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Joseph Kofi Adda, the Minister of Aviation and Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, has assured his constituents that his next tenure of office would witness massive development that would transform Navrongo into a modern city.

“We have a lot of infrastructure currently ongoing in Navrongo and we have the spirit of modernization of Navrongo, to transform Navrongo into a modern city that should be comparable to any city anywhere in the world. That is my agenda, 2020 to 2024 is the agenda for the modernization of Navrongo,” he said.

BONABOTO, a Civil Society Organisation made up of natives from Bolgatanga, Nabdam, Bongo and Tongo in the Upper East Region, has disagreed with the Aviation Minister, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda over his proposal to relocate the site of the regional airport.

It would be recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in one of the events organised in the Bongo District in the region last year promised that the Upper East Regional airport would be cited at Sumbrungu, a suburb of the Bolgatanga Municipality.

The proposed airport at Sumbrungu, specifically has a runway of 120 metres width and a length of 3.5 kilometers and was earmarked for the project in the 1990s, but had since been abandoned.

Data from the Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) has revealed that whilst 28 percent of households in the Upper East Region are extremely poor, 37 percent were poor with 35 percent being non-poor households.

The GNHR undertook the Household Registration exercise in the Upper West and Upper East Region in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Garu-Temapane District tops which had now been divided into two Districts,Garu and Tempani topped the chart as the most extreme poor District with the Bolgatanga Municipal being the least extreme poor in the region.

Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda has described a decision to sink resources into clearing a site in Anateem-Sumbrungu, a suburb of Bolgatanga Municipality for the purpose of constructing an airport, as financial loss to the state.

The site, which was cleared in the early 90’s remained abandoned and has become a site for grazing by animals.

The proposed airport which has a runway of 120 meters width and a length of 3.5 kilometers has been abandoned.

Suggestions of a relocation of the yet to be constructed airport has generated apprehension and objections by members of the community.

Though it is unclear where the airport will be finally situated, Aviation Minister, Kofi Adda, has suggested that the Paga Airstrip is the most suitable for the project.

He argued that the Paga Airstrip, since time immemorial, has proven to be appropriate for the intended purpose of an Airport.

“The Airstrip in Navrongo was built in 1942. It was built strategically to support the colonial government at the time to be able to fly military men there to ward off the Germans if they were coming down the Sahara desert to take off French colonies in the Western African area. So that airport has been there since 1942. It is 1,500 meters long and 25 metres wide. Its been there and it’s been used from that time on”, he said on Bolgatanga based A1 Radio monitored by MyNewsGh.com.

He argued that large aircrafts have landed using the Airstrip in the past.

According to him, resources that were made available to fix the airstrip was sunk in clearing a new site in Sumbrungu.

“It's sad that monies that were available at the Regional administration just to tarre the top, it was decided in 1999 to relocate it and start something new. That geographical area was not best suited at the time. It should be called financial loss” he added.

Mr Adda revealed he had spoken to the President of Burkina Faso who had indicated his approval for the Paga Airstrip to be developed into an Airport contrary to claims that the Burkina authorities have objected to the development.

source:ghanaweb.com

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that the controversial 116 kilometre Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakom road will be completed by the end of July 2020.

According to the Vice President, the Brazilian contractor working on the road, Queiroz Galvão, has promised to work harder and faster, adding, “…On my way here, I stopped to have a word with the contractor and inspect work done so far. The contractor has assured that by July 2020 the road will be completed.”

t is a dry season in Sahel and West Africa regions and this includes Ghana, specifically the regions of the north. This means many communities have been ushered into a season of a long search for water and thirst.
 
The situation is worse for areas that have not been connected to pipe-borne water. It is estimated that about 5 million Ghanaians rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs, leaving them vulnerable to water-related diseases.

t is a dry season in Sahel and West Africa regions and this includes Ghana, specifically the regions of the north. This means many communities have been ushered into a season of a long search for water and thirst.
 
