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Northern Youth Angry With Leaders

2005-06-10 01:26:41
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The youth in the Northern Region have declared a total war against what they described as “unscrupulous leaders” in the region, who instead of building their talents and teaching them about the rich traditions and culture of Dagbon, are wasting millions of cedis to purchase guns and other dangerous weapons for them for their own destruction.
Speaking at the annual celebration of the Bagabaga Training College (BATCO) branch of the Dagbon Students Association (DASA) last Saturday, the President of the Northern Regional League of Youth Association, Mr. Abas Salifu, emphasized that the youth would not wait further for those mischievous leaders to tear the Dagbon state apart for their selfish gains.

“If they are indeed good leaders who have our welfare and the development of Dagbon at heart they should therefore buy us food, educate us and teach us our rich culture which is the only way we can bring back the image of our region,” he wailed.

Mr. Salifu blamed the leaders, particularly the traditional and the opinion leaders, for the protracted tension and conflicts in the Northern Ghana arising out of chieftaincy disputes, land disputes, hegemonic tendencies based on historical past, political differences and competition for limited economic and social opportunities, among others.

Describing the conflict situations that had engulfed the Northern Region in particular in the past as unfortunate, the youth’s president stressed that they would be very sad to see the threat of such conflicts gaining root again in the area.

“We will march positively forward to secure peace, unity, development and quality education for the people, particularly the youth.”

He challenged his colleagues: “Though our region has for long been the scene of destruction, intolerance, conflict and a ready market for weapons of destruction, we the youth through strong collaborative efforts can make amendment to procure peace.”

According to Mr. Salifu, the people in the region needed more tools for farming, more teaching and learning materials, more equipment for technical and vocational institutions, more basic tools for construction and balanced food on their tables, but not weapons for destruction.

He however appealed to the Northern Regional House of Chiefs to bring to the notice of all the chiefs and people the re-launch of traditional drumming and dancing at all public gatherings, instead of the current use of modern equipment.

The outgoing DASA Chief of BATCO, Alhassan Yahaya, noted that the occasion was held annually for the youth to deliberate on issues affecting the region and how to promote development, peace and unity. The occasion, which forces all members and invited guests to wear northern traditional dresses, is to also outline the roles and responsibilities of the youth in the region.

The BATCO branch of DASA donated six office chairs to the college and were presented and received by the outgoing BATCO chief and the Principal of BATCO, Alhaji Adam Zakaria respectively.

However, the members elected Master Fuseini Nabila Suleman as the new Chief of the BATCO branch of DASA.

source: chronicle

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