MP FOR JIRAPA LAUNCHES FUND FOR AGRICULTURE*

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The Member of Parliament for the Jirapa Constituency of the Upper West Region, Dr Francis Dakura Bawaana, on Sunday, 18th August, 2019 launched a new policy dubbed “Jirapa Enterprise Fund for Agriculture” (JEFFA).

The Member of Parliament explained that the policy seeks to among other things, empower youth and women to venture into agriculture and agribusiness in an attempt to reduce the increasing rate of unemployment in the Jirapa Municipality.

Explaining the intent of the policy which was launched with a seed capital of one hundred thousand cedis (GH¢100,000.00), the philanthropic Member of Parliament mentioned that the youth and women will be supported to get credit/loan facilities, farm inputs, technical support and transport services to enable them create jobs for themselves through agriculture and its related businesses.

The program, according to the legislator, will be managed independently by Board of Directors and Zonal Coordinators constituted by the people themselves. This is to ensure transparency, better supervision, inclusiveness and bringing the program to the doorsteps of the people.

Dr. Bawaana reiterated his commitment to creating jobs in the Jirapa Constituency to improve and transform lives for development. He however admonished the people not to politicise the JEFFA program since it is a non partisan approach of propelling sustainable development in the Municipality.

Nine tricycles were distributed to the nine zones in the Jirapa Municipality. The tricycles are supposed to be used to assist the transport of farm inputs and products and also to help the zones make some small savings to help finance their activities.

Hon Francis Dakura later commissioned an office which will serve as a Secretariat for the program.

Speaking to some of the beneficiaries, they were very excited that they are being supported by their Member of Parliament to create jobs. “This is the first time of getting such support and I am happy that it is a reality. If we work very hard with this level of support, we can eradicate poverty in our area” a beneficiary indicated.

The euphoria at the program launch gave a signal that the policy is being endorsed by the youth, women and opinion leaders across the political divide in the constituency.

YOUTH OF JIRAPA DEMAND A RADIO STATION

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The secretary of the Jirapa Municipal Youth Association, Mr. Gerald Kansoh, has bemoaned the lack of a radio station in the Municipality, describing the situation as worrisome.

Addressing the public in Jirapa during the launch of the Jirapa Enterprise Fund for Agriculture by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr. Kansoh appealed to the MP, Dr Francis Dakura Bawaana, and other stakeholders to help in ensuring that the Municipality has a radio station. This, he said, will enhance effective and timely dissemination of information to the people which will go a long way to improving the development of the area.

The Youth Secretary however was appreciative of the agricultural intervention policy instituted by the Member of Parliament and urged all to take advantage of the policy to propel growth and development in the Municipality.

The new policy initiated and launched by the Member of Parliament, Dr. Francis Bawaana, seeks to among other things, empower the youth and women in agriculture and the agriculture value chain so as to ameliorate the increasing rate of unemployment in the Jirapa Municipality. The policy, with a seed capital of ¢GH 100,000.00, will provide beneficiaries with credit facilities, farming inputs and transport facilities like tricycles.

Responding to the demand by the youth, Hon Francis Dakura Bawaana disclosed that he had already started the process of getting a commercial radio for the Jirapa Municipality. He assured the youth that the process may delay but that he remains resolute to set up a commercial radio that will enhance the cultural, social and economic lives of the constituents and the entire Upper West Region.

Workers desert Wa Islamic hospital over Salah

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Health care providers at the Wa Islamic hospital has allegedly deserted the facility ahead of tomorrow’s Eid celebration. W93.5FM’s visit to the facility on Saturday 10th August, 2019 confirmed that, there was only one nurse at post.
The situation has left patients stranded, with some seeking alternative health care services from the regional hospital and even pharmacy shops. One of such patients is Mr. Ike, who claim he visited the facility at about 4:00pm same day but was verbally referred to the regional hospital with the excuse that; health workers at the facility were on “Salah break”. “I met only one nurse who asked me to rather go to the regional hospital because he could not give me any prescription”. Another stranded patient who spoke under anonymity bemoaned the recent “poor services” at the Islamic hospital. “I think the hospital is gradually dying, I was told by a nurse that they are not working because of the Salah”, she lamented.


Our checks further revealed that, there was only one patient on admission at the facility during the time of our visit. It is also alleged that patients on admission at the hospital were untimely discharged because of the impending Eid celebrations.

Our source indicates that normal services including “outpatient” services would be available after 12th August, 2019.
In a private telephone conversation, Upper West regional health director, Dr. Osei Kuffour Afreh admitted the hospital has some “service challenges” but said he could do little about the situation because the facility is not a government hospital. “Islamic hospital is not a government hospital and tomorrow is Salah, so what they decide to do I can’t force them to be there”.
The public is however concerned about the implications of the decision and wish management of the hospital could rescind the decision.

SUSPENSION ON NPP FORMER CHAIRMAN FOR WA WEST CONSTITUENCY, ALHAJI MAJOR, LIFTED

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The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Upper West Region has cleared its former Wa West constituency chairman, Alhaji Abdulai Seidu (Major), to partake in all Party’s activities after he was suspended in November, 2015.