The situation is worse for areas that have not been connected to pipe-borne water. It is estimated that about 5 million Ghanaians rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs, leaving them vulnerable to water-related diseases.

Over 185 communities along the Eastern Corridor Highway of the Northern region have petitioned the President and the Electoral Commission to create a new constituency out of Gushegu. 

The petitioners attribute the area’s lack of development to its distance from the capital and the large nature of the constituency.

They said the 2010 population census puts the total population of the Gushegu Constituency at 111, 259 and out of that figure, 61, 193 constitutes their proposed Nabuli-Nawugu Constituency.

Fire has gutted about 100 barrels of fuel at a filling station at Tolon and extended to about four nearby houses in the Tolon-Kumbungu district of the Northern Region.

According to reports, a fuel attendant was filling the tank of a customer when one jerrycan caught fire and begun to burn other barrels that were packed at the place. 

An eye witness Sulemana Zakaria told Joy News’ Martina Bugri that the fire was so intense that people had to run for their lives.

Fifteen Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Northern Region have been captured in the 2018 Auditor-General’s report for misapplication and diversion of monies amounting to GHC483,690.68.

A total of GHC47,056,420.30 was allocated to the 28 district assemblies in the Northern region for the year 2018 out of which GHC10,376,711.28 was deducted at source for service providers the assemblies owe, leaving a net of cash transfer of GHC36,679,70.02.

The mayor of Tamale, Iddrisu Musah Superior, has opened a two-storey toilet facility for the Tamale Central Market in the Northern Region.

The 32-seater toilet facility was constructed through a partnership between the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and Gapo Enterprise and has washing sinks, mirrors, offices, bathrooms, a space for ablution and fans.

Alhaji Hammed Abubakari, Yendi Municipal Chief Executive has given the assurance that his outfit will continue to support ventures that will provide skills and jobs to the youth.

He said the area was now enjoying peace after the enskinment of a new Ya-Na, a situation that would create more opportunities for the growth and development of the area.

Alhaji Abubakari said this during the graduation ceremony of 18 hairdressers, who had completed their four-year apprenticeship at Yendi.

A cross section of NPP youth led by the Constituency Chairman of the party in the Bole-Bamboi constituency Mr Sulemana Zakaria embarked on a demonstration today at Bole to get the DCE for the district, Madam Veronica Alele Herming removed from office.

An unusual rainstorm has plunged the entire Bole Township in the Bole-Bamboi district of Northern Ghana into total darkness. The rainstorm which occurred between the hours of 8:30pm and 10:00pm Monday night caused a lot of destruction.

The hardest hit areas are the Bole Health Centre and Kurabaso Primary School where the roofs of both buildings got totally ripped off. The strong winds pulled down a mosque at Yelwe near Atta 130's house.The old roofs of the Ghana Commercial Bank story building in the district got ripped off as well.

Alhaji Samson Siedu Abudu, the Bole District Chief Executive, has cautioned assembly members and the people of the Bole District against frequent agitations for the removal of their Chief Executives without any justifiable cause and at the slightest excuse.

He said that attitude was impacting negatively on the development of the district as no DCE was left to stay long enough to execute any meaningful development in the area.

Bole District Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (BDMHIS) has registered 49,998 clients by the end of September this year.

Mr Mahama Felix Saaka, the Scheme Manager who announced this said it had mobilized 274.7 million cedis in premiums and paid 304 million cedis as medical claims for clients with about 8.6 million cedis being the highest amount paid to a client.

The Vice President Dr Mahammudu Bawumia has reiterated the call on the Komkombas and Chokosis to cease fire.

He stated that the intermittent violent conflicts were never a solution to any problem but rather aggravated the already high poverty and hunger in the area.

Some Chokosis (Anufors) living at Chamba, a village in the Bimbila constituency in the Northern region have fled their settlement following attacks on their properties in the early hours of Friday May 24 2019.

The residents are fleeing for their lives following recent clashes between Konkomba – Chokosis in far Chereponi district.

Four-person have been arrested in connection with the renewed violence between the Konkombas and the Chorkosis in the Chereponi District of the North East Region.

