, encouraged residents to make good use of the borehole and also practice good maintenance culture.
The team in the company of the executive director of GNPC foundation arrived at the next community, Sojadauyiri to a rousing welcome by residents; who were anxiously waiting to draw water from the new borehole.
In his address, the executive director of GNPC foundation, Dr Dominic Eduah revealed that the foundation has constructed 100 boreholes across the country with the aim of providing portable water to deprived communities in Ghana.
Dr. Eduah expressed optimism that the intervention by GNPC Foundation will go a long way to reduce reliance on unsafe water sources in the country.
The team however proceeded to the Sissala East Municipality and the other beneficiary communities on the same mission.

*Wildfire is a threat to afforestation in Upper West Region*

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Mr. Francis Brobbey, the District Manager of Forestry Commission, Lawra, has indicated that the major threat to afforestation in the Upper West Region is wildfire and as such appropriate measures must be taken to avoid it if not minimise it.

It is in line with this that, the Lawra District of the Ghana Forestry Commission under the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project, organised a capacity building programme in Wa. The aim of the programme was to enlarge the knowledge base of farmers who are beneficiaries of the project, Chiefs and as well as opinion leaders who matter as far as the project is concern.

Briefing participants during the programme, Mr. Francis Brobbey said, the Sustainable Land and Water Management Project which will last for an initial five years started in 2015 and will end in 2020, but was quick to add that there is a high likelihood that the project duration will be extended in year 2020.

He said the project is currently ongoing in the Daffiama/Bussie/Issa District and the Wa East District of the Upper West Region.

He again added, the capacity building included a local study tour for participants to learn from other beneficiaries on how they nurtured their seedlings in other to be abreast with the right nurturing practices that will go a long way to helping the progress of the project of the Forestry Commission.

According to him, the Lawra District alone intends to plant of about 500,000 trees this year.

He finally challenged participants to act positively towards the project success.

However, participants lamented over suspected cases of arson on project fields and suggested that by-laws be enacted and enforced by community leaders so as to ensure the success of the project.

According to them, hunters should as well be educated on the negative implications of wildfire so as to curb them from setting project fields and the bush in general on fire for games.

The tour covered Kataa, Banungoma and Bayiri communities in Wa East District and Jimpensi and Jolinyiri in Daffiama/Bussie/Issa District where participants had practical experience on what is done at the fields.

The participants also learnt that practices such as topsoil backfill after digging a pit before planting seedlings, “moon shape” creation, mulching, fencing, watering seedlings or plants during dry season, farming on the plantation and fire protection measures around the plantation and how all these are employed for better growth of trees in the Upper West Region.

Lamentations of a Mortuary Man

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A mortuary attendant at the Wa regional hospital, Mr Seuye Dari has expressed regret over what he describes as neglect by the hospital authorities after he allegedly contracted a strange disease in the course of his duty. In an exclusive interview with W93.5FM, Mr Dari accused hospital authorities of not providing mortuary attendants with protective clothing and other relevant logistics thereby exposing them to the risk of contracting diseases from dead bodies.
Mr Dari believes his constant exposure to dead bodies was the cause of his “strange skin disease”. Whiles narrating his trauma, Dari pulled up his shirt to reveal a startling sore around his waist which he claimed hospital authorities denied him medical attention. “After I complained to authorities about my ordeal, I was denied any medical attention instead I was asked to go and treat myself and report back to work”.


  • Mr. Dari further accused the hospital authorities of not paying his salaries and other allowances for the past four months. “In spite of my condition, I have not been paid my salary for the past four months so how do you expect me to go and treat myself”? He asked.
    When W93.5FM contacted the regional hospital authorities, the regional medical director Dr Banabass Gandau said the issue of the “sick mortuary man” has not been brought to his attention. “I’m not aware at all, the mortuary men do not need permission from anyone to see me or even call me to their homes” Dr Gandau however gave the assurance he will personally make sure the issue is solved immediately.
    This revelation comes at time morticians in public hospitals across the country are agitating for better working conditions. It will be recalled that mortuary workers union recently declared a nationwide strike to demand an improvement in their working conditions. In the Upper West Region, the mortuary workers demanded to be enrolled into government payroll and also provided with protective clothing and other logistics before they rescind their decision.

