Tamale, the capital city of the Northern Region, is feverishly getting ready to host the 62nd national Independence Day anniversary parade of the security agencies and schoolchildren.
The King of the Dagbon state, Yaa Naa Abukari II, has called for peace between Anufuls and the Konkombas in the Chereponi township in the North East Region.
His call comes after renewed clashes between the two ethnic groups, which have left three people dead, and left several others displaced after their homes were set ablaze.
In a closed-door meeting with the Paramount Chiefs of the Konkombas and Anufos, as well as the District Chief Executives of Saboba and Chereponi, Yaa Naa Abukari II, said the two communities can only develop when peace prevails.
In a statement from the Dagbon Traditional Council, Yaa Naa reminded the chiefs and the two District Chief Executives that education is the key to development and with “this uncalled for disturbances in the area all schools are temporarily closed down.”
“His Majesty The Yaa-Naa Abukari II, the King of Dagbon Traditional area
Yaa Naa “also called on the leadership of Konkomba and Anufo in the Country and elsewhere to assist the chiefs in the conflict area to nib the violence about to start in the bud. He called on the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and his government to take a close watch at the security situation in the area.”
The violence at Chereponi started last Friday when unknown assailants opened fire on Nawieku, a Chokosi community in the district, injuring one person.
The following day, 75 military personnel and 40 police officers were deployed to the area following reported reprisal attacks.
The reprisal attacks continued over the next few days as residents fled the area.
Citi News reports indicate that most villages within the district have been deserted.
Some students of the Chereponi Senior High School fled the school premises following clashes in the town.
Eight arrests have so far been made after the violence.
Police have also called on the leaders of both Anuful and Konkombas to talk to their people and call them to order.
Naa Alhassan Andani, chief of Pishigu, has set out to promote improved sanitation practices and access to quality basic education within his jurisdiction as part of efforts to foster development.
To this end, he has presented sanitation equipment including rakes and wheelbarrows to areas in the Pishigu Township in the Karaga District of the Northern Region.
He has also presented quantities of dual desks to Pishigu D/A Primary School for use by pupils, who currently sit on the bare floor for classes.
Naa Andani, who is also Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, presented the sanitation equipment and furniture to his subjects at Pishigu on Monday assuring them of continuing in his efforts to bring development to the area.
He spoke of the need to practise good sanitation urging residents to inculcate the habit of keeping their communities clean to avoid diseases.
Naa Andani also pledge to support the school with reading materials to help improve education in the area urging parents to support the education of their children to secure their future.
He also inspected ongoing work on the construction of a dam at Pishigu as part of government’s One-Village One-Dam project urging the contractor to adhere to best standards to ensure that the dam was of high quality to contain enough water to address the needs of the people.
He spoke about the lack of access to potable water at Pishigu expressing gratitude to the government for constructing the dam in the area saying it would go a long way to bring relief to the people in terms of access to water.
Mr Alhassan Yakubu, Assembly Member for Pishigu Electoral Area, commended the chief for his efforts to bring development to the area saying the sanitation equipment would be distributed amongst the various zones in the town to use to keep their communities clean.
Mr Zakaria Issah, Head-teacher of Pishigu D/A Primary School, expressed gratitude to the chief for coming to the aid of pupils of the school saying the furniture would help in improving teaching and learning at the school.
Madam Stephanie Sullivan, United States Ambassador to Ghana on Friday paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon Kingdom, Ya-Na Mahama Abukari (II) at the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi to congratulate him on his ascension to the skin.
The demand for accommodation has outstripped supply in the Yendi Municipality where all is set for the performance of funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV in the Old Gbewaa Palace.
About 10 standard Guests Houses including Kamil Legacy and Extra Quality in Yendi have been fully booked one week ahead.