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Hon Salifu Yakubu, NPP PC Aspirant, Wa East

Aspiring parliamentary candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Wa East Constituency, Salifu Yakubu, has declared his intentions to create opportunities that will empower grassroot members of the Party in the constituency if given the nod. He said it is important to satisfy polling station executives first as they are most significant in ensuring the Party comes to power.

Addressing party supporters after filing his nomination forms at the party’s office in Bulenga on Wednesday, February 19, Mr. Salifu stated that “the polling station executives are the bedrock of the party. They are the engine of the party, they are the people who go house to house to campaign, they are the people that will (take) the Party to higher levels”. He further indicated that making polling station executives and the grassroots happy will translate into the success of the Party as people use them as a benchmark for the performance of the Party or the Member of Parliament.

To this end, the former Deputy Regional Organizer of the NPP said he will ensure delegates are made happy by opening earning opportunities for them. “I will support them with basic things such as business and employment opportunities”, he stated, further noting that, it is important to create opportunities that can help improve the businesses of delegates than to give them money. He said contracting loans to be paid after harvest for farmers and acquiring farm implements will go a long way to helping the grassroots of the party in the Wa East constituency who are mostly into farming.

Hon Salifu submitting form to Constituency Elections Committee secretary

Mr. Salifu Yakubu, who lost the 2015 primaries to the incumbent, was optimistic that the delegates will repose their confidence in him this time to lead the NPP in the upcoming parliamentary elections. While acknowledging the contribution of the current Member of Parliament, Hon Godfred Bayon Tangu, who is serving his third term, Hon Salifu opined that the party needs new blood for the 2020 elections.  He averred that the NPP’s tradition “believes in service to the party. If you serve the party, you will be rewarded.” According to Hon him, he has served the party for two decades without relenting on his efforts, adding that, even after losing the 2015 primaries, he worked hard to ensure the NPP won both the presidential and the parliamentary elections in the constituency. This, Mr. Salifu believes, the delegates will remember and choose him as the next servant to lead the party to the 2020 polls.

Hon Yakubu who was in charge of the NPP 2016 collation center in the Wa East constituency also pledged to offer his support to anybody who emerges winner “in the unlikely event that I am not chosen by the delegates”. He further cautioned his followers and supporters not to attack or insult other contestants during the campaign as it is a family affair. He encouraged them to remain peaceful and calm in telling delegates why they should choose Salifu Yakubu as their Parliamentary Candidate.

Constituency Elections Committee members, Wa East

Hon Salifu Yakubu was accompanied by dozens of party sympathizers including delegates from various parts of the constituency to submit the nomination forms. He goes into the contest with three others including the incumbent who aspires for a fourth term in parliament.

Meanwhile, the secretary of the Wa East Constituency Election Committee upon receiving the nomination forms assured Hon Salifu of a level playing ground for all aspirants. He also called on him and his supporters to conduct their campaigns devoid of personal attacks and character assassination as that will be detrimental to the fortunes of the party after the primaries.


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Match day 9 of the 2019/20 Ghana premier league saw a host of stars from the Upper West Region representing their various clubs across the competition

Nine players were involved across the competition for their teams with four playing 90 minutes each for their respective clubs, one coming on as the second half substitute and four watching on from the bench for their teams

Towering centre back Jamaldeen Haruna saw 90 minutes for Olympics in their defeat to Techiman XI Wonders at home

Left-back Ibrahim Imoro played full throttle for Asante Kotoko in their hard fought 1-0 win over Dreams FC at the Theatre of Dreams

Left winger back Yussif Fadili also enjoyed full 90 minutes for Legon Cities FC in their 1-1 stalemate against Inter Allies

Ahmed Adams lasted the entire duration of the contest for Berekum Chelsea in their shocking defeat against Elmina Sharks

Yakubu Mohammed came on in the 60th minute for Legon Cities FC in their draw against Inter Allies

Toufiq Razak watched from the bench for the first time this season as King Faisal Babies FC draw at home against WAFA

Ahmed Satar was an unused substitute for Liberty Professionals in their defeat to AshantiGold SC

Issahaku Wahidu made a return to match day squad after missing the last two matches but was a spectator from the bench for the entire duration of the match Techiman XI Wonders

Rashid Alhassan continue to wait for his first minutes of the season with another bench warmer for Medeama SC

  1. By: Kanyiri Suburu Lucio/@SuburuAbdulai


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Over twenty acres of cashew farms in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region have been destroyed by a group of “hunters” who indiscriminately set bushes ablaze in search of bush meat.

Mr. Donlare Yiriwele, a peasant farmer in Gojuteng, a suburb of Wechiau in the Wa West District, who was affected by the activities of this group, disclosed that his cashew plantation of about twenty acres was set ablaze over the weekend.

According to Mr. Yiriwele, on Saturday, February 8, around 4pm, a group of young men, wielding cutlasses, guns and other locally made hunting tools, invaded his farmlands, apparently hunting for bush meat. He said he rushed to the farm upon tipoff to safeguard his cashew plantation. Upon seeing them entering nearby farms, efforts geared at stopping them from passing through his farm to carry out their hunting expedition proved futile. He looked on helplessly and haplessly as the young men, numbering over 100, with their over 200 dogs search through all the bushes within and around his farmlands for game.

On his return to the farm the next morning, Donlare Yiriwele observed that the cashew plantation had burnt. He also traced evidence of hunting expedition in the farm, where similar bushes around the farm were burnt and evidence of the hunters roasting and eating yams.

