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Arrest killers of Ya-Na – Chiefs demand

2009-07-23 19:27:08
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Yaa Na Yakubu Andani
Members of the Dagbon Traditional Council Wednesday called on the President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, at the Castle, Osu, and demanded the immediate apprehension of the perpetrators of the gruesome murder of the Overlord of the area, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, and 40 others including sub-chiefs.

According to the chiefs, the arrest and prosecution of persons responsible for the heinous and brutal murder of the Ya-Na and others were very critical to efforts aimed at bringing lasting peace and unity to the Dagbon Traditional Area.

The Kumbun Na Yiri II, who acted as the spokesperson, also demanded that "your Excellency handles with divine wisdom the criminal activities that took place both in Yendi, from March 23-27, 2002, and at Gushiegu in September 2008, as well as that of Alhaji lssah Mobila, the former Northern Regional Chairman of the Convention People Party (CPP).

"We have noted with pleasure the commencement of original proceedings against the military personnel who allegedly murdered Alhaji Mobila in military custody in December 2004," Na Yiri said.

He drew President Mills's attention to the agricultural, health, educational and other needs of the northern regions and impressed on him to tackle those sectors to improve the quality of life of the people.

According to him, the government was duty bound to support and subsidise farmers in the northern regions to produce foodstuffs such as rice, maize, tomatoes and yams for sale at reasonable prices.

That, he said, could be done by supporting the farmers with agricultural inputs, loans and storage facilities and ensuring a ready market and guaranteed prices for their produce.

"To ensure all-year-round activity and production, we suggest the rehabilitation of existing irrigation dams in the north and the construction of the Pagazaa irrigation Dam near Tamale on which feasibility studies were carried out during the era of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC)," he said.

Na Yiri said the traditional council strongly believed that the vigorous implementation of the Savannah Accelerated Development Agency (SADA) would go a long way to stem the migration of the youth to the south to seek employment opportunities.

The paramount chief expressed grave concern over the health needs oft the people in the northern regions and said the chiefs would be grateful if immediate action was taken to fully equip the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

Commenting on the educational status of the area, Na Yiri said considering the high rate of illiteracy in Dagbon, in particular and the north in general, "we will further appeal to you in person and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to give attention to the provision of more school infrastructure at the primary and high school levels."

"The continued delay in paying scholarship grants to second-cycle institutions in the north is having a telling effect on the performance of our students due to the frequent closure of the schools by headmasters," the paramount chief said.

For his part, President Mills expressed his appreciation for the call by the chiefs and emphasised that the government would neither condone nor tolerate any form of impunity in any part of the country.

"We will eliminate the culture of impunity in the country and ensure social and economic justice for the people, irrespective of their social, religious and economic standing," he said.

He said it was the wish and prayer of the government that the chiefs and the people of Dagbon join hands and remain united to facilitate the progress and development of the area.

The President said the government was committed to the judicious use of the country's resources for the benefit of all, assuring the gathering that the northern regions would benefit immensely from the national kitty.

He thanked the people for voting massively for the NDC during the 2008 general elections, stressing that the government would fulfill its electoral mandate of transforming the social and economic fortunes of the area.


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