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Provide Us with Mechanized Boreholes- Fire Service Appeals to Assemblies

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The Ghana National Fire Service in the Upper West region, have appealed to municipal and district assemblies to provide the various fire stations with mechanized boreholes and storage facilities. According to statistics from the Upper West regional fire office, about 95% of fire fighting in the region involves the use of water. However, the scarcity of water remains one of the biggest challenges of the service in the region.

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Azumah Resources Ghana Ltd renovates Kalsegra J.H.S block

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Residents, especially teachers and pupils of Kalsegra Junior High School in the Nadowli/Kaleo district of the Upper West Region, were filled with joy after Azumah Resources Ghana Ltd, a gold prospecting company, officially handed over a 3 unit classroom it had renovated for the community.


  1. The Kalsegra Junior High School block had its roof ripped off by a rainstorm in September 2018. The situation compelled school authorities to combine several classes in one room whiles others attended classes under trees. The initiative was based on the request of the community and in line with the cooperate goals of the company to compliment government’s effort in the educational sector.

Mr Benjamin Antungmene, headmaster of Kalsegra Junior High School, explained that the gesture by the gold prospecting company has brought hope and relief to Kalsegra and its environs. “The renovation of this school block will definitely make teaching and learning more effective.” Mr Antungmene recounted how several appeals to government and NGOs yielded no results.

Other residents recounted similar benevolence by Azumah Resources Ghana limited, one of such individuals is the unit committee chairman of Kalsegra, Mr Paschal Nang-Welle “This same company supported our health centre with health consumables, they donated cement for the construction of a wall around our KG block and now renovated our 3 unit classroom block.” The chief of Kalsegra, Naa Louis Panepoge, particularly encouraged residents to show appreciation to the company by giving it the needed assistance. “We wouldn’t have cooperated with Azumah if their activities were not beneficial to the community at large,” the chief emphasized.

Community Relations officer for Azumah Resources Ghana limited, Mr Solomon Dery indicated that the gesture was part of the company’s social responsibility to communities within its operational area. According to Mr Solomon, it cost the company GH¢21,000.00 to renovate the 3 unit classroom block. He therefore charged the community to plant more trees around the school to serve as a windbreak which can protect the school building against such disasters.

Azumah Resources Ghana limited is a gold exploration company that has been prospecting for the precious mineral in parts of the Upper West Region since 2005, some of its operational areas include Wa East, Wa West, Nandom, Jirapa, Lawra and the Nadowli/Kaleo district.

Sports Minister inspects work progress at Wa Youth Resource Centre

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The Minister of Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah has paid a visit to the site of the Wa Youth & Sport Resource Centre to ascertain the progress of work done by the contractor. After touring the facility, Mr Asiamah expressed satisfaction at the work done so far, though the contractor has exceeded the initial nine month schedule. According to the Minister, the contract duration has been extended by five months due to some technical challenges encountered by the contractor. Mr Asiamah believes the center when completed, will help unearth and promote talents in the Upper West Region. ”This region has been deprived of such infrastructure for a long time so I am happy that government is intervening in the provision of sports infrastructure for the Upper West Region, talents are here, skills are here so Ghana will benefit ultimately.”


The project when completed will be a 5000 capacity multi-purpose mini stadium with tennis and basketball pitches. Other facilities will include shops, restaurant, counselling hall, changing rooms and offices.
The supervising consultant, Mr Joe Hackman believes the project will be completed within the “extended period” so it can be commissioned simultaneously with similar projects across the country.
Similar projects are being constructed in all the regions across the country.

We are hungry for power – Delegates in Sissala West Cry to Bagbin

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Sissala West constituency of the Upper West Region have called on the 2nd Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin to free them from what they referred to as “political hunger”.