Mr. Yiriwele’s farm is made up of six acres of yam, three acres of cassava and about twenty acres of cashew. The cashew plantation, according to him, is a source of livelihood to him and his family over the past few years. He bemoaned the effect this disaster would bring to the family as this year’s harvest would be affected negatively. Donlare Yiriwele is therefore calling on the Wa West District Assembly, NADMO, Security Agencies, individuals and cooperate groups to come to his aid.

Gojuteng was not the only community affected as there have been reports from other parts of the district indicating the activities of these hunting groups. It is further alleged that this group of hunters sometimes engage in killing domestic animals belonging to members of the communities they go. The damage caused is estimated to have affected over 20 acres of cashew farm, and other properties in the district.

Residents in Lassia Tuolu who also complained of the presence of the hunters in the district, narrated that they parked their truck, buses and other motorbikes in the community before spreading to nearby communities to hunt.


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The Upper West branch of the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance Workers (UNICOF) of the Trades Union Congress on Saturday, February 8, 2020, as part of its yearly support programme donated some items worth over GH₵2,000.00 to pupils of the St. Don Bosco Special School to support their upkeep.

According to the First Vice Chairman of UNIFOC – Upper West, Issaka Mohammed, the donation was necessitated by the Union’s desire to give back to society. He said besides the Union’s core mandate of seeing to the welfare of its members, “as a union we also thought that helping the needy is our corporate social responsibility.” Mr. Issaka said the donation was made out of their dues to augment government’s efforts in providing for special schools, and therefore thanked all members for their contributions.

The 1st Vice Chairman also implored management of the school to put the items to judicious use to the benefit of the vulnerable pupils. He further intimated that, “looking at their (St. Don Bosco Special School) challenges, we are more likely to select them again for next year”.

                          Mrs. Fatima Saaka (left) and Mr. Issaka Mohammed (right)

On her part, Regional Chairperson of the Women Committee of UNICOF, Mrs. Fatima Saaka, urged society not to despise and neglect children born with certain abnormalities. She said such children should not be seen as a curse to the extent they are allowed for only their mothers and the government to take care of. Madam Fatima called on other unions and individuals to contribute their quota towards improving the lives of such children by supporting the special schools. She challenged the general public to donate to the St. Don Bosco Special School to help the vulnerable children.

Headmaster of the school, Vitalis Niben-yel Tuolong, who received the items on behalf of management and the pupils with intellectual disabilities thanked UNICOF for the kind gesture and pledged to ensure that the items are used to the full benefit of the pupils. He said government is doing its best, but that the school still needs more support. He pleaded with UNICOF to still remember them in their subsequent donations, and called on other benevolent organisations and individuals to come to their aid with any assistance.

He also encouraged parents who have such children with intellectual disabilities to enroll them at the St. Don Bosco Special School and not keep them at home.

Mr. Niben-yel Tuolong however enumerated some challenges bedeviling the school. Key among them is the lack of accommodation for the staff and house mothers. He disclosed that “there is no accommodation in this school. No single teacher stays here. The senior housemaster just opted to stay at Loho. When I took over, I decided I would stay closer, [so] I rented a place just across the road.” He said with the nature of the children it is important that accommodation was provided for staff to stay with them on the campus.

Other challenges include inadequate staff, both teaching and non-teaching, lack of transport for the school, lack of kitchen and inadequate financing for vocational activities.

St. Don Bosco Special School is located at Loho, a community in the Nadowli District of the Upper West Region. Of the over hundred student population, sixty-nine pupils had reported for school as at the time of the donation.

The donated items to the school included maize, rice, cooking oil and assorted drinks and biscuits. The rest are detergents; liquid soap, washing powder, parazone and washing soap.


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The Member of Parliament for Nadowli /Kaleo constituency who also doubles as 2nd Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Alban S. K. Bagbin today 4th January,2020 joined the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana ADDO Dankwa Akufo Addo to cut SOD for the construction of a 17 megawatt solar power project in Kaleo.

In a brief speech, the Nadowli / Kaleo legislator expressed gratitude to the Nana Addo led government for continuing the solar power project which according to him was initiated in 2012 by the previous NDC government. Hon Bagbin pledged his continuous support to the development of the Nadowli /Kaleo constituency and the country at large. “I want to congratulate His Excellency on behalf of the Chiefs and people of the Nadowli/Kakeo constituency and to assure him of my support to this government and any other government that is committed to the development of the good people of this country.” He also hinted that in addition to the compensation package for the acquisition of the land for the project, his discussion with the management of the VRA reveals that the community will be provided with an alternative source of livelihood for the people.

The 22. 816,666.67 million euros solar power project which is the first of it’s kind in the region is funded by the German government. The project consists of two components; 13 MWp to be installed in Kaleo whiles 4 megawatts power is being installed in Lawra.

The German Ambassador to Ghana H E Christoph Retzlaff who was the guest of honour at the SOD cutting ceremony was optimistic that the project “will not only boost the energy supply to the region but will also open new development perspectives for it’s people. ” He believes the project will address the challenges of climate change and the need for clean energy for the country.


