The indiscriminate cutting down of trees in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region especially rosewood has gotten to its head after the loggers cut down the biggest ‘Tree god’ in the town triggering the fury of traditional authorities.
The youth of Gonjaland are kicking against the ‘removal’ of Kpandai District from proposed Savannah Region.
According to them, the move is a “calculated attempts by some individuals” to exclude “Kpandai District from the proposed Savannah Region without the necessary consultations”.
“The Gonjaland Youth Association and entire youth from the proposed Savanah Region has observed that, there are some calculated attempts by some individuals to deliberately use their political positions to create mischief aimed at denying the Petitioner (Yagbonwura) his right which is being exercised under the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana” a press statement had said.
The President of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Borisa , has urged the Commission of Enquiry into the creation of new regions to tread cautiously and take cognisance of the region’s ethnic diversity to ensure that the act of creating new regions do not lead to the loss of lands and other properties of the chiefs and people of the region.
He said though the demand for the creation of the new regions would bring governance closer to the people and accelerate development, there have been concerns expressed by some traditional areas which bordered on chieftaincy and land ownership which needed to be taken into consideration.
Two people have died in clashes between Gonjas and Tampulmas in the Northern Region.
The unfortunate incident happened at Dissah, a community in the North Gonja District.
The police said they arrested the son of the Wasipewura and transported him to Tamale, the regional capital, for further investigations.
The deceased have been identified as John Bikari, 45, who was hit by a bullet, as well as a 91-year old woman, Damah Kara, who was burnt in her house.
A man has met his untimely death following a bizarre accident involving him and a vehicle belonging to the Damongo constituency office of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) last weekend.
According to a MyNewsGH report, the vehicle, a Renault pick-up which was donated to the constituency by Deputy of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor caught fire on the road with the party's chairman, Aboagye Kwame on board.
Aboagye was returning from a meeting at the party's regional secretariat in Tamale but upon reaching between Ntereso and Damongo Junction, the vehicle caught fire and burst into flames.
Traditional rulers from Gonja and Tampulima communities in the North Gonja District, have promised to ceasefire in the age-long recurring chieftaincy conflict in the Wasipe traditional area.
They were summoned by the Northern Regional Security Council [REGSEC], following renewed clashes which resulted in the death of two persons.
At a meeting with the REGSEC on Thursday January 18, 2018, the traditional leaders condemned the incident and pledged their commitment to broker peace.
Chairman of the REGSEC, Salifu Saeed, said the two factions were asked to create a joint peace committee and submit a road-map to the Council within two weeks.
Two persons have been confirmed dead following a shooting spree in the Saleligu and Diya communities in the North Gonja district of the Northern Region.
Scores of houses have also been burned down completely in a reprisal within the two communities on Sunday.
The deceased, John Bukari, 45, and Dima Kara, 90, were found in Saleligu and Diya respectively by police officers from Daboya, the North Gonja district capital who were dispatched there after they received a report of violence in the two communities.
Whilst the body of John Bukari was found with gunshot wounds, that of Dima Kara was found burnt in one of the houses that were razed down.