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The Municipal Chief Executive of Sagnarigu, Hon. Iddrisu Mariam today presented 40 furniture to Our Lady of Fatima School to facilitate effective teaching and learning in the school.

Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, Member of Parliament for the Tempane Constituency in the Tempane District, has donated furniture and other logistics to primary schools in the district.

The government has issued a cheque for GH¢410,389.00 as compensation to the family of a former Headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO), Tamale, Mr Lionel Mahama (now deceased). The payment of the compensation is for the release of the school’s vehicles which were confiscated by a Tamale High Court in 2016, but family members say the money is yet to hit their account.

However, a family member, Madam Daina Awuni, said a picture of the cheque had been sent to her by the Northern Regional Education Directorate, but her account was yet to be credited with the amount.

A Tamale High Court, in 2016, confiscated a 63-seater bus and the official vehicle of the headmistress of GHANASCO after the Ghana Education Service (GES) failed to clear the salary arrears of Mr Mahama, now deceased, who was dismissed.

The late Mahama, who headed the school in 1997, dragged the GES to court, accusing it of abusing his right by wrongfully terminating his appointment and concealing his promotion letter.

‘Unjust treatment’

A High Court in Tamale, presided over by Mr Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, on April 25, 2013, ruled in favour of Mr Mahama and cited the defendants for ‘unjust treatment’. He subsequently ordered the full and immediate payment of all outstanding arrears to Mr Mahama, who was alive then.

However, years after the court order, authorities of the GES failed to comply with the ruling, infuriating the court to order the confiscation of the school’s vehicles in 2016.

The vehicles were impounded in November 2016, three years after the authorities failed to pay the debt after the court ruled on the case in April 2013.

The debt stood at GH¢200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Cedis) as of the time of the ruling but has now increased to GH¢400, 000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis).

Two Nissan Patrol vehicles belonging to the GES were also confiscated by the court.

The situation has affected both academic and administrative activities in the school because the management of the school often resorts to the renting of commercial vehicles for transportation, which costs the school huge sums of money.

The Daily Graphic sighted the cheque signed by the Northern Regional Education Director, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia.

Alhaji Cambodia confirmed issuing the cheque but declined further comments.


The compensation package was captured as judgement debt in the 2018 budget of the GES and expected to be paid by the end of March for the release of the vehicles to facilitate the smooth running of the school.

However, payment could not be made at the end of March.

The family of the late Mahama last month threatened to auction the vehicles if the compensation was not paid and this was followed with the issuance of the cheque for the payment.



Relatives of a 15-year-old form two pupil of the Tishegu Anglican Junior High School in Tamale in the Northern region are demanding authorities of the school to take action against a teacher who allegedly defiled and impregnated the studentl and later gave her money to terminate the pregnancy.

The family is pushing for immediate sanctions against Kamal Ali, 26, the teacher posted to the school from the Bagabaga College of Education, who has allegedly admitted impregnating the girl and persuading her to abort.

The girl has allegedly suffered complications and currently undergoing treatment for heavy bleeding after the abortion – paid for by the teacher – nearly failed.

The University for Development Studies (UDS) has held a special congregation in commemoration of its 25 Anniversary held at the Tamale City campus, Dungu.

In all, 269 persons, including six PhD graduates, received certificates for meeting the University’s academic requirements.

An Honorary Doctorate Degree was conferred on a former President of Cape Verde, Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, who was a Guest Speaker for the UDS 6th African Leaders Lecture series that lasted for three days.

The Minister for Business Development, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, reading a speech on behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, commended the UDS for producing graduates whose services are essential in nation building.

He urged the UDS management to critically examine its curriculum and introduce more development-oriented courses required for transforming human capital.

He reiterated government’s commitment to addressing the myriad of challenges at UDS with emphasis on the infrastructural deficit.

He encouraged the graduands to be truthful and remain patriotic nation -builders.

He said education remained his administration’s topmost priority and thus, promised to commit enough resources into that sector.

The UDS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gabriele Ayum Teye bemoaned what he described as inadequate funding for public universities.

According to him, Vice Chancellors of the nation’s public universities have been traumatized by the situation in their institutions.

He thereby advocated Public- Private-Partnership as the best means of funding public universities.

Professor Ayum Teye urged the graduands to serve as Ambassadors of change in their localities.

He showed appreciation for the immense contributions of development partners and other sponsors to the university’s programmes over the years.


The family of late Lionel Mahama, a former headmaster of the Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) in Tamale, who won a court case against the school and Education service for wrongful demotion and freeze of salary, is ready to auction the confiscated assets of the school after failure by authorities, including government to pay a judgment debt awarded by the court.

Diana Awuni, daughter of the late headmaster told Starr News the family had finally secured a clearance document from the court and that a Kumasi-based auctioneer would arrive in Tamale in a fortnight to begin the process to liquidate the vehicles. The only bus of the school, an official Pick up vehicle, and two Nissan patrol cars belonging to the education service have been left rotting in the courtyard for two years now since its confiscation in 2016, after the school failed to pay up salary arrears of the late tutor.

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