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His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo


The president of the republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has hinted of the conversion of the Nandom district into a municipality.
Addressing a gathering of chiefs and people in Nandom today 4th January 2020, the President emphatically stated that he has “signed the documents that has converted the Nandom district into a municipality”. The president’s statement was an immediate response to a request made by the acting president of the Nandom traditional council Ko Naa a few minutes earlier.” We wish to remind you of our earlier plea for an upgrade of the Nandom district to a municipality “. The president’s prompt response came as a suprise to the teaming crowd.
His Excellency the president also called on the people of Nandom to turn out and register massively anytime the electoral commission starts the process of a new registration. He further urged the people to give his government ” four more years to do more”.
The president earlier cut SOD for the construction of a 17 megawatt solar power project at Kaleo and Lawra. The solar project is expected to generate 13MW and 4MW for the Kaleo and Lawra plants respectively. The Kaleo solar project is scheduled to be completed in December 2020 whiles that of Lawra is to be completed in June 2020.




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Three persons including a pregnant woman are reported dead as a result of suspected food poisoning in Bankpama, a community in the Wa West district of the Upper West region.

According to family sources, on the night of 10th January, 2020 the 33 year old pregnant mother in the company of four other members of her household attended a “community party” at neighbouring Motori where they were served jollof rice. Back home the next morning, the mother prepared “Sawala” (a local dish made of roasted corn & oil) for herself and her two children (all deceased now). Shortly after, the mother and the two children fell ill and were rushed to the Wa West district hospital where they all passed on.

Administrator at the Wa West District Hospital confirmed the story to W93.5fm but said “investigation is still in progress “. However, a preliminary report compiled by the District Health Directorate in collaboration with key stakeholders such as the Food and Drugs Authority and security agencies suggest “seizure, disorder, severe bacterial infection and food poisoning” as the probable cause of death of the three.

The report further indicated that about hundred people ate “the jollof rice” at the said party and out of the five household members who attended the party at Motori, four ate the jollof rice that was served and three out of the four also ate the sawala that was prepared the next day. The one person who did not eat any of the above mentioned foods has no problem, the one who ate only the jollof has no problem too. Unfortunately all three persons who ate both rice and “sawala” fell ill and later died.

The report further indicated that samples of the jollof rice from the party, samples of the “sawala”, samples of the roasted corn & shea butter used in preparing the “sawala” have been taken for further investigations by the Food and Drugs Authority.

The deceased persons have since been buried according to the traditions of the people of Bankpama amidst controversy over the cause of death. While some people claim there was a meal in between the jollof rice and Sawala, others simply believe that the poisoning was unintentional. The community is however calm with several sympathisers trooping in to mourn with the bereaved family.


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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Saturday, January 11, 2020, launched a youth working committee in the Wa West constituency to augment the work of the party hierarchy to ensure victory in the upcoming general elections. The party at the inauguration of the 18-members Youth Wing also called for all party members to bury all differences and continue to work to keep the party in power.

Addressing participants at the event, the Wa West Constituency Youth Organizer, Mr. Dabo-Naa Abdul Wahab, said “the strength of a party rests on the shoulders of the youth”.  He said it was always his desire since assuming office as the constituency youth organizer to see to it that the youth of the party play active role in ensuring victory for the party. The Youth Commander stated that “the idea of the Youth Wing is to allow for the sharing of ideas that will ensure that Hon Daniel Dari Kuusogno, the Parliamentary Candidate, is declared winner at the close of polls in December 2020” alongside president Akufo-Addo. He said it was important to have such a committee since the two youth organizers cannot be everywhere to run campaigns, and therefore charged the committee to work assiduously for the party ahead of the 2020 elections.

Mr. Dabo-Naa also called on the youth to “be patient with our party leaders and elders. We are the leaders tomorrow. As we see them at the top today, they are not going to sit there forever. Some of us looking at them now will be at the top one day”. He continued that, with patience the fortunes of the party will improve which will benefit all members. The Youth Organizer lamented on the failure of the party to win the seat even though the constituency was birthed by the NPP. He therefore stressed that “our ultimate aim is to have a Member of Parliament while NPP is in power. That way there will exist more opportunities for the grassroots.” He however said this can be made possible if members stop petty squabbles and work together towards achieving the dream.

The District Chief Executive, Edward Laabir Sabo who was the Guest of Honour, lauded the youth organizer for the initiative and pledged to fund any budget of the Youth Wing to aid their work towards victory 2020. Hon Sabo Laabir also pleaded with party members to desist from looking down on anybody and rather respect one another irrespective of their position in the party. He said barring unnecessary qualms among patriots, the work done under his watch compared to the eight years of the erstwhile NDC administration is enough to wrestle the seat from the NDC. The DCE further challenged the regional executive to reconcile the rank and file of the party across all constituencies in the region.

On his part, the constituency chairman, Bukari Seidu, cautioned party members against hastening to make conclusions without first ascertaining all facts. He said every member of the party must strive to promote unity. According to Chairman Seidu, the NPP suffered in Wa West in the last election due to petty arguments and discontent among members. He therefore urged all to eschew any confusion and work together to win the seat.

The 2020 Parliamentary Candidate, Hon Daniel Dari Kuusogno, apologized unreservedly for any wrong he may have done against any party member knowingly or unknowingly, thus asked for their forgiveness and support. He said it is possible together, and therefore urged party faithful to engage in positive activities that will help in annexing the seat. Mr. Kuusogno noted that he is opened to ideas from all party persons that will help deliver the seat.

Also declaring his support for Daniel Kuusogno to win the seat, former parliamentary candidate for the party in 2012, Adams Nuhu Timbile, directed his followers to join the campaign to ensure that victory is declared for the NPP after December 7, 2020. He further called on all other factions and grieving members to settle their differences and ensure the seat doesn’t elude the party again. Hon Nuhu Timbile also advised disgruntled patriots who feel they have not benefited since the party came to power to exercise patience and keep the party in power as many stand to benefit if the NPP continues to be in power than when it is out of power.