A letter signed by the NPP’s Regional Chairman, S.B Kangbere, and addressed to the former constituency chairman stated that the Regional Executive Committee “are pleased to inform you that you are cleared to henceforth actively participate in all NPP activities as a member in good standing.”

The clearance was necessitated after the Party’s hierarchy in the region observed that Alhaji Major conducted himself well ever since he was suspended four years ago, the letter noted. The Regional Executive Committee through the July 28, 2019 letter also charged Chairman Major to “work with the current constituency executives and Party supporters to improve the electoral fortunes of the Party in 2020 and beyond in Wa West and Upper West as a whole”.


Suspension:

It will be recalled that Alhaji Abdulai Seidu (Major) was suspended on November 12, 2015 by the then Regional Executive Committee led by Alhaji Abubakari Short, following a complaint by one Adams Mahamood Mumuni. The complainant who was not a member of the party in the Wa West constituency had alleged that Chairman Major “mobilised, as well as led, some people from the region to demonstrate against the decision of both the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Council regarding the suspension of Mr Paul Afoko from his position as national chairman of the NPP”. The petitioner further argued that the alleged action of Alhaji Major was in breach of the Party’s constitution, thus disqualified him from being a member of good standing to occupy an office as the constituency chairman.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Abdulai Seidu in January 2018 wrote to the Party’s general secretary, John Boadu, seeking clarification on his status as a member of the NPP after the Party had announced roadmap for its constituency executives’ elections. In the letter, Mr. Seidu suggested that he was not fairly treated after the Disciplinary Committee and the Executive Committee of the Party in the region both failed to give a verdict after he sought for redress following the suspension.

The lifting of the suspension on the NPP stalwart in the Wa West constituency comes at a time the NPP are eager to wrestle power from the opposition National Democratic Congress who are occupying the seat since the creation of the constituency in 2004.

Rt. HON. ALBAN S.K BAGBIN RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS AWARD AT G.O.D., SWITZERLAND.

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The Member of Parliament for the Nadowli/Kaleo Constituency and Second Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin, on Friday 12th July, 2019, joined other award winning dignitories at the 7th Global Order of Dignitaries and Philanthropists (G.O.D) Awards in Geneva Switzerland. Dr Bagbin received the well deserved and unanimously conferred *Lifetime Achievement Award as Legislator of Africa*.

Dr. Bagbin shared the noble platform with other highly distinguished personalities across the globe such as H.R.H. Prince Mohammed BIN Fahad Bin Abdulaziz AL Saud of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei TUTU II, King of Ashanti, the 3rd President of Republic of Croatia HH.E.Ivo Josipovic, the Former President of Ecuador, H.E. Rosalia Arteaga, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed ALNEYAHAN, Top Fortune 500 Company CEOs, among others.

The citation for Dr Bagbin reads:
“Honorable Bagbin, you are no stranger in creating opportunities and helping
the forgotten and underprivileged. As the Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament
Of Ghana, your compassion and humility reverberates as the voice of those that are
weary and hopeful. You made sure the less fortunate children and youth were not
alone in their fight. There is no accolade in this world worthy of giving to such an altruistic person. Your tireless work that you have made thus far in Africa is an example that all humans must follow, for the sake of humanity and continuity.”
Shortly after the Nadowli/Kaleo legislator received the award his constituents could not hide their joy.
“Congratulations, Rt. Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin. We the constituents of Nadowli/Kaleo are very proud of you. You have always sent our humble constituency far. You have successfully built a great legacy for us to defend”, a constituency executive remarked.
The right Honourable 2nd deputy speaker has since returned to Ghana.

DR CAMYNTA BAEZIE TO SET UP ENTERPRISE FUND FOR NDC GRASSROOTS IN NADOWLI/KALEO CONSTITUENCY

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Aspiring parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Nadowli/Kaleo constituency, Dr. Camynta Baezie, has pledged to empower grassroot members of the NDC to be financially stable and sustainable if he becomes Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.
Addressing teeming supporters after submitting his nomination forms in Nadowli, Dr Baezie expressed dissatisfaction at how the grassroots who are the “real owners” of the party are suffering over the years. To this, he said “if we [NDC] come to power with me as MP, the suffering we are experiencing all this while will be over. We cannot continue to suffer like that. Just as some people are perceived to be enjoying, I will work to ensure that everyone in the party including the branch and polling stations members get their share of the joy”.
Dr Camynta Baezie, a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, further disclosed that he will roll out two programmes to aid the ordinary party people gain financial stability should he get the nod to represent the constituency in Parliament. He therefore called on delegates to choose him as the NDC’s parliamentary candidate for the 2020 general elections.
According to him, the grassroots will be energized through programmes he calls Branch-level Enterprise Development and Branch-level Enterprise Fund Mobilization. These programmes when implemented will enhance business development, education and agriculture among party members in the constituency, he said.
Explaining the rationale behind the programmes, the former boss at the State Enterprises Commission (SEC) noted that “the branches are going to become business units in themselves where they can establish their own enterprises and work for themselves. So they are not waiting for handouts from party bigwigs or from anybody. They are going to have a self sustainable enterprise development where they create their own economic activities, job activities that they will employ local level personnel.