The suspects were arrested from two separate areas carrying single barrel guns and have been detained to assist in investigations.

There has been renewed clashes between Konkombas and Chokosis in the District.

The clashes have resulted in one person reportedly been shot by unknown attackers.

Jababu Fuad, aged 22, is currently receiving treatment at the Chereponi government hospital.

DGN Online gathered that police and military patrols have been intensified in some communities within the Chereponi District of the North East Region.

Renewed violence in Chereponi left one shot and some communities belonging to both Konkombas and Chokosis burnt.

A 22-year-old Jababu Fuad who was shot on Friday evening by some unidentified persons at Nawieku is in critical condition receiving treatment at the Cheriponi Hospital.

Interior Minister has tasked a five-member committee to identify the remote causes of the renewed communal violence between Konkombas and Chokosis in Chereponi in Northern region.

More than 5,000 people have so far been displaced following the outbreak of communal violence between the Kokomba and the Chokosi ethnic groups in the Chereponi and the Saboba districts in the Northern Region.

Members of the West Mamprusi Municipal Assembly in the North East Region have descended on the area police commander, following growing spate of highway robbery attacks in the region.

The armed gangs according to these assemblymen, are targeting market women and other road users in their localities. 

The health of children in the Mamprusi West District has improved remarkably over the past 30 years. Measles is a thing of the past, mothers are very much aware of health problems and what to do in order to prevent convulsion when the children have a fever.

They know how to prepare the weaning diet, Mrs. Dora Schnecbelis, a Swiss, said this after a one week evaluation of the welfare of women and children in five communities in the district.

The Sagnarigu Municipal Chief Executive(MCE), Mariam Iddrisu, has disclosed that 20 dams were awarded for construction in the Municipality.

According to her, they are intended to serve multiple purposes such as domestic use, animal watering and farm irrigation.

The Municipal Chief Executive for Sagnarigu in the Northern Region, Hajia Mariam Iddrisu has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to adequately engage and resource women aspiring to participate in the District Level Elections (DLEs).

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sagnarigu in the Northern Region, Madam Mariam Iddrisu has been selected among the leadership of Pan African Council of REFELA for 2019-2021 at its recently held General Assembly held at Marrakesh, Morocco.

The Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly has disbursed 25,000 Ghana Cedis from its share of the Common Fund to support 48 needy but brilliant students, for the payment of their school fees.

Chiefs and Religious leaders in Kanvili, a suburb of the Sagnarigu Municipality have commended the Municipal Chief Executive of area, Hon. Iddrisu Mariam for her incredible leadership role played in averting a potential religious violence conflict in the community.

Sagnarigu MP Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini has dismissed reports that he was pelted with water by his constituents during the NDC constituency elections over the weekend.

There are reports that the MP, who is famous for his proverbs, was hooted at by his constituents as he toured the communities. The indigenes are reported to have demanded the first-term MP to provide them with jobs instead of the proverbs he has come to be known with.

Reacting to the reports, Alhaji Fuseini said although there is the need for jobs in the constituency, the constituents do not blame him for the lack of it.

t is a dry season in Sahel and West Africa regions and this includes Ghana, specifically the regions of the north. This means many communities have been ushered into a season of a long search for water and thirst.
 
The situation is worse for areas that have not been connected to pipe-borne water. It is estimated that about 5 million Ghanaians rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs, leaving them vulnerable to water-related diseases.

The mayor of Tamale, Iddrisu Musah Superior, has opened a two-storey toilet facility for the Tamale Central Market in the Northern Region.

The 32-seater toilet facility was constructed through a partnership between the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and Gapo Enterprise and has washing sinks, mirrors, offices, bathrooms, a space for ablution and fans.

Mr Iddrisu Musah, the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has said measures are in place to ensure that all government flagship programmes and interventions are effectively implemented in the metropolis.

He said this while addressing the Assembly’s first meet the press series, in Tamale, on Friday.

