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Musah Superior reaffirms commitment to work with stakeholders

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The Mayor of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Iddrisu Musah has reiterated his intention to involve stakeholders in Tamale to impact positive change in the metropolis.

The Mayor, who is currently facing stiff opposition by some elements of ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region says stakeholder participation is imperative to the development of the city.

Mr Superior made these remarks when he addressed Civil Society Organisations, Advocacy Groups and Media Personnel at the “The 3D Forum” organized by Back2Reality and sponsored by GDCA in Tamale.

The forum offered participants the platform to voice out their concerns, suggestions and criticisms geared towards identifying key challenges in the city and ways to fix it.

Reacting to a barrage of comments, opinions and concerns raised by participants, the Mayor said “I respect the views of everybody. What some politicians don’t understand is that they are in office because of the people, and without them they are nothing,” he stated.

Mr Superior indicated that his doors are always opened for constructive criticisms, partnership or collaborations in the development of the metropolis.

According to him, politics has caused a setback in his work as the Mayor of the city but assured the gathering of his commitment to sanitize the metropolis.

“I have been given a mandate to do what am doing by the executive authorities, without them i can’t implement anything.

“My focus is to ensure the best for city and the nation at large,” Mr Superior added.

He also spoke about challenges impeding his administration to execute the “Tamale Project” aimed at fighting drug abuse, armed robbery, prostitution, hawking in unauthorized places in city among others.

The Mayor also produced a strong defense of  his quest to ending child labor in the metropolis indicating that the right thing is done to protect the growth and development of every child.

 

Source: www.tamaleonline.news|Zakiya Ziblila Kwesijan

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Wa: Midway Bakery Refuses To Pay Medical Bills Of Gas Explosion Victim; Now Faces Stiff Justice Campaign

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Kadija the victim

Some youth of Wa in the Upper West region have launched a campaign to seek justice for Kadija against her employer, Midway Bakery.

The Campaign, #JusticeForKadijaNow is gaining massive attention on social media space which seeks to draw the attention of duty bearers for a swift intervention.

Parts of  Khadija face and other vital parts of her body got burnt in the course of duty and left to suffer at home by her employers, Midway Bakery in the Upper West Region.

The incident took place in a gas explosion at the bakery on Tuesday, 11th December 2018. 

According to a Facebook user named Anzagira Alexis who seems to be leading a campaign to get justice for poor Khadija said management of the facility deliberately ignored the victim to die without any attempt to help her get proper medication attention. 

Anzagira and other residents in Wa are calling in relevant authorities including The Commission on Human Rights And Administration Justice (CHRAJ) to step in on behalf of poor Kadija.

He coationed the post below;

“#JUSTICE FOR KADIJA NOW
kadija is an employee at Midway Bakery in Wa . She was burnt by gas in an explosion on the 11th of December, 2018. Her employer (Midway Bakery) has refused to send her to hospital for medical attention. Radio Progress visited Kadija on Friday to get details of the story and has since followed it up to Upper West Regional CHRAJ boss who immediately initiated some steps to save the life of Kadija. However, as at Sunday the 16th of December, 2018 our checks indicated that poor Kadija was still left in the house of her employer with her body smired with concoctions in the same state of serious pain. This is the state of poor Kadija. I stand for just for Kadija. #JUSTICE FOR KADIJA NOW”

Tamale Online News is following the story and will keep readers updated.

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“Let’s Show The World We Are True Sons & Daughters Of Naa Gbewa” – Dagbon Regent

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The Regent of Dagbon, Bolin Lana Mahamudu Abdullai has advised the people of the Dagbon Kingdom to put their difference aside and embrace peace. 

The newly installed Regent in a statement charged  the people to prioritize the interest of the Dagbon Kingdom ahead of any group and other parochial interest for a true reconciliation of peace and unity in the Dagbon State.

The Bolin Lana was on Friday, 14th December 2018 enskined Regent of Dagbon at a colorful ceremony in at the Gbewa Palace in Yendi as part of activities to comomerate the funeral rite of the late Yaa Naa Mahamudu Abdulai IV (1969-1974).

The funeral is taking place from between  14 – 28th December 2018 after which the Abudus will vacate the Gbawa Palace peaceful for the Andani Family to also perform the funeral of late Yaa Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani.

The statement said “I call on the people of Dagbon to eschew all factional and parochial interest and allow Dagbon State interest tower above all else to ensure true reconciliation and unity of our people.”

It continued… “We have one Dagbon and need a common vision to thrive as a people. Let’s show the world that we are the true sons and daughters of Naa Gbewaa. Let everyone who run commentary in this time of Dagbon, particularly you the media, be very circumspect. We want peace. And must be in sync with customs and traditions of Dagbon.

“We know too well that it is the absence of peace that has denied Dagbon so many development opportunities including thousands of investments and projects. We want peace to prevail so that we can have all communities and people of Dagbon freely move and do their daily businesses.”