Dr Baezie also pledged to implement these programmes in his first term in parliament when given the nod. Leveraging on his experience in managing state-owned enterprises in the past and in consultation with other MPs and experts, he declared that “we are going to use less than one term to start implementing some of these things. We don’t even need two years. As soon as the whistle is blown, we are in parliament, we are going to start the Branch-level Enterprise

UPPER WEST POORLY REPRESENTED IN 7TH PARLIAMENT – CDA BOSS

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Executive Director of the Community Development Alliance (CDA), Mr Issifu Kanton, has expressed worry over how the Upper West Region has been represented in Ghana’s parliament by the eleven Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Upper West region.
In his view all the parliamentarians from both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have shown little in representing their constituents. “Upper West is severely under-represented. In fact, all our legislators didn’t show any clout. They didn’t represent us. They didn’t give us that feeling of representation” Mr Kanton opined, adding that “this current parliament, I don’t see the vibe from the eleven MPs from Upper West. They seem to have been lost in both NDC side and NPP side.”
Mr. issifu Kanton made these comments on W93.5fm’s Saturday evening socio-political talk show, Hot Spot, when he was responding to the decision of Dr. Alban S.K Bagbin not to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections after representing the Nadowli/Kaleo constituency in parliament since 1992.
Making a case for his opinion, Mr. Kanton said “by way of their contributions on the floor of parliament, their engagements in various things, I didn’t get the sense. Those days you hear [Dr. Benjamin] Kunbuor talk in parliament, you hear that one talk in parliament, you hear that one talk in parliament, and the ideas they articulated made you feel proud when you move to other regions.” He said the way MPs contribute in parliament have the ability to make government pay attention to their areas “than those mumu MPs who sit and do nothing”. He cited Hon Isaac Adong, MP for Bolgatanga Central, as making the people of the Upper East proud by his continues activism in the legislative house even if he brings nothing to the region.
“Parliament is not a place for action. It’s an avenue where people ventilate ideas that will build our nation. Parliament is built on the principle of idealism, [and] not materialism. The ideas underpin the substance of the tangibility.” The CDA boss stated, advancing that “my honest view is that most of them [the MPs] were going to be replaced and we get fresh blood, people with ideas that will revitalize and reinvigorate the whole atmosphere. Upper West needed to have some radical movements where people with fresh ideas, people that have that advocacy attitude, people that are able to communicate a certain debate that resonates as Upper West.”
Mr. Issifu Kanton called on the old MPs to give way for new people to represent the region. Particular mention was the Wa West and Wa Central constituencies currently represented by Hon Joseph Yelle Chireh and Dr. Hassan Rashid Pelpuo respectively. He said one needs to realize when their “energy level is dwindling. You may still have the experience, but nothing stops you [from] being at the backstage and using your experience to build up the young ones to give you a legacy.”

 

Re: GES FULL OF FAKE CERTIFICATES; LAZY TEACHERS

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GNAT Upper West has sighted a news item on upperwestmedia.net platform emanating from one Mr Bombason, who in the issue is alleging that Teachers in the Upper West Region have fake certificates and are lazy. For the record I want to state emphatically that this is a misinformation and a total misrepresentation of the status of teachers in the region.

2. The Upper West region is noted for its sincerity and hence such misrepresentation can only be considered uncharacteristic and slap from behind. GNAT Upper west wishes to call on all concern to disregard this disdained spews of subversion and a frustration of the effort of the hardworking teachers in the Upper west region.

3. It should be noted that the said personality who is referred to as a former circuit supervisor is not adept with facts and lacks the locus to speculate such words of indignation on the reputation of teachers in the Upper west region. Taking cues from his release he stated that “the same Lady wasn’t reporting to school for three months and had no lesson notes yet her headteacher shielded her, this compelled him to block the salary of the head teacher for not performing his duties”. This is a clear indication that he was ineffective and did not supervise his assigned circuit regularly for such truancy to occur under his umbrella.

4. To respond to his call for an audit of teachers’ certificates is a total madness on his part. We all recall that, Public workers, thus teachers of the Upper West inclusive were audited somewhere in September 2018 by the Audit service. Is Mr Bambason saying that the exercise was in futility and hence could not identify his so call “Fake Certificates” that the teachers presented for authentication? Or what at all is he insinuating?

5. Mr Bambason should come clear and present his evidential proof to his claim otherwise he immediately apologizes to the respected and dignified teachers of the upper West region. His statement has no time bearing. This is a serious allegation that dents the entire image of the teaching profession in the Upper West Region and thus deserves his immediate refrain and apology.

6. Teachers acquire their professional certificates from various training institutions. Most teachers are trained from the teacher training colleges across the country, others acquire their certificates from Universities and Polytechnics. Mr Bamboson should be educated that the modern educational system runs flexible programs that suits individual preferences. The regular, sandwich and distance programs are all available choices. We can guarantee that theses teachers might have acquired their certificate without his knowledge. He does not have the capacity to identify fake certificates because he is not National Accreditation Board to determine the authenticity of people certificates. Mr Bambason must be called back by upperwestmedia.net to come and clearly define his vague and unsubstantiated claim.

Signed
Kuule Ivon
Regional GNAT Chairman
Upper west region

HON AMEEN SALIFU SET TO CONTEST NDC PARLIAMENTARY PRIMARIES IN WA EAST

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Former Member of Parliament for the Wa East Constituency, Hon. Ameen Salifu has, yesterday July 11, 2019, picked a set of nomination forms to contest the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the constituency.