According to the Vice Chairman of the constituency, Mr Alhassan Bakpadumah, NDC is languishing in opposition because of neglect of the grass root party supporters. This they claim has demoralised most of the hitherto active supporters and has also made the party unattractive to non party members. Some other delegates recalled the leadership role played by Mr. Bagbin whiles the party was in opposition from 2001– 2008.

”You have done it before, we need you to do it again “ the delegates insisted. The delegates believed Mr. Bagbin has diagnosed the problem with the party and deserves the support of all delegates to solve it.
The Sissala west delegates made these remarks during an interaction with the aspirant in Gwollu.


Mr. Bagbin is on a three day tour of the Upper West region to interact and share with delegates his message towards the upcoming NDC presidential primaries. The Sissala West Constituency was his second point of call.

The message of the delegates was so reassuring that no person present was left in doubt that the constituency has fallen to Hon. Bagbin.

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Mass destruction of Shea trees in Kolingu

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Women in Kolingu, a farming community in the Dorimon traditional area of the Wa West district have resorted to cutting down shea tree for charcoal. Although charcoal burning is not strange in the district, the rate at which shea trees are been fell for charcoal in Kolingu community is alarming. A team from W93.5FM who recently visited the community witnessed several shea trees been fell for commercial charcoal production.
Some of the women who spoke to W93.5FM claimed they resort to charcoal burning because there is no alternative source of livelihood especially during the dry season. ”After the farming season we have nothing else to do than cut these trees for charcoal, we can’t even go into dry season gardening because there is no dam in this community.” The situation which is prevalent in several other communities within the Dorimon electoral area has compelled traditional authorities to pass a by law which prohibit the cutting of shea trees for any purpose.
Speaking exclusively to W93.5FM, the assembly member for the area Olinaa Ababaasa bemoaned the situation and promised to fight the menace with the help of his unit committee. Olinaa further explained that the situation is difficult to deal with because most of the culprits are the wives of very influential people in the society.
The” shea plant” is the most important commercial tree in the Wa West district mostly with women as beneficiaries. It is therefore contradictory to see women destroying the very source of their livelihooh.

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School Matron Arrested On Suspicion Of Stealing Food Items.

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School Matron Arrested On Suspicion Of Stealing Food Items.

A matron at the Wa Technical Institute along with two accomplices (names withheld) are in police grips for allegedly stealing food items belonging to the school. Their arrest was based on a tip off by some staff of the school in collaboration with an advocacy group,”Yirimanbo”. The suspects were caught with food items including bags of rice, sugar, cartons of milk and boxes of tin tomatoes suspected to have been stolen from the school’s pantry. The suspects were caught whiles transporting the booty in the school’s Mahindra pick-up truck; registration number GV-1134 Z to an unknown destination.

Some school staff members who spoke to W93.5FM, claimed the matron has the habit of stealing food items from the store room which they believe is shared with some influential persons in the school.

The suspects have since been granted police inquiry bail pending further investigations.

 

by: Ras Aziz Pelpuo

We Don’t Need Extension of the Limited Registration in Upper West Region – EC

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The Deputy Regional Director for the Electoral Commission Mr. Osman Ali has indicated strongly that there isn’t any need for an extension of the just ended limited registration exercise. Speaking to w935online.com he was emphatic that all those who were willing to register within the region had done it. ‘Within the last two days of the registration only very few people went to register this shows that almost all those who wished to register have done that’.

According to him, the police have been very helpful in ensuring an incident free registration. ‘The police did their work well especially when tensions mounted in some areas this has led to a violent free registration process’.

The Deputy Regional Director for the EC in the Upper West Region also indicated that the close collaboration between the EC and the Ghana Federation of the Disabled made the exercise smooth for the disabled. ‘We met with them during the exercise and have been in close touch with their leadership and through our deliberations we have been able to resolve their concerns.

Checks by w935online.com on Sunday which was the last day for the registration, revealed how the registration officials at some centres were idling because there were no persons available to register.

The EC of Ghana initiated a ten day registration exercise for first timers and any others who had failed to register in the past.