A joint military and police operation in the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region has led to the arrest of 13 people believed to be sex workers (prostitutes) from Nigeria.

The security agencies over the weekend conducted the swoop in areas suspected to be the hideout where sex workers usually operate their illegal activities in the metropolis, and were immediately handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) for screening.

Two persons died while two others sustained injuries following torrential rainfall in the Tamale metropolis and its environs on Thursday afternoon.

The dead have been identified as Boya Yakubu, a middle-aged woman and Christopher, an ice cream seller believed to be in his 20s. They are said to have been electrocuted in a metal container shop they had sought refuge in during the heavy downpour around the taxi rank near the Tamale Central market.

Alarmed by the growing insecurity in the Tamale metropolis, religious leaders on Monday declared their support for the Tamale Metropolitan Security Council in its fight to contain the problem/

Drawn from the Central Mosque, Anbariya and the Zongo Chief Imam Shehu, the religious leaders pledged their unflinching support to the Tamale Project. They made the pledge on condition that authorities will broaden their consultation, be fair, just and respect traditional authorities while urging city authorities to ensure that those tasked to help instil discipline are themselves disciplined.

The leader of Anbariya Islamic Institute, Sheik Saeed Zakaria said religion is clear on social vices and called for wide consultation in everything city authorities intend carrying out.

Sheik Zakaria said he has received several complaints from residents on the increasing social vices in Tamale and had to embark on tour of the metropolis to unearth the veracity or otherwise of what he was told, especially prostitution .

The Islamic scholar revealed that he was shocked to the marrow when his son drove him round all the hangouts of the prostitutes, adding that at each stop or gathering place of the ladies of the night, the prostitutes approached them thinking they were clients.

The experience made him realized that Tamale is no more the city they use to know and urgent attention was needed, the Sheik said. S

Sharing his opinion at the TaMA consultative conference on the rising indiscipline and insecurity in Tamale, the Sheik said he had to call on the regional chief Imam and tell hime that religious leaders will be held responsible for the decay if they did not speak out.

The chief, Sheik Saeed added expressed worry and assured him of his support. He also called on the Tamale old him that he has an obligation by virtue of him being the traditional leader to ensure sanity in Tamale, the revered Islamic scholar added.

Representatives of the regional Chief Imam, Sheik Ghazeli said they are in full support of the Tamale Project to bring the sinking image of Tamale. The Salichin Zongo ( Zongo Chief) in Tamale, Shehu Abdul Mummin Dalhu reminded city authorities to be just in the implementation of the project.

Leader of Masjidul Brayan, Sheik Ibrahim Basha did not mince words. He said if the people to implement the project themselves are not clean then, they should forget about it.

 

source: zaaradio.com

Alhaji Hammed Abubakari, Yendi Municipal Chief Executive has given the assurance that his outfit will continue to support ventures that will provide skills and jobs to the youth.

He said the area was now enjoying peace after the enskinment of a new Ya-Na, a situation that would create more opportunities for the growth and development of the area.

Alhaji Abubakari said this during the graduation ceremony of 18 hairdressers, who had completed their four-year apprenticeship at Yendi.

New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate aspirant for Yendi Constituency, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama has sponsored eight of his constituents to perform this year’s pilgrimage in the Holy City of Mecca.

Some farmers, chiefs and opinion leaders in the Northern Region have petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to grant a Letter of Intent to the owners of Alafei Foods to enable them source funding to establish their industrial base in the Yendi municipality under the One District-One Factory flagship initiative.

The Yendi Municipal Assembly in the Northern Region has approved its 2019 composite budget for the 2019 financial year.

The executive committee of the assembly approved the budget at its meeting at Yendi where all 43 assembly members approved the budget.

The Yendi Municipal Assembly (YMA) has outlined a number of initiatives in its 2018-2021 Medium Term Development Plan to tackle malnutrition and Post-Harvest Losses (PHL) to ensure food security.

The Yendi Municipal Police Command is on the hunt for about 10 young men captured in a video attacking an armed policeman.

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