Monday, June 10, 2013

Upper West Region records 28 maternal deaths in five months

The Upper West Region has recorded 28 maternal deaths from January to May this year, a figure it registered during the whole of 2012.
The health authorities are entertaining fears that the region could experience a similar situation that occurred in 2009 where it recorded 43 maternal deaths if decisive measures are not taken to stem the trend.

The Wa Regional Hospital registered 13 maternal deaths, Nandom Hospital, four deaths, Lawra Hospital, three deaths, Jirapa Hospital, three deaths, Tumu Hospital, one death, Sissala West and Lambussie Districts, one death each, while the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District also registered two deaths.

The trend has also put fears in many pregnant women whose lives are at stake because of the inadequate health facilities and the number of health personnel to help provide quality healthcare in the facilities more at

Upper East entrepreneurs to deepen regional investment

Entrepreneurs in the Upper East Region at a day’s sensitization workshop have pledged to take advantage of incentives provided under the Investment Act by identifying investment opportunities in the region.

The investment incentives and guarantees provided under the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 478 offers custom duties exemptions for plant, machinery, equipment with zero-rated and concessionary duty items to be cleared automatically and directly through CEPS. read more at

Butternut now cash crop in Northern Ghana

Butternut squash, a vegetable crop, which is grown in the upper East, Upper West and Northern regions is now being considered as an economic crop.
Farmers, who cultivated the crop along the banks of the Black Volta River in the Lawra District of the Upper West region during the last dry season, earned not less than Gh¢ 7,000.00 each at the farm gate, Mr. Sadat Alhassan, Chief Executive Officer of Plus One Investment Limited, said at Wa at the more at

Abedi Ayew: ‘African Pele’ who conquered Europe.

He was just a young boy — long before he became one of Africa’s all-time football greats and racked up trophies in Europe’s top competitions — when Abedi Ayew first heard people comparing him with arguably the game’s best player — Brazil’s Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele.
Yet, there was just one problem for the young Abedi, who grew up in a poor Ghanaian village and shared a home with his 18 siblings. He didn’t know who Pele was.

“You imagine that we don’t have access to televisions, we don’t have lights in our villages; we were closed in the very small village so we didn’t have access to all these things,” he explains.

“So for me, playing behind our modest windows and any small places we would get, we tried to play football. And then you see people who are a little bit older than you saying, ‘oh Pele, he plays like more at

U/W region will be free from fire outbreaks - Minister

The Upper West Regional Minister, Avia Nsor has embarked on an exercise to identify and pre-empt areas in the region that are prone to fire outbreaks.
According to him, although the Upper West region has not recorded any fire outbreaks in recent times, he will work hard to make the region free of fire outbreaks. read more at

World Bank to provide up to $600m for global food nutrition projects

The World Bank has hinted of increasing