The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Sensitization initiative is a project funded by STAR-Ghana to foster inclusiveness, unity, equity and kinsmenship amongst citizens regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, religion, privilege, ethnicity and physical capability or otherwise. The project was intended to strengthen and increase inclusive participation of marginalized youth groups-including women, rural dwellers and people with disabilities during the limited voter registration exercise.

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 18+ GET OUT NOW & REGISTER!

It is the last day of the limited voter registration period. If you are a potential voter you only have

today left –Sunday 8th May, 2016 to register to vote or to secure a valid identification card. 

View the updated  registration locations and times HERE.

Find out how to register to vote HERE.

Find out where to register to vote HERE.

Find out frequently asked question about registration HERE

Find out about the rules and eligibility to register to vote HERE

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE for 2016 to register to vote! Tune in to W935FM to find out the latest registration changes . Please join our campaign and get updates by joining the ‘register to vote’ mailing list.

The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Sensitization initiative is a project funded by STAR-Ghana to foster inclusiveness, unity, equity and kinsmenship amongst citizens regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, religion, privilege, ethnicity and physical capability or otherwise. The project is intended to strengthen and increase inclusive participation of marginalized youth groups-including women, rural dwellers and people with disabilities during the limited voter registration exercise.

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-By The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Registration Initiative

It is the tenth day since the start of the voter registration period. Potential voters have up  to tomorrow – SUNDAY 8th MAY, 2016 to register to vote or secure a valid form of identification. Don’t miss out- Register!

View the updated  registration locations & times HERE.

Find out how to register to vote HERE.

Find out where to register to vote HERE.

Find out frequently asked question about registration HERE

Find out about the rules and eligibility to register to vote HERE

Only 2 days left to register to vote! Tune in to W935FM to find out the latest registration changes . Please join our campaign and get updates by joining the ‘register to vote’ mailing list.

The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Sensitization initiative is a project funded by STAR-Ghana to foster inclusiveness, unity, equity and kinsmenship amongst citizens regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, religion, privilege, ethnicity and physical capability or otherwise. The project is intended to strengthen and increase inclusive participation of marginalized youth groups-including women, rural dwellers and people with disabilities during the limited voter registration exercise.

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It is the ninth day since the start of the voter registration period. Potential voters have up  to 8th May, 2016 to register to vote. Some registration locations in the Upper West are opened till the 8th of May.

View the updated  registration location and times HERE.

Find out how to register to vote HERE.

Find out where to register to vote HERE.

Find out frequently asked question about registration HERE

Find out about the rules and eligibility to register to vote HERE

Only  3 days left to register to vote! Tune in to W935FM to find out the latest registration changes . Please join our campaign and get updates by joining the ‘register to vote’ mailing list.

The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Sensitization initiative is a project funded by STAR-Ghana to foster inclusiveness, unity, equity and kinsmenship amongst citizens regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, religion, privilege, ethnicity and physical capability or otherwise. The project is intended to strengthen and increase inclusive participation of marginalized youth groups-including women, rural dwellers and people with disabilities during the limited voter registration exercise.

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Registration Centres Are Disability Friendly – GFD

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The secretary to the Ghana Federation of the Disabled Mr. Ibrahim Saani has expressed his satisfaction over the improvements made at registration centres which have become more disability friendly. Speaking to W935News, he noted that in the past many registration centres were not accessible to the disable fraternity. ‘Our people most especially the physically challenged found it very difficult using their wheel chairs to access the registration points but now things appear to have changed.’
Mr. Ibrahim Saani also went ahead to state that one of the issues which made people from his Federation stay away from previous registration exercises was having to join the regular queues for long hours, but this he says has become a thing of the past. ‘Now the EC has directed registration officers to attend to us as soon as we arrive at the centre.’ He also took the opportunity to call on the able bodied in queues to understand this and not insult them.

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It is the eighth day since the start of the voter registration period. Potential voters have up  to 8th May, 2016 to register to vote. Some registration locations in the Upper West are opened from the 4th to the 8th of May.

View the updated  registration locations and times HERE.