The Regional Youth Organizer who swore the eighteen members into office charged them to cooperate with the party leadership and be effective and diligent in the discharge of their duties. He also took the opportunity to implore all members of the party to “work assiduously (and to) stop complaining, stop lamenting, and most importantly stop expecting. It is only in expectation that there is disappointment.” He urged them to be focused and “salvage the seat from the sinking NDC leadership”.

Regional Communication Director of the NPP, Bukari Ali, also admonished communicators of the party to stop attacking one another on media platforms. He suggested that social media platforms should be used to educate one another about the works of the government instead of using it to settle personal scores. Mr. Bukari said it is very wrong to attack or discredit a party member in public as that has the tendency of tarnishing the image of the party.  He was confident the Wa West seat will be delivered if members will channel their energy in convincing people to vote for the NPP in December 2020.

Members of the Youth Wing

Meanwhile the Upper West Regional Secretary of the NPP, Isaac Alitu, expressed sadness for not winning the Wa West seat since its creation. He said even though Wa West was the first to be mentioned among the four constituencies that were created in the Upper West region in 2004, it is still the constituency which is yet to thank the NPP for giving it that status. “The Wa East won the seat for the NPP for the first elections there, Sissala West won the seat in 2016, Lambussie also paid their dues in time past as they won the seat before. So it is time for Wa West to also thank the NPP by winning the seat this year”. He stated, but was quick to add that “it will not come easy unless we sit up and work. We must stop the bickering and rather see to the interest of the party”. Mr. Alitu charged leading members in the constituency to throw away bitterness from the primaries and come together to fight for victory.

The Inauguration of the Youth Wing themed “Reenergizing for Victory 2020” was well attended by party stalwarts from within and without the constituency. They included the DCE for Wa West, Hon Sabo Laabir; the 2020 Parliamentary Candidate, Daniel Dari Kuusogno; the NPP Constituency chairman, Seidu Bukari; the assemblyman for the Guo Electoral Area and immediate past Presiding Member of the Wa West District Assembly, Mr. Osman Adams and the 2012 Parliamentary Candidate, Adams Nuhu Timbile.

Others were the NPP Regional Secretary, Isaac Alitu; the Regional Communication Director, Ali Bukari; the Regional Youth Organizer, Luri Tia John-Bosco; former Wa West Constituency chairman, Alhaji Abudi Seidu (Major); and Youth Organizers and representatives from other constituencies.


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Constituency Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Wa West, Mr. Bukari Seidu, has challenged members of the party to bury their hatchets and ensure that the Wa West seat is wrestled from the “incompetent” National Democratic Congress (NDC) in this year’s general election. He said anything short of winning the seat will be detrimental to the fortunes of the party in subsequent elections.

Chairman Seidu stressed that “if we fail to win the Wa West seat this 2020, then nobody should think he can salvage it for the NPP in the 2024 elections. The excuse over the past years has been that the NDC candidate (Hon. Joseph Yelle Chireh) is experienced and has large following for his many years in politics, which our leaders always acknowledge. He however will not be on the ballot in 2020. So what excuse will we give to our leaders if we lose the seat to a candidate just known three months ago?”

Mr. Bukari indicated that failure to win the seat will not be a shame to only him as chairman, but to the entire membership of the party in the constituency.

The chairman made these comments while addressing patriots at the inauguration ceremony of Wa West Youth Wing at Wechiau on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

He said it is very important to have a member of parliament while the party is in power as he will be a link between the constituents and the presidency. He cited the Nandom and Lawra constituencies as reference, saying many youth in the two constituencies have been able to get employment into the various security forces because they have parliamentary representatives to drum home their needs to the president. Same, he said, cannot be said of the Wa West.

Speaking to the theme of the occasion, “Reenergizing the Youth for Victory 2020”, Chairman Seidu said the youth is the bedrock of every political party since they form the majority in any community. He said “with a vibrant youth front in any polling station, the party is capable of winning that place.” He therefore pledged his support for the Youth Wing and urged all youth organizers and women organizers to play an active role in ensuring the NPP wins the Wa West seat in 2020.

Buttressing the point, former NPP parliamentary candidate for the Wa West in 2012, Adams Nuhu Timbile, said the opportunity presented in 2020 “is a penalty given for the NPP to score” in the constituency, and failure to do so will be dangerous for the party going forward. He agreed with Chairman Bukari Seidu that it will be difficult to win the seat again if it is not won this year. Nuhu Timbile also stated that “Lanchene (Peter Toobu) cannot beat us to the seat”, adding that it is not time for him to annex the seat.

The Inauguration Ceremony organized under the auspices of the Wa West Youth organizer, Abdul Wahab Dabo-naa, was well attended by party stalwarts from within and without the constituency. They included the District Chief Executive, Hon Sabo Laabir; the 2020 Parliamentary Candidate, Daniel Dari Kuusogno; the NPP Constituency chairman, Seidu Bukari; the assemblyman for the Guo Electoral Area and immediate past Presiding Member of the Wa West District Assembly, Mr. Osman Adams and the 2012 Parliamentary Candidate, Adams Nuhu Timbile.

