A Civil Society Organisation, Dagbon Forum (DF) has been launched in the Northern regional Tamale with a call on the people of Dagbon to unite in the interest of peace and development.
The organization which has branches across all districts in the Dagbon Traditional Area and other parts of the country is aimed at galvanizing support for the growth and development of the area.
The launch of DF, which was held at the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports stadium on Tuesday December 26, 2017, brought together chiefs, traditional leaders, politicians, and people from academia and the corporate world.
The event was under the theme; Peace, Unity and Economic Development.
A founding member of DF, Sintaro Mahama explained that the organization aims at collaborating with the chiefs and opinion leaders to reconcile the people and bring back the lost glory to the Dagbon kingdom.
Speaking at the event, the Northern regional Minister, Salifu Saeed commended members of the group for such a brilliant initiative and urged them to remain resolute even in the face of daunting challenges which may confronted them.
He urged the chiefs of Dagbon to give their unflinching support to the group to enable it chart a new course for the area.
Dagbon has been saddled with the age old Abudu and Andani chieftaincy stalemate which has remained unresolved since 2002.
Several attempts by the Otumfuor Osei Tutu led Committee of Eminent Chiefs to find a lasting solution to the problem have been unsuccessful.
As a result, many people have welcomed the idea of the formation of DF which is a non-partisan organization and unaligned to any chieftaincy faction.
Some of the participants who spoke to radiotamale.com expressed confidence in the group’s ability to bring Dagbon back on track.
“With the caliber of people behind the formation of this group, some of whom are lecturers, experts and businessmen, I have no doubt they can turn things around for us,” one of them said.
Minority Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu who was also at the event, cautioned the leadership of the group to live above political and chieftaincy factions and put the interest of Dagbon above partisan and chieftaincy interests.
“To the Dagbon Forum and its leadership, you must emerge as the intelligentsia and the intellectual wing of the Dagbon society and your advice must lead with unimpeachable accuracy on tradition, on values [and] on purpose without fear of the political elite, including me and without fear of the [chieftaincy] divisions,” he advised.
Traditional leaders who graced the occasion include the Chief of Saganarigu, Ambassador Naa Yakubu Abdulai, chief of Banvim (Banvim lana) Naa Abdulai Mahama, chief of Bogu (Bo-Naa), Professor Samuel Yakubu Nantogmah who doubles as a Member of Council of State and the regent of Tolon Retired Major Sulemana Abubakari among others.
Other dignitaries present were Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Yendi, Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani and some District Chief Executives.
The event also saw interim executives of DF being inducted into office.
Dr Sulemana Abdulai Mubson was elected interim National President with Mr Sintaro Iddris Mahama as vice president.
The rest were Mr Ahmed Taufique Chentiba, Secretary; Hajia Azara Haroun, National Women Organiser; Madam Fatima Abu Iddrisu, National Treasurer and Ahmed Abdul Razak, National Organiser.
By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com