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Yaa-Na, Abubakari Mahama II, the King of Dagbon has said he is committed to supporting government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)in the fight to end girl child marriages in the Northern Region.

He said cultural practices that allowed child marriages were outdated and must be outlawed to give girls the opportunity to blossom to greater heights.

He urged all stakeholders and chiefs in the area to collectively support in raising community awareness among men, to show that it was unacceptable to marry out underage girls.

Yaa-Na pledged his commitment on Thursday during the launch of a Child Marriage Video Documentary in Yendi organised by Renel Ghana Foundation (RGF), a Non-Governmental Organisation focusing on health, education and rural development, in partnership with Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition and the Northern Network for Education.
The documentary, which formed part of the RGF's ‘Let's End Child Marriage Now Project”, sought to raise awareness on the effects and dangers of early child marriages in society.

The documentary is translated in seven local dialects including; Dagbani, Gurune (Frafra), Gonja, Wale, Twi, Ewe and Ga.

Yaa-Na Bukari, who chaired the event also declared his intentions to liaise with some development partners to set up a fund to support females interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programmes at the tertiary level, and called on well-meaning Ghanaians with the girl child at heart to support his plans to give them the opportunity to realize their goals.

Mr Nelson Richardson Mandela, the Executive Director of the RGF said the impact of the documentary was to echo the need for pragmatic steps to end child marriage and to increase advocacy against gender discrimination.

He said girls who married before the age of 18 were mostly deprived from accessing opportunities such as education and healthcare among others in society and often ended up into the cycle of poverty.

"According to the 2018, UNICEF global database, 21 percent of women aged 20 to 24 years were married before age 18. A breakthrough of the above reveals that 37,000 girls under the age of 18 are married each day; 23 girls get married every minute and a girl gets married every two seconds "he noted.

Mr Mandela said the RGF and its partners had come to collaborate with the stakeholders and people of Dagbon to develop pragmatic actions to end the child marriage canker and to mitigate its effects on survivors and victims.

Alhaji Hammed Abubakari Yussif, the Municipal Chief Executive for Yendi, commended the RGF and its partners for the sensitisation and gave the assurance of reaching out to rural populace on the effects of early girl child marriages and ensure enforcement of laws against it.

Source: GNA

Madam Heather Cameron, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana on Saturday paid a courtesy call on the Yaa-Na Mahama Abukari II at the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi to congratulate him on his enskinment as the King of Dagbon.

Ya-Na, Abubakari Mahama II, the Overlord of Dagbon has said he is committed to supporting government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)in the fight to end girl child marriages in the Northern Region.

Former Black Stars goalkeeper, Abubakari Damba is advocating for a national policy to be adopted by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to address the country’s penalty woes.

Almost all Ghana’s national teams, as well as clubs, have a deficiency when it comes to deciding matches via the penalty shootout. The male national team has lost finals of the Africa Cup of Nations because of penalties with many raising concerns that the players lack the technique to execute from 12 yards.

The recent failure of a national team last weekend when the Black Stars B team lost the final of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations to Senegal on penalties, missing out on winning a third successive title in the process.

Sharing his thought on the back of the defeat, Coach Abubakari Damba has noted that the football governing body should adopt a policy that will constituent penalty shootout into the local league to ensure players constantly practice and master the craft.

“It is up to the FA and the directorate to couch a policy and to accept this particular policy.

“For me it is up to us to discuss it and it is important we discuss it. The point, it’s a good point that when we make it a national issue that penalty shootout should be part and parcel of our league system”, Damba shared in an interview with Angel FM.

He added, “It can improve upon the penalty shootouts and it will make it compulsory that every coach and every team will gear themselves up and buckle their belts up when it comes to a penalty shootout.

“So more practice and more emphasis will be put on penalty shootouts”.


The Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale, will this year host the first edition of the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC), Ghana Fastest Human race on Saturday, April 27.

The event is expected to attract runners from the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions, to battle for places in the national event later in the year.

An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday.

Member of parliament, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini has commissioned a three unit class room block, a science laboratory and an office for the Jisonaayili M/A primary school in the Sagnarigu constituency.

This is the third school block commissioned by the Hon MP and second in less than two weeks.

the 2020 NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the Tamale Central Constituency paid a courtesy call on some Political, Traditional and Religious leaders in the Constituency.

The first call was to the Northern Regional Chairman of NPP, Chairman Samba at his residence. The next to recieve the NABCO CEO was Sheikh Shuaib Zakaria and Sheikh Shawqi of Nurul Islam in the Gumbihini North and South Electoral Areas.

Information reaching DGN Online indicates that the Deputy Energy Minister, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, has been elected as the Parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Karaga constituency.