Others are the NPP Regional Secretary, Isaac Alitu; the Regional Communication Director, Ali Bukari; the Regional Youth Organizer, Luri Tia John-Bosco; former Wa West Constituency chairman, Alhaji Abudi Seidu (Major); and Youth Organizers and representatives from other constituencies.


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The Upper West regional minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, has appealed to media practitioners in the region to avoid negative reportage and join hands in promoting the region by telling positive stories about the area. He said due diligence should be observed when reporting to avoid fake and negative stories. This, he believes, will help attract investors and professionals to come to the region.

Recounting reasons why some people, especially health workers, do not accept postings to the region, the Minister mentioned “bad press” as a cause. To him, the continuous publication of negative stories at the neglect of positive ones about the Upper West region is a matter of concern as potential workers and investors do not feel safe to be in the region. He opined that, a young nurse who feels there are no good schools for her children or that security situation is bad will most likely refuse posting to the region. The Minister was however optimistic that the negative mentality people have about the region can, and will change if the media begin to report the good news and minimize the bad ones.

According to Hon Bin Salih, the media has been very supportive since he assumed office as the regional minister. “I have enjoyed your support since I came. I have been one of the regional ministers with wide media coverage”. He however urged the media to “leave sensationalism and let’s promote the region” as he called for support and cooperation in the year 2020.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih also revealed that, the Regional Coordinating Council will organize “three or four Meet the Press (series) before elections” to account to the people projects and policies being implemented.

The Minister was speaking at a press soiree organized for the media and various heads of departments in the region to usher in the New Year.

Honourable Hafiz Bin Salih also told the gathering that, the Upper West Region has benefited from all major policy initiatives implemented since the New Patriotic Party took power in 2017. He said the region has seen major improvements in various sectors including education, health, agriculture, security and water and sanitation.

Alleged Neglect at Upper West Regional Hospital

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A four year old boy from Jeyiri in the Wa east district of the Upper West Region who is said to have fallen on his face and broke several of his teeth was allegedly turned away by the dental unit of the Upper West Regional hospital.

According to the father of the victim who gave his name as Gbolo, he got to the dental unit around 2:00pm on the 30th December, 2019 but was told “it’s almost our closing time so come back with your son tomorrow”.

W93.5FM followed up to the facility and the dental unit was closed as at 3:52pm.
The disheartened father said he travelled several kilometers from his village to the regional hospital, hoping to save his son’s live only to be turned away.
After several phone calls to individual members of the management board of the hospital, father of the victim was asked to return the boy to the hospital for medical attention.
A Management member of the hospital who spoke to our reporter in a private telephone conversation condemned the action of the dental unit describing it as unprofessional and unethical.
The four year old boy however received medical attention at the casualty unit of same facility after 6:00pm same day.

Wa Circuit Court Remands 10 Members Of Western Togo-Land

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The Wa circuit court today 2nd December, 2019 remanded into police custody 10 members of a group calling itself “Western Togo-land liberation movement”. The 10 are to reappear on 9th December, 2019.
The group was arrested in Tumu on 30th November, 2019 for allegedly campaigning for support from the traditional authorities to breakaway from Ghana and creates a new country. The ten accused persons include: Michael Hofe, Ismael Dzirakor, Togbui Kuogo II, Umborgati Samuel, George Lihor Klevor, Umar Abdul Samed, Mohammed Karim, Hordiba Innocent, Kanu Emmanuel and Maglo Tsey Mawuli.

Presenting the case before the court presided over by H.H Justice Baah Forson, prosecutor Sgt Martin K. Degbotse said the group on 29th November met with the Wa Naa to seek his support to breakaway from Ghana and form a country called “Western Togo-land”. The Wa Naa however did not grant them audience but drove them away. The group then proceeded to Tumu where they were arrested and handed over to the Upper West regional police headquarters. Sgt Degbotse further stated that the group also visited a number of palaces including: Ya Naa’s palace, Bimbilla palace and Bawku Naaba’s palace. The prosecutor therefore prayed the court to remand the accused persons since the “48hours detention statute” would elapse today.
Presiding judge, Justice Baah Forson said he has no jurisdiction over the case but was only remanding the accused persons to enable prosecutors take them to the appropriate court. The 10 accused persons were therefore remanded to reappear on 9th December, 2019.


Members of Western Togo-Land


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Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, has cited administrative issues as the reason for which the new ultramodern Upper West regional hospital is not operational. The hospital which is expected to serve as a referral center to other health facilities in the region and beyond is yet to be opened to the public for medical services after it was commissioned on 18th August, 2019.

Speaking at the Meet the Press Series in Nandom on Monday, November 11, 2019, Dr. Bin Salih said the hospital “is not operational because there are certain administrative matters that need to be settled.” Among these, he said, is the search for a medical director, whom he is confident, will be recruited soon to run the facility. “There is an advert for the position of a medical director”, he disclosed, assuring that “very soon, the medical director will be appointed to come and spearhead the administration of the facility”.

The Minister was however quick to declare that persons who refused postings to the region should not think of being appointed as the Medical Director of the hospital. He made it clear that “people who have sacrificed to serve this region must be given the opportunity to head that facility. We cannot give a position that is so dear to us to people who refuse to take up postings to this region,” but will want to take such positions from people who have sacrificed for the region. He therefore called on all to support him in ensuring that happens.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih also revealed that the new hospital facility has been issued with a certificate to operate by the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency. He said with the 160-bed hospital now having a license to operate, it is now at the stage of seeking approval from the National Health Insurance Authority to be absorbed which he believes will be done soon.