Addressing overwhelming crowd of delegates and supporters who accompanied him to pick the forms, Hon Ameen Salifu expressed gratitude to the constituency executives for receiving him and his supporters. And further indicated that he was happy that delegates came from every community in the Wa East including old party executives to throw their weight behind him as he picked the nomination forms.

He told the crowd that “Hon. Ameen Salifu is a fighter and not a quitter”. And declared that “I will support any winner in the upcoming primaries so as to ensure that the seat is taken from the messing NPP government.”

The one time legislator and former Chief Executive for the Wa East District Assembly stated that he has no freebies (as in cash) to offer delegates, but that, his track record as Member of Parliament and District Chief Executive is enough freebies for delegates to give him a chance to contest the seat so that he can continue with the good works that halted since he left Parliament.

Meanwhile the Constituency Secretary, Kuri Suglo entreated supporters of competing candidates in the upcoming primaries slated for August 24, 2019 to run clean campaigns devoid of insults so as to maintain a united front to enable them wrestle the seat from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 general elections.

The NDC earlier announced that picking of the nomination forms will cost GH¢ 2,000.00 while filing fees are pegged at GH¢ 25,000.00 for male contestants and GH¢ 12,500.00 for female contestants and persons living with disabilities.

On his part, campaign team member of Ameen Salifu, Mr. Sule Abubakari, also thanked the NDC executives in the area for their warm reception and advice. He however pleaded with them to provide a level playing ground for all contestants and to be very neutral in their dealings with all.

Mr. Ameen Salifu is contesting against Dr. Seidu Godfred Jasaw who picked his nomination forms a day earlier.

Unconfirmed sources say Dr. Seidu Danaa, former Minister for Chieftaincy and Cultural Affairs, who beat Ameen Salifu to lead the NDC into the 2016 parliamentary elections in the constituency has dropped his interest to contest the upcoming primaries and now supporting Hon. Ameen Salifu.

GMO Court Case: Supreme Court rules in favour of Food Sovereignty Ghana

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Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) appeared before the Supreme Court today in a case in which one of the defendants sought to challenge a High Court ruling on the court’s jurisdiction to hear a petition brought before it by FSG and three others.

In a decision which did not take long to conclude, the highest court of the land ruled that the Human Rights High Court did have proper jurisdiction that it applied in ruling on the case brought before it by the four plaintiff parties.

The Supreme Court empaneled by five distinguished legal luminaries also wondered why the plaintiffs had not sought to appeal the High Court’s decision which they disagreed with, rather than invoking the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

It would be recalled that in the last appearance before the Human Rights High Court on June 7, Her Ladyship Justice Gifty Agyei Addo ruled in favour of FSG, that the jurisdiction of the Court was properly invoked to seek the reliefs sought by the plaintiffs given that the tribunal of the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to which the defendants claimed should have been the proper body to hear such a case had not been properly constituted as required by law as of the time the case was first filed.

In his submission to the court, Counsel for the 1st , 3rd and 4th plaintiffs, George Tetteh Wayoe thanked the court for the decision and said the issue of introducing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) into Ghana’s food chain had serious implications on the human rights of Ghanaians and thus a competent court of jurisdiction as the court had identified in the High Court’s ruling deserved to hear the case.

FSG hails the Supreme Court ruling as a significant and important victory over the local and international GM lobby that has been eager to flout our laws to introduce Bt cowpeas and GM rice with little or no epidemiological studies investigating the potential effects of their consumption on human health.

For example, the Bt cowpea has not yet been commercialized anywhere in the world. This is the first time that human beings are being expected to consume them. In Ghana, cowpeas are found in staple foods like waakye, garri and beans, ripe plantain and beans (also known as “red red”), etc., hence its impact on the health of the population could be devastating if care is not taken.

For us, the case is clearly a case of human health versus corporate profit. Already, Monsanto’s GM maize, event MON810, which contains the same Cry1Ab gene, and has been approved for human and animal consumption in many countries, has been found to have toxic effects in human liver cells during in vitro experiments exposing the protein produced by MON810 which contains the Cry1Ab gene.

We are particularly pleased that the case was not referred to the so-called GMO Tribunal but in a high court, where we hope to receive unbiased attention and judgement. FSG looks forward to vigorously contest the legal obligations of the National Biosafety Authority in terms of risk assessments, socio-economic impact assessments, as well as public awareness and participation at each stage of the decision-making process leading to the authorization of the confined field trials, which are all standard biosafety practice enshrined in law.

We take this opportunity on such an important milestone to repeat our call to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to ensure that Ghana develops a mandatory labeling regime for any food or feed containing GMO based ingredients.

The case will continue in the Human Rights High Court on Thursday July 11th, as directed in the last sitting.

KOJOKPERI HEALTH CENTER DOWNGRADED TO CHPS.

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Kojokperi is a community in the Daffiama Bussie Issa district with a population of over two thousand (2000) who are largely farmers. The health center serves about five CHPS surrounding it as Jolliyiri chips, Jampimsi, etc.
It was the vision of the health center to grow bigger as others. But the story is different.

On the 8th of July, 2019, the member of Parliament for the Daffiama Bussie Issa constituency, Hon Sebastian N Sandaare paid a visit to now Kojokperi CHPS to ascertain progress of work on health issues in the facility. To his surprise, among the challenges mentioned by the staffs of the facility, included the degrading of the health center to a CHPS. It was shocking to hear this. He quickly moved to the district Director of Health Services of DBI for explanation.

What this means is that, the now Kojokperi CHIPS cannot take care of other surrounding CHIPS as it used to do. All these CHPS will have to refer their clients to Issa Health Center for further medical treatment.

On the other hand, essential drugs given to health centers for treatment will not be given to now Kojokperi CHPS.

Morally, the staff of the facility look down spirited, giving their accounts on this very matter coupled with other challenges they face as staff.

The questions running through our minds and the people of Kojokperi and it surrounding communities are that, where is the District Assembly? What briefing is given to the District Assembly concerning health issues? What is the DCE Hon. Eng. Imoro Nadi Sanda doing on this particular matter? Is the Assembly aware of this shocking news?

The challenges of the health center now CHIPS are shocking. The delivery bed at the maternity is not proper, no place to file folders, no means of transport, incentives for mid wife has been in delay, no sitting units for patients and many other challenges.

Health is wealth and the people of Kojokperi and it surrounding communities deserve better health care.

UW/R: PARENTS CHARGED TO BE RESPONSIBLE AS TEENAGE PREGNANCIES AND CHILD MARRIAGES CONTINUE TO RISE

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Parents and guardians have been charged to uphold their roles in ensuring that the incidence of teenage pregnancies and child marriages in the Upper West Region is reduced to the barest minimum.
Speaking at a youth-led advocacy meeting at the Wa Municipal Assembly hall, Programmes Officer at the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Nurideen Moomin, said the negligence of parents to take care of their children should be blamed for the increasing numbers of pregnancies among adolescent girls and teen marriages in the region. He disclosed that there are instances where parents force their children to marry a man against their will simply because they got pregnant for the man. He cautioned parents to desist from such acts as that only go to worsen the situation of the teenager.
Citing the Wa West District as an example, Mr. Moomin said parents are the reason available laws and bylaws are difficult to implement. He noted that bylaws on teenagers attending funerals in the district are not effective because parents take their adolescent children along with them to the funerals. “They set up bylaws to prevent the younger ones from going to funerals and especially spending days. After saying and agreeing to whatever, the individual decides what he or she wants. So the parent is going to the funeral asking the child to follow him or her to the funeral grounds. So who are you to prevent them?” The NCCE Officer lamented.
Mr. Moomin also disclosed that young boys in the Wa West District are using a charm called “forget” to lure teenage girls into sleeping with them. This he said is a special case and if not worked on, the menace of teenage pregnancy will continue to be on the ascendancy. The Programmes Officer at the NCCE therefore called on parents and guardians to watch over their children especially teenage girls closely. He said it is not enough to ensure the child is home, as she could be engaged in negative activities using the phone or other electronic materials.
On her part, Mary Agyare, a public health nurse at the Upper West Regional Health Directorate, cautioned teenagers against engaging in premarital activities and urged them to take good care of their bodies. Madam Mary noted that at the adolescent age, there is always a strong urge to engage in negative sexual activities out of curiosity especially when friends talk about them.
The Public Health Nurse cited drug abuse, alcohol, peer pressure among others as some of the factors causing unwanted pregnancies which lead to early marriages. She therefore advised adolescents to avoid alcohol, drug abuse and peer influence so that they do not engage in premature sex which will ruin their lives. She further encouraged the youth to avoid unprotected sex to prevent themselves from contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and also to embrace the use of contraceptives when they are unable to abstain from sexual activities.
The nurse who spoke on Adolescent Reproductive Health, told parents to become friends with their children. She opined that if the child sees the parent as a friend, “what ever that goes on in their life they will tell you.” She continued that “they will not be curious to go and try sex without you even being aware of it. No matter how close they go to their peers, they will still come back and confide in you”.
Madam Mary Agyare also called for economic empowerment for women since that will go a long way to curbing the menace of teenage pregnancies and child marriages in the region. She said researches indicate that “when women are empowered and they are working, it ends the cycle of poverty [and] ends child marriages.” The nurse lauded the role of NGOs in the Upper West region towards women empowerment, and called on all stakeholders to contribute their quota towards empowering women. Madam Mary was also of the opinion that the Free SHS policy introduced by government is also a positive initiative in the fight against teenage pregnancies and child marriages. She said where the girl child is able to continue her education after the Junior High School level she will by all means become of age by the time she completed Senior High School.
The forum organized by the National Youth Authority – Upper West, and Plan International Ghana intended to educate the public especially the youth on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Child Marriage. Participants at the forum included Junior High and Senior High school children, youth groups, queen mothers, and the media.

Concern Citizens of Upper West to demonstrate over alleged shoddy works at new hospital site

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Concern Citizens, a pressure group in the upper West region has threatened to embark on a massive demonstration over alleged shoddy works at the new regional hospital site. The threat follows shocking revelations from some former employees at the new regional hospital construction site. According to an informant who spoke exclusively to “Tiyiriyela” on W93.5FM, contractors at the site are engaged in shoddy works just to meet deadlines. He cited leaking roofs at the designated operation theatre, maternity ward, and medical director’s office among others as some of the sloppy works at the site. “Most of the roofs are leaking so anytime it’s raining we are made to put mini buckets inside the ceiling to collect the rain water” he alleged. He further alleged that the situation has compelled the contractors to cast concrete on top of parts of the roofing sheets and in some instances coal tar is used to patch the roof. These allegations were seconded by another employee at the site who spoke on record but under anonymity. It is further alleged that some gutters were constructed without iron rods contrary to the standard practice, also some air-conditioners that were fixed hastily during a visit by then President John Dramani Mahama were immediately replaced with inferior ones after he left.

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According to a labourer at the site, the situation is so bad that he has no choice but to speak at the expense of his job. He warned that, the situation if not reversed could make the edifice a white elephant.
Responding to these allegations on W93.5fm, co-convener for Concern Citizens of Upper West Region, Mr. Issahaku Suleman, expressed shock and utmost disgust over the allegations. Mr Suleman also recounted a similar situation he witnessed during a recent visit to the site. “The last time I visited the site, I witnessed a painter covering up similar shoddy works with waterproof paint”.
Mr Suleman who spoke on behalf of the concern citizens of Upper West Region made a passionate appeal to the Upper West Regional minister to as a matter of urgency ensure that the anomalies are rectified, failure could result in a massive demonstration by concern citizens and other pressure groups in the region and beyond. He also appealed to the political leadership of the region to take interest in the development of the region.
W93.5fm will monitor the situation and update the public accordingly.

Noor Islam defrauds residents of Dorimon

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An Islamic non-governmental organization in the Upper West Region, Noor Islam, has allegedly defrauded residents of Dorimon and Pase to the tune of GH¢ 20,000.00
Some of the victims who spoke exclusively to W93.5FM, alleged that officials from Noor Islam approached the community in 2014 with a proposal to drill boreholes for individual households. Interested persons were asked to make a cash deposit of GH¢1000.00 to benefit from the initiative. In all, Nine(9) persons are reported to have made payments to the organization’ s office in Wa.

Almost two years down the line, there has not been any effort by Noor Islam to fulfil their part of the bargain and all attempts to contact the office has proved futile.

A victim who identified himself as Angnoba said he paid the money because he is a Muslim and thus reckoned that an Islamic organization like Noor Islam was genuine. “It is therefore heart breaking to find out that I have been duped in the name of Islam” , he lamented.
Another victim by name Kofi blamed the “unwarranted media hype” enjoyed by Noor Islam as the reason he fell victim to the scam. “I have heard so much about these people on radio, about helping orphans and needy people so I didn’t hesitate to pay the money especially after finding out that a daughter from our community was an employee”, he painfully recounted.

Aside the victims of the borehole drilling scam, another group of residents accused the Islamic humanitarian organization of extorting their monies to the sum of GH¢8,125.00 under the pretext of sending 65 children outside the country for Islamic/Arabic education. The purported beneficiaries included orphans and children from deprived communities within the Dorimon traditional area. The Father of one of the children said an announcement at the Dorimon central mosque about the alleged opportunity , coupled with encouragement from the Chief Imam convinced him to enroll his son at a registration cost of GH¢125. A total of of 65 children had each paid the stated amount of money. ”Regrettably, This never saw the light of day; neither were our monies refunded nor any explanation given.”
To add fuel to the already burning fire was an all-women “susu” group who equally accused Noor Islam of swindling them to the aggregate tune of GH¢2090.00. According to the group, they were approached by one Mr Alhassan Iddris(who identified himself as the CEO of Noor Islam) in the company of a daughter from the community(then an employee of Mr Iddris) who persuaded them to pay GH¢110.00 each as membership registration and dues. As members, they were promised mouthwatering monthly packages from Noor Islam. However, Mr. Iddris has since disappeared after collecting monies from contributors and all efforts to reach him personally or on phone have proven futile.
Efforts by W93.5FM to reach officials of Noor Islam equally yielded no results. Checks at the Upper West regional library where the organization is said to be operating from have revealed that they vacated the premises almost a year ago. We were also directed to the Jamiat office in Wa but got no meaningful information from there. Several phone calls and an email to the numbers and address indicated on the receipt book have so far received no reply.

W93.5FM will follow up on this issue to ensure that the perpetrators are appropriately dealt with in accordance with the law, and the victims accordingly restituted.

G.M.O Court Case: Court Rules In Favour Of Food Sovereignty Ghana

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The Accra Human Rights Court has thrown out an objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try the case involving the authorisation of confined field trials of the first GM crops in Ghana, ruling in favour of Food sovereignty Ghana.

This is the second victory in a row. It would be recalled that the defendants, after failing to throw out the case in the Appeals Court on the grounds that the ruling on the interlocutory injunction against the intended realise of BT Cowpea and GM Rice until the final determination of the suit, arguing that the court ruling had determined the entire case.

This time, the defendants had raised issues dealing with the jurisdiction of the High Court to deliberate on the case, Food Sovereignty Ghana & 3 others Vs National Biosafety Committee & 4 others, against the commercialisation of genetically modified crops (GM crops) in Ghana. They cited Section 26 of the Biosafety Act 831 which establishes a tribunal for resolving issues relating to bio-engineering and technology.

In her ruling the judge upheld the right of FSG to seek appropriate redress from the Human Rights Court, insisting that the Food sovereignty Ghana’s suit is not pre-mature as the jurisdiction of the court has been properly invoked.

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FLOODING IN NADOWLI TOWN AFTER HEAVY DOWNPOUR

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The people of Nadowli yesterday, 15th May, 2019 witnessed a dreadful flood after a heavy downpour. The rain started at about 4:30pm and ended at about 5:40pm. The over an hour cats and dogs rain, left many residents of Nadowli, the District Capital of the Nadowli/Kaleo District terrified.

Areas around the Nadowli District Hospital were badly affected as water had risen to waist level. Some people did not have it easy going into their houses or coming out.

A small dam along the Nadowli-Wa road overflown it’s banks and had taken over houses around the area for hours before the water levels went down.

Another area that was heavily flooded was Nawuli specifically around Ivy Maria, a popular Guest House and drinking spot. The flood had engulfed the houses and stores around the area, leaving many residents in fear. Checks reveals that no live was lost.

Surprisingly, the big gutters that were choked barricaded free movement of the water. This forced the water to piled up and ended up flooding the streets as well, particularly, along the main junction.

Looking at the nature of the flood that occurred, it would have been catastrophic if the rain had continued beyond the time it stopped.

Residents of Nadowli and the District Assembly must begin to think of ways of preventing any future occurrences because every indication shows that if care is not taken, the town could record a dangerous flood especially that we are going into an era of regular and heavy rains.

Many houses are also spotted along water ways particularly around the main dam and along the hospital area. Checks are yet to be done whether the town and country planning department of the Nadowli/Kaleo District Assembly sanctioned the building of houses in those areas.

 

Further checks this morning reveals that the water is gone and many affected households are at ease now.

Mother is not a mere Creature to joke with – Hon. ASK Bagbin

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Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, Hon. ASK Bagbin, celebrates this year’s Mothers Day at Naro, a village under the Nadowli-Kaleo District in the Upper West Region.

The event took place on 12th May, 2019 and the Hon. Bagbin together with some top NDC Executives of the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, observes the day with the theme; ‘MaSung’, which means Good mother.

The ceremony was also attended by some white foreign Executives, from the Netherlands.

This year’s edition is the third of its kind, as it’s been celebrated since establishment in 2016, and was not been able to be celebrated last year, 2018.

This years celebrations came with much honours put together by Hon. ASK Bagbin with support from a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as ‘NobleCare Foundation’ and others.

 

Madam Signaa Serah, C.E.O of Noble Care Foundation and a beneficiary of the award scheme, who first opened a word before the MP, therefore ceased the opportunity, and highly commend Hon. MP for the good initiative engineered in order to put up smiles on the faces of the good women of the Nadowli-Kaleo District which come to play each year during this time.

She further cautioned her fellow women to be conscious of provocative utterances to their children. “Mothers’ tongues are very powerful, your tongue can either be a blessing or a curse upon your child. So, don’t insult and provoke your Children whenever they erred.”

Addressing the gathering, the 2nd Deputy Speaker of Parliament (MP), Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, first acknowledged the unprecedented roles women play in the society.

He said that “if anyone points his/her left finger towards his/her mother, then he/she doesn’t know where he/she comes from”, which means that, mothers are so essential and needed to be treated with tender love and absolute dignity.

“Mother is not just a mere creature; she is the most essential among all in the society” Hon. Bagbin appraised.

He however, condemned the illicit habit cultivated by some men, beating their wives, to put a stop to it.

He added that, women have a natural stage called ‘menopause’, which makes them get quickly irritated. “When in that state, some people accused them of witch craft”.

Hon. Bagbin therefore charge the congregation, to halt downgrading women in the society, as what all this day, ‘mothers day’ stands for.

Hon. Bagbin therefore, awarded ten (10) outstanding women from different communities within the District, who have worked tirelessly for both motherly survival and service towards the general development of the Nadowli-Kaleo District at large.

The items presented to the awardees include pieces of cloth, foodstuffs, cooking oil, milk, plates etc together with citations to each of the awardees.

Likewise, the former awardees who benefited from the award scheme, celebrated every year on mothers day, also gave a present to the lawmaker, with a local costume popularly known as ‘Dagakparoo’ (smock) in order to also signify their pleasure and satisfaction of performances, and humanity that he has demonstrated in the entire Nadowli-Kaleo District.

Hon. Bagbin, although being a politician, and his followers didn’t show any sign of partisanship or campaign, throughout the entire event.

W935fm’s DJ Galaxy, crowned Best Radio DJ at the 8th edition of Foklex Media Awards

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Ebenezer Bachor, popularly known as DJ Galaxy, has been crowned best Radio DJ of the year at the 8th edition of Foklex Media Awards that took place on Saturday April 13, at National theater, Accra.

DJ Galaxy is also known with the brand name *Village boy DJ mostly when live on W935fm.

‘The Village boy’ was nominated together with five other DJs from the Upper West region to battle for the crown.

For a period of five weeks voting, DJ Galaxy had the highest votes and was adjudged the best radio DJ who has indeed worked very hard this year and deserved the crown.

The event was live on Angel TV and DJ Galaxy who was present at the event received the award.

DJ Galaxy kicked off his career with private radio station W935fm in …. and has risen up the ranks at such a fast pace. He is also the official DJ for Streetwise Entertainment, a music record label in the Upper West region.

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Hon Sebastian Sandaare Addresses Party Executives in Issa and Kojokperi

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The Daffiama-Bussie- Issa member of Parliament, Hon Sebastian Sandaare yesterday, 14th May, 2019 visited party supporters in Issa and Kojokperi zones. The visit was a continua toon of his engagements with party supporters in the constituency over the gruesome murder of the constituency Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Mr. Richard Puolabong.
The Member of Parliament earlier this week visited Daffiama, Bussie and Fian zone.

He appealed to party supporters who are overly devastated and shocked over the infamous incident, to keep calm as investigation is being done by the appropriate authority to possibly arrest the perpetrators of that heinous act.

The Member of Parliament lamented over the increasing levels of insecurity in the country and admonished the NDC supporters and all constituents to take very good care of themselves. He mentioned ” we all have been hearing and reading about the insecurity in this country, we have heard of murder cases but I least expected that such issues of murder would ever happen in this constituency. You must be careful of your own security.”

The Daffiama-Bussie-Issa member of Parliament again urged the party supporters not to be discouraged from working assiduously for the NDC in the constituency and that the only way the soul of Chairman Puolobong would rest well is when party executives and supporters finish what he (Chairman) left unfinished, which was to ensure that the NDC wins the 2020 elections in the constituency.

He reiterated his commitment to giving a very befitting burial to the late chairman.

Other dignitaries who were at the function: the former District Chief Executive, Hon Fedelis Zumapkee, Constituency Secretary, James Wor, the Vice Constituency Chairman, Muoh Samba and many other constituency executives all urged members to remain calm and use the opportunity to amend any differences to build a solid team for victory.

Updates on the funeral arrangement was also communicated to the party executives and supporters.

Party members assured the Member of Parliament and the Constituency Executives of their unalloyed support in this trying times and indicated that they would continue to pray for the perpetrators to be exposed.

BACKGROUND

On Wednesday 8th May, 2019, around 9:35 to 10:00pm, the entire Upper West Region, particularly the people of Daffiama-Bussie-Issa were shocked over the news of the murder of Chairman Richard Bayiviele Puolabong.

The late Chairman was returning from a funeral in his constituency with some other executives when some unknown assailants stopped his car and shot at him leading to his death around a village called Sagu, along the Wa-Hain road. The driver of the car also sustained some gun wounds. Three other persons who were in the car were not affected.

The police has since been investigating the matter while the body of the late chairman is deposited at the Wa Regional Hospital Mortuary. Funeral arrangement are still underway.

HON. SANDAARE, MP FOR DBI APPEALS TO CONSTITUENTS FOR CALM  OVER THE MURDER OF PARTY CHAIRMAN.

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The member of parliament for Daffiama-Bussie-Issa constituency, Hon Sebastian Sandaare was yesterday, 12th May, 2019 visiting some parts of the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa constituency, calming down nerves of party executives and supporters that have been overly devasted over the gruesome murder of Mr. Richard Bayiviele Puolabong, popularly called “Chairman water water” who was the constituency chairman for National Democratic Congress in the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa constituency.

Interacting with the party supporters who massed up at the Daffiama area council, the member of parliament admonished all to exercise constraints as investigation is being conducted by the Ghana Police Service. He added ” I am ready to support the security agencies to conduct a vigorous investigation and to possibly arrest the perpetrators of this destardly act”.

Speaking while in tears, Hon Sandaare mentioned that the chairman was killed in his line of duty for the party and the entire NDC in the constituency is deeply devastated. “A great party leader is gone.” he lamented. He again encouraged members of the National Democratic Congress not to give up what they started with Chairman Water before his untimely death adding that the only way that the soul of the late chairman would rest is  when justice is delivered in this matter and when members continue to work to bring the NDC back to power because he left an unfinished business for the love of party, country and the people of Daffiama-Bussie-Issa.

Many of the supporters and party leaders around could not hold themselves in tears. Many were weeping in pain.

The former District Chief Executive, Hon Fedelis Zumakpee, Former Member of Parliament, Hon Mathias Puozaa, Hon Batholomy, and all the NDC Constituency Executives for Daffiama-Bussie-Issa were all present.

The team led by the Member of parliament also visited Bussie and Fian zones for similar purposes. Other zones to be visited by the Member of Parliament and his team are Issa and Kojokpere zones.

BACKGROUND

On Wednesday 8th May, 2019, around 9:35 to 10:00pm, the entire Upper West Region, particularly the people of Daffiama-Bussie-Issa were shocked over the news of the murder of Chairman Richard Bayiviele Puolabong.

 The late Chairman was returning from a funeral in his constituency with some other executives when some unknown assailants stopped his car and shot at him leading to his death around a village called Sagu, along the Wa-Hain road. The driver of the car also sustained some gun wounds. Three other persons who were in the car were not affected.

 The police has since been investigating the matter while the body of the late chairman is deposited at the Wa Regional Hospital Mortuary. Funeral arrangement are still under.