Find out how to register to vote HERE.

Find out where to register to vote HERE.

Find out frequently asked question about registration HERE

Find out about the rules and eligibility to register to vote HERE

Only 4 days left to register to vote! Tune in to W935FM to find out the latest registration changes . Please join our campaign and get updates by joining the ‘register to vote’ mailing list.

The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Sensitization initiative is a project funded by STAR-Ghana to foster inclusiveness, unity, equity and kinsmenship amongst citizens regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, religion, privilege, ethnicity and physical capability or otherwise. The project is intended to strengthen and increase inclusive participation of marginalized youth groups-including women, rural dwellers and people with disabilities during the limited voter registration exercise.

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Second Leg of Voter Registration Resumes

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The Limited Voter Registration exercise has resumed after a day’s break. The W93.5FM Lambuuri team supported by STAR-Ghana, witnessed registration kick-start in several areas in the Jirapa district. The figures show that the exercise is gathering momentum as day one of the second leg has tremendously surpassed day one of the first leg. The Wa municipality was no different as several first timers were seen queuing up at the various registration centres.

Speaking to w935fmnews, the District Chief Executive for Jirapa Hon. Cletus Dapila expressed his satisfaction and linked it to the W93.5FM Lanbuuri project, supported by STAR-Ghana. He said, ‘I think your partnership has been helpful in getting people out to register.’

Deputy Regional Director of the EC said, ‘We worked so hard to prevent all difficulties in the first phase of the limited registration across the region and I’m sure we are on course.’ However, reports show the Sissala West District is facing the challenge of low turnout due to the distance people would have to travel to get registered. Residents of Kandia for instance, have to travel a distance up to 15 kilometers from an area where reliable public transport is limited to market days.
Alhassan Dimbie a resident of Kandia said he does not have money to take a vehicle to register and come back home. He said, ‘As I stand here I don’t have money to buy fertilizer for my farm so am thinking of how to get that. I just completed SHS and I don’t have that money so am looking for it. If they set up a centre at Kandia or Boti, I will register.’

Chief Executive of the Sissala West district Bukari Dramani,  confirmed the challenge, “I think the distances are far apart. I can’t imagine our people moving from Kandia to Pulima to register in this exercise.  I will suggest to the EC to create some makeshift registration centres to help those who live far from the centres.’

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It is the seventh day since the start of the voter registration period. Potential voters have up  to 8th May, 2016 to register to vote. Some registration locations in the Upper West are opened from the 4th to the 8th of May.

View the updated  registration location and times HERE.

Find out how to register to vote HERE.

Find out where to register to vote HERE.

Find out frequently asked question about registration HERE

Find out about the rules and eligibility to register to vote HERE

Only 5 days left to register to vote! Tune in to W935FM to find out the latest registration changes . Please join our campaign and get updates by joining the ‘register to vote’ mailing list.

The W93.5FM Lanbuuri Limited Voter Sensitization initiative is a project funded by STAR-Ghana to foster inclusiveness, unity, equity and kinsmenship amongst citizens regardless of political affiliation, gender, age, religion, privilege, ethnicity and physical capability or otherwise. The project is intended to strengthen and increase inclusive participation of marginalized youth groups-including women, rural dwellers and people with disabilities during the limited voter registration exercise.

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Limited Registration to Continue Tomorrow after a Day’s Break

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The first leg of the limited registration exercise ended in all districts of the Upper West Region without any major incident. The W93.5FM and STAR-Ghana lambuuri project continued the usual monitoring across the length and breadth of the Upper West Region confirming observed this.

The Electoral commission and its officers are currently on a day’s break and are expected to resume the exercise at the other designated registration centers for the second leg of the exercise for the next five days coming to an end on Sunday 8th May.

Monitoring so far has revealed that most registration centers registered the highest number of first timers on the final day of the first phase of registration.

The W93.5FM and STAR-Ghana Lambuuri project is still vigorously carrying out the radio sensitization which is getting a lot of applause from the Electoral Commission politicians, and other civil society groups.