The Minister reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring that the people of the Upper West Region benefit from the many programmes and projects being implemented. He further assured the people of government’s readiness to ensure the effective operation of the hospital, and to improve the lives of the people in the region.

Meanwhile, pro-NDC group, Association for Transparent and Accountable Governance (ATAG) has charged government to operationalize the facility to help prevent avoidable deaths in the region. The group in a statement released on Tuesday, November 12, has given an ultimatum to government to open the hospital to the general public by close of year 2019 or face their wrath. The group said it will use any legal means possible to mount pressure in ensuring the operation of the hospital should government fail to do so by close of December 31, 2019.


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The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih has set up a five member committee to unravel the issues surrounding the death of a two year old boy, who died of snake bite over the weekend, after he was allegedly denied medical attention at the Regional Hospital, Wa.

Following reports that the boy, bitten by a snake, was denied treatment due to the absence of folder at the Regional Hospital, the minister on Monday at a Meet the Press Series in Nandom pledged to ensure that anyone found culpable in the death of two-year old Ibrahim Shahid will not go unpunished. On the back of this pledge, Dr Bin Salih Tuesday afternoon inaugurated the committee to look into the circumstances that led to the death of the boy.

Announcing the development on his facebook page, Hon Bin Salih said “I had to constitute the committee to investigate whether or not there was negligence and or culpability on the part of the staff of the hospital leading to the death of the child.” The Minister further charged the committee to complete and submit its report on or before 26th November, 2019.

The five-member committee is made up of a retired nurse, Alhaji Issaka Hassan, who chairs the committee; a journalist, Yakubu Abdul-Gafur and Lawyer Frank Asiedu Nimarkoh of the Attorney-General Department. The others are Mr. Alfred Anzagirah of the Ghana Health Service and D/Cpl Richman Ayitey of the Ghana Police Service.

Ibrahim Shahid, now deceased, was a native of Boli, a community in the Wa Municipality of the Upper West Region. He was reportedly referred from the Boli CHPS compound to the Regional Hospital, Wa on Saturday, November 9, 2019, following the snake bite. On arrival, the parents were asked to get a folder before he could be attended to. Allegedly, workers at the folder unit were not at post at the time which made the parents to return home with the boy without treatment thereby leading to his death.


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His Excellency Former President Jerry John Rawlings

A pro National Democratic Congress (NDC) group, Association for Transparent and Accountable Governance (ATAG) has posited that the NDC is well positioned to wrestle power from the New Patriotic Party in 2020 even if the party’s founder, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, will not support the campaign. The group in a four-page statement said there is clear indication that the NDC’s founder will not take center stage in the party’s bid to win the 2020 elections, but that, his absence in the campaign cannot stop the NDC from achieving the feat.

According to ATAG, the days of depending on individuals to win elections are long gone. While admitting the influence former president Rawlings wields in Ghana’s geopolitical space, the group stressed that, “it is also an undisputable fact that the NDC as a party has gone through all the stages of group formation including forming, storming, norming and performing. The statement further stated that, the NDC party ”have matured enough over a span of twenty-five years to stand on structures and not on individuals or personalities and therefore is in a better position to win the 2020 elections with or without its founder”.

ATAG opined that, “former President Rawlings seems to have no iota of love for the NDC in his heart again based on his pronouncements in recent times”, adding that he only carries the title as a “founder” of the party. The group therefore urged lovers of the largest opposition party who still hope and yearn for the former president to take center stage in the NDC 2020 campaign to accept the reality that the NDC will go into next year’s elections without their “founder”. For the group, members of the party are not expelling Mr. Rawlings from the party for fear of spilling the already spilled beans.“ATAG is however not surprised for the bad fate shown by former President Rawlings to the NDC party he founded and his new statesmanship position and culture of silence since the assumption of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo into power in January 2017.” Part of the statement read, adding that many were surprised to learn that “former President Rawlings was among the privileged few personalities His Excellency Nana Addo commended and appreciated immediately after winning [the] 2016 elections.”

The group also observed that former President Rawlings has been tamed since the inception of the NPP government on January 7, 2017 “and his usual booming and fuming, his probity, integrity and accountability statements, finding faults with every president that came after him including those from his own party became a thing of the past”. ATAG questioned John Rawlings’ resolve not to comment about the many scandals being witnessed under the current administration. “So, is Mr. Rawlings saying that all the negative happenings under His Excellency Nana Addo and family government in recent times got his endorsement as a crusader against corruption?”

Despite the seeming absence of support from Chairman Rawlings, ATAG believes that the general elections will not be a matter for the NDC alone, “but a bread and butter issues for all Ghanaians since our pilot has panicked and lost control and therefore about to crash the Boeing 707”. This, the group concluded, will present victory to the NDC as the NPP government will be evicted by electorates on December 7, 2020. Ghanaians, according to ATAG, will give the NDC another nod to come and continue with the quality leadership and monumental development in the areas of socioeconomic and infrastructural development which they brought in their previous stints in government.


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Group picture, at the entrance of the Wa regional hospital

The Upper West regional chapter of the Ghana Scout association has started what it calls “a monthly clean up exercise”. The maiden event took place on Saturday, 2nd November 2019, under the theme “Good Sanitation, Every Scout’s Responsibility”.

The event brought together over 200 scouts and students from the Wa Secondary Technical School and the Wa Technical Institute, as well as officials from the Wa municipal assembly, the Environmental Health and Sanitation, and the National Youth Authority with support from Alhaji Muskila Motors to clean the Wa Regional Hospital.

