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Former President Jerry John Rawlings, has urged the overlord of Dagbon, Ya Naa Abubakari Mahama II, to use his authority to urge members of his kingdom and Ghanaians to exercise tolerance and avoid provocation in their campaign ahead of the 2020 elections.

“I can only hope and pray that we apply strategy, mobilization and organization instead of force and violence during the upcoming elections,” the former President said.

Flt Lt Rawlings made the comments when Ya Naa Abubakari Mahama paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra on Friday.

The King of Dagbon, Yaa Na Abukari Mahama II, Thursday visited the Jubilee House for a historic courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

This is the first time a sitting Yaa Na has paid a call on a sitting President at the seat of government.

His visit was to formally introduce himself to the President Akufo-Addo and to thank him for securing peace in Dagbon.

A youth group calling itself the Vagla Youth Association in Bole is appealing to the Inspector General of Police and the Savannah Regional Security Council to beef up security in the Bole Township.

The group alleges that the township is no longer safe as it has recorded a number of criminal activities leading to the death of three people in the last two months.

Richard Forgor, the spokesperson for the Association, called for an extensive investigation into the happenings in the area and also appealed for the number of security personnel assigned to the town increased.

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”.

source: ghanaweb.com

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.

The Karaga District in the Northern Region is set to benefit from an artificial turf from the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) Foundation.

This, according to a deputy Minister of Energy and parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party fin Karaga, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam Anta, is part of his ambition to give Karaga it’s share of the national cake.

He spoke at the sod-cutting ceremony of the project in Karaga.

Dr Aminu said when the project, when complete, will boost football in the constituency and other surrounding areas.

He expressed hope that the Karaga team would be promoted to division one.

The project is solely sponsored by GNPC foundation but Dr Amin promised to provide seats by the turf.

The contractor of the project, Eddy Donkor, appealed for cooperation from the community and promised to complete the project in four months.

Dr Amin Anta also used the occasion to appeal passionately to the people in the area to be peaceful and love one another.

He said without peace there could not be any meaningful development.

The Minister also promised to construct a community centre for the constituency, a children’s ward in the Karaga district hospital and also to help about 6000 women in the area with microfinancing so as to help boost the living standards of the women.

On education, Dr Amin Anta promise to establish before elections Anta Educational Fund with a seed capital of GHs100,000 to help in the payment of fees of students qualifying to enter the University.

He also pledged to give every teacher in the Karaga district one laptop. He said he would by March this year start with the first one hundred teachers and if he becomes the MP, every teacher for a laptop.

Dr Amin Anta further promised the people of Karaga with an FM station.

The regent of Karaga appealed to the contractor to consider picking the youth from the area in the construction process as many of them are employed.

The regent praised the NPP government for the developments of his area saying it was the NPP government that gave Karaga a district and a constituency.

source: citinewsroom.com

Some incensed youth of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Tamale Central constituency of the Northern Region have grounded the constituency chairman’s vehicle.

According to the aggrieved youth, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim has failed to fulfill his promise of finding them jobs as he assured ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The youth groups made up of ward executives have deflated the tyres of the pickup of the Ford vehicle and have kept it.

Spokesperson of the group, Shira Majeed, in an interview with journalists stated that that they were promised by the executive that if they worked hard to bring the party to power their efforts will be rewarded with good jobs.

But sadly, three years after President Akufo-Addo assumed power, they still remain jobless.

He said they decided to teach the executive a lesson because they abandoned them right after the election and are now visiting the area just because another election is eleven months away.

The Tamale Central NPP chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim in an interview confirmed that the young men had seized the car.

He disclosed that the constituency executives had planned to meet all youth groups in the area to respond to the allegation of they seizing contracts meant for them [youth] which was untrue.

Alhaji Mohammed said, at the meeting with the ‘Zogbleli’ group on Friday night to engage them to settle matters, tempers started flaring and he suddenly heard a loud noise.

Upon inquiry of what was happening, he was informed that the youth have started deflating his vehicle tyres. They also beat the constituency’s deputy Nasara Coordinator.

Alhaji Mohammed said, he kept his calm as the youth were angry.

The party Chairman said he will not seek legal redress because it’s a party matter and is hopeful the issue with be settled using the party structures.

source: ghanaweb.com

The Northern regional minister Salifu Sa-eed has denied claims by the dismissed Northern Development Authority that he ordered some individuals to pick the 400 tricycles from the yard of the authority.

According to him, the claim by Dr Alhaji Abdel-Majeed Haroun is false.

In a statement Monday, the minister said: “I wish to state categorically and unequivocally that, I did not direct anyone or group of persons or company to pick any item from the premises of the NDA yard in my name or the Northern Regional Coordinating Council. For the records, I was the same person who ensured the protection of said items upon my appointment until the appointment of the CEO of NDA.

“The said claim being purported by the letter of the former NDA boss and Kelvin Taylor’s report is false and a palpable lie. This is an attempt to soil my hard-earned reputation and hard work. If I was really behind the tricycles pick up, I would have written formally to the NDA, giving clear directions and the locations to deposit the items”.

The statement explained: “As head of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), there was the need for the CEO who had access to me to verify before allowing the so-called assignees of mine to pick those tricycles as claimed.

“I, therefore, join calls for the NDA to as a matter of urgency to open a full-scale investigation into the entire tricycles matter, dating back to 2016 in accordance with the laid down procedures and laws.

“I wish to also add that no one is above the law and as a law-abiding citizen, criminals irrespective of their political lineage, must be dealt with accordingly”.

source: ghanaweb.com