Read full statement below;

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE ISSUED BY THE REIGNING REGENT OF DAGBON, BOLIN-LANA MAHAMADU ABDULAI ON 15TH DECEMBER, 2018 AT THE GBEWAA PALACE.

Good morning, friends from the media fraternity . I am happy you have requested to engage with me directly this morning. I believe it was the tumultuous crowd that made your request impossible Immediately after my installation yesterday.

I wish to extend my gratitude to the chiefs and regents of Dagbon, both Abudus and Andani, for gracing the occasion of my installation as Regent. This show the funeral of his majesty, the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai who ruled our kingdom from 1969 to 1974, is one to be performed by the entire Dagbon and not the Abudu royal family alone. I give you a pat on your backs for a true show of solidarity. I believe this is also why thousands of the teaming crowd, within and without Dagbon, all wanted to catch a glimpse of me in my traditional costume.

I wish to extend my profound gratitude to the president of the Republic of Ghana, who I’m told is out of the country and couldn’t make it to the occasion.

Similar gratitude should be extended to the former presidents ,His excellences president JJ Rawlings, president John Agyeikum Kuffuor, pressident John Evans Atta Mills and president John Dramani Mahama, who have one way or the other took great involvement in our search for lasting peace and unity of the people of Dagbon.

To the entire government appointees who graced the occasion of my installation as Regent of Dagbon, thank you so much. To the committee of Eminent chiefs, I say congratulations for your handling of Dagbon mediation to this far. For the numerous organizations and individuals who have in diverse ways supported the peace process up to this stage, I am most grateful. To the uncountable youth groups who graced the occasion of of my installation, I’m grateful. To all well-wishers, not forgetting of peace council, the entire family say thank you.

I call on the people of Dagbon to eschew all factional and parochial interest and allow Dagbon State interest tower above all else to ensure true reconciliation and unity of our people. We have one Dagbon and need a common vision to thrive as a people. Let’s show the world that we are the true sons and daughters of Naa Gbewaa. Let everyone who run commentary in this time of Dagbon, particularly you the media, be very circumspect. We want peace. And must be in sync with customs and traditions of Dagbon. We know too well that it is the absence of peace that has denied Dagbon so many development opportunities including thousands of investments and projects. We want peace to prevail so that we can have all communities and people of Dagbon freely move and do their daily businesses.

Thank you all. Thank you sympathizers. May Allah unite the people of Dagbon.
May Dagbon get its lost glories back. Amen

Once again, I thank you.
………………………..
BOLIN-LANA MAHAMADU ABDULAI
(Regent of Dagbon )
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Andani Royal family withdraws from the Otumfuo led mediation committee

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The Andani Royal family has withdrawn from the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, led mediation committee.

The family, at a press conference in Tamale Saturday accused the committee tasked to develop a roadmap to peace in Dagbon after the brutal assassination of its overlord, the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II and many others and destruction of the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi of bias.

The family has, therefore, vowed not to respect the roadmap declaration by the committee to restore peace in Dagbon.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II led committee of eminent chiefs mediating the crisis on Friday 16 November made a symbolic and definitive declaration to bring finality to the nearly 40-year-old conflict between the Abudu and Andani royal families.

The conflict for years slowed and impoverished every facet of progress in the entire Northern Region and rattled the nation’s treasury.

However, despite a passionate appeal to both the feuding gate by President Akufo-Addo to embrace the progress report of the Committee for the restoration of peace in the Dagbon, the Andanis say they are pulling out.

The withdrawal from the peace process comes a day after the installation of a new regent for Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV, under the enskinment name Bolin Lana.

He will be the acting overlord of Dagbon until December 28 when the funeral late overlord of Dagbon, Yaa Naa Mahamud Abdulai IV ends.

Announcing the decision at the press conference, the spokesperson for the Andani Royal gate Kpan-Naa Abubakari Andani also accused the government of aiding the Abudu Family to create a parallel authority in Dagbon by allowing the newly enskinned Regent of Abudu Family to refer to himself as Regent of Dagbon.

He said: “We wonder how the Otumfuo and his committee hopes to make progress with the program they rolled out at the Flag Staff House when major players around whom the program will revolve have been cynically ignored in favor of a self-seeking rogue which has no legitimacy.”

“What, therefore, the Asantehene and the eminent chiefs have done is to shoot first and aim later. Regrettably, they have missed the point and the entire program is destined to crumble like a vast hit by a sledgehammer.”

The committee, led by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, tasked to develop a roadmap to peace in Dagbon after the brutal assassination of its overlord, the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani II and many others and destruction of the Gbewaa Palace at Yendi following days of extensive deadly clashes in 2002, on 16 November finally announced dates for the performance of the contentious funerals of the former two overlords, whose deaths have caused and continued to renew divisions among the two royal families.

By: Eliasu Tanko|EIB Network  

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