Chairman of the Upper West Regional Scout Council, Mr. Yussif Harum Kadir explained that the idea to initiate a monthly clean up exercise was based on the Scout’s promise and principles of helping to build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in their society. Mr Kadir further stated that the clean up exercise would be sustained and observed monthly by the Scout Association and it’s partner organizations.

The regional training commissioner, Bawa Yahaya, said he was overwhelmed by the high level of participation and hope to maintain or increase the momentum in subsequent events.

The Scout Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which is opened to all persons without regards to gender, race, age, or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the founder.

Scouting contributes to the education of young people through a value system based on the following principles:

a) Duty to God: – Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.

b) Duty to others: – (i). Loyalty to one’s country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and co-operation.
(ii). Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of one’s fellow human being and for the integrity of the natural world.

c) Duty to self: – Responsibility for the development of oneself, Keep your body and mind clean and fit.


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The Upper West Regional Secretariat of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has dared the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to sue the NPP’s regional chairman, Mr. Saanbaye Baslide Kangberee, if they (NDC) feel comments he made in the aftermath of the NPP primaries in the Daffiama-Bussie Issa constituency have any criminal intent.

In a press conference addressed by the party’s Regional Communication Director, Mr. Bukari Ali, the NPP said the allegations that their chairman is plotting to kill the Member of Parliament for the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa constituency, Dr. Sebastian Sandaare, are preposterous and baseless. Mr. Bukari said the NDC is only seeking to misinform and cause confusion among the people of the Upper West region by using “their own twisted interpretation of the words used by the NPP Regional Chairman.

He therefore urged the NDC to test the law if they believe they have a case or do the needful by apologizing to Chairman Kangberee and the general public for peddling falsehood.

It will be recalled that the NDC through its communication bureau led by the Regional Communication Officer, Mr. Puo-ire Prosper, accused the NPP’s Regional Chairman, S.B Kangberee, of recklessness and irresponsibility in an interview he granted the media during the NPP primaries. The NDC said Mr. Kangberee was insinuating the death of the DBI MP with comments, which they took serious exception to as the “loosed talk constitutes substantial threat to the life of Hon. Dr. Sebastian Sandaare”.

The umbrella party in the Monday, October 14, 2019 press conference said they will hold Mr. Kangeberee responsible should anything untoward happen to Hon Sandaare, and called on constituents of the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa to do same for “the safety and security of their MP”. The NDC further demanded the Regional Chairman of the ruling NPP to withdraw the “reckless” comment that suggests the sitting NDC MP for the DBI may die and apologize for same. The NDC believed that the comments by Mr. Kangberee “are premeditated and an integral part of a diabolical scheme to annex the DBI seat at all cost to satisfy his empty political ego”.

But the NPP on Thursday, October 17, 2019 rejected the demand for an apology, saying Mr. Kangberee has said or done nothing wrong to apologize for. The elephant fraternity through their Regional Communication Director said it is rather “Mr. Puo-ire Prosper and his colleagues who owe the NPP Regional Chairman, the NPP and the general public an unqualified apology for continuously and repeatedly lying to the public”.

Ali Bukari, NPP Regional Communication Director – UW/R

Bukari Ali explained that, Chairman Kangberee was only calling for unity among the party members to rally behind the NPP Parliamentary Candidate to win the DBI seat irrespective of the person sitting on it. “He (Kangberee) indicated that, it didn’t matter who won or who lost, but that, winning the seat was more important than the person who sits on the seat as [Member of Parliament].” He clarified, adding “that it is not a particular person per se that we should focus on, since any human being could take ill or even die at any time”. Mr. Bukari noted that the constitution has even made provision for such unfortunate happenings, the reason there exists a provision to conduct by-elections where a sitting MP dies or becomes incapacitated to continue his duties.

The NPP said it will be mindboggling for any right thinking person to announce to the media his intention to murder another, concluding that it “smacks of hypocrisy and blatant insult to the intelligence of the people of Ghana” for the NDC to want the public to believe in their twisted story.

The DBI seat is currently occupied by Hon Dr. Sebastian Sandaare of the National Democratic Congress who was again acclaimed as the Parliamentary Candidate for the 2020 general elections. It is believed that the seat is one of the major targets for the New Patriotic Party in the Upper West Region. The NPP also elected the current District Chief Executive for the area as their Parliamentary Candidate for the next general elections.


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As part of the core mandate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in educating the citizenry on civil issues, the Wa West unit of the NCCE has started a community-based sensitization and education campaign on the upcoming district level elections (DLE) and the referendum to amend article 55(3) of the 1992 Republican Constitution. The education campaign seeks to create the awareness of registered voters across all communities in the Wa West district of the Upper West region about the DLE and the referendum slated for December 17, 2019, and the need to participate and vote on the day.

Addressing the press at the sidelines of the NCCE staff conference on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019 ahead of the campaign kickoff, the NCCE director for the Wa West District, Mr. George Dery, said the sensitization and education campaign would run untill November 15, 2019.

According to him, the programme shall begin with the major communities in the district inline with their local market days. “Beginning from tomorrow, we shall be visiting community by community in accordance with their market days to talk to the people and let them know that coming 17th December, 2019 all registered voters should not relent. They should go out massively and vote so that we can elect our able assembly members to man our various assemblies”. He further disclosed that “our objective is to cover at least 90% of all the communities across all the 28 electoral areas in the district by the end of this exercise despite our limited resources.”

Mr. Dery also bemoaned the low participation in the activities of the DLE as well as the low voter turnout being observed over the previous elections. This, he said, is what necessitated his team to begin the campaign early to be able to tell more people the need to participate so as to improve the record.

Touching on the referendum, Mr. Dery said “with the referendum, 40% of the Ghanaian voter population need go out and vote of which 75% of the 40% turnout need to endorse yes for the referendum to be able to amend the article 55(3) of the 1992 constitution so that we will be able to also elect MMDCEs through partisan basis.” He emphasized that “the district assembly elections is the bedrock of our democracy, but many people don’t honour it because political parties do not come in to financially support it”.

First Commercial Flight Hits Wa Airport Amidst Concerns Over Sustainability of Operations

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Africa World Airline

Africa World Airline (AWA) has commenced the operation of commercial flight in the Upper West Region. The maiden commercial flight touched down at the Wa airport around 12:20pm on October 15, 2019 amidst jubilation from residents. The airline is expected to fly three times a week to and from the Wa airport.

Delegation from the National House of Chiefs

At a brief ceremony held in Wa to officially commence the operations of AWA, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih applauded AWA for extending its services to the region. Dr Hafiz believes the commencement of commercial flights in the region will further open the region to the rest of the country and also boost economic activities in the Upper West Region. “The commencement of commercial flights to and from Wa airport is meant to provide efficient and reliable service to boost economic activities in the Upper West Region and beyond”. The minister also believes air transport services will boost the tourism potential of the region “since tourism relies heavily on aviation”.
On his part, the head of commercials at AWA, Mr Richard Chire, appealed to the populace to patronize the services of the airline to ensure sustainability. He indicated that the company is not only interested in making profit but to support government in making air transport accessible within Ghana and the outside world. “As the defacto home based carrier in Ghana, we are not only going to dry our cloths where there is sunshine, but again, we will continue to support government in creating air transport access in Ghana and beyond”. Mr Richard also appealed for airport extension hours in Tamale to enable AWA operate more flights to Tamale.

Although the 50 seater flight was fully booked ahead of the commencement, many are concerned about the sustainability of operations. Many believe the high patronage of the maiden flight is due to the promotional package which came with lower prices.
It will be recalled that Antrak Air made similar attempt to operate commercial flights in Wa but had to shut down due to low patronage.


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The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has announced to all NABCO beneficiaries in the Upper West Region and the general public that, His Excellency the President of the Republic will be launching the NABCO Talent Academy on the 17th of October, 2019.

This latest initiative according to the minister is meant to fulfill the training component of the NABCO scheme.

He explained that, “the NABCO Talent Academy is in two-folds: (1)the Virtual Classroom which comprises tailor- made courses run by the Kofi Annan International Center of Excellence and (2) the Physical Classroom involving the use of top quality resource persons”.

He therefore urged the beneficiaries to take the training aspect seriously as certificates will be awarded to enhance their capacity as they march towards permanent employment in the world of work.

The minister was addressing a gathering at the First Anniversary celebration of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) at the NAA SIDIKI BOMI PARK in Wa.Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, Upper West Regional Minister

Touting the contribution of the Nation Builders’ Corps initiative to the region, Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih said “NABCO personnel have been trained on the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) modalities including the use of the electronic tracking system to monitor the sale of fertilizers for the 2019 farming season.” He said about 180 NABCO trainees were assigned to the PFJ sales outlets to help reduce the incidence of fertilizer smuggling to the barest minimum.

Permanent jobs for Trainees

Dr Hafiz Bin Salih also stated that, a substantial number of trainees through the NABCO programme have gotten permanent jobs. These include 54 Feed Ghana trainees absorbed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), 50 trainee nurses absorbed by the Ghana Health Service with ten other trainees given appointment letters to work as supporting staff.

Others are 30 trainees who joined the Ghana Education Service as permanent teachers upon the introduction of the Double Track System, and eight others who got jobs in the recent recruitment into the Local Government Service. This and many other opportunities are available for the NABCO trainees, the minister said.

Hon Hafiz Bin Salih also announced that more personnel are expected to be posted to the Upper West Region.  “I made separate appeals through the Regional Coordinator to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Anyars when he paid a courtesy call on me in June this year to increase the number of trainees posted in the region. I am happy to say that about 600 more trainees will be added to the number of trainees posted in the region this October. He concluded, while urging all stakeholders to work collectively to ensure the objectives of the programme are met.

NABCO Coordinator

The Upper West Regional Coordinator of NABCO, Mr. Umar Nuhu, also highlighted the core values of NABCO as Knowledge, Punctuality and Integrity, and stressed that these values should be held in high esteem.Umar Nuhu, NABCO Coordinator – UW/R

In his address, Mr. Umar cautioned beneficiaries against indulging in illegal activities as the Secretariat will not condone any unruly behavior. The NABCO Coordinator disclosed that two trainees were dismissed “for forgery and impersonation as they falsified the signature and official stamp of one of our Module Implementing Partners (MIP) to facilitate payment of their monthly stipends”.

He further said “there is so much misinterpretation of information out there even among our own trainees all because we are not willing to seek information from the appropriate sources. Even our acronym is often mispronounced as NACOB instead of NABCO”.

The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme is a government initiative launched in October 2018 by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with the intention of addressing graduate unemployment to solve social problems. The focus of the initiative is to support public service delivery in health, education, agriculture, technology and governance, and to drive revenue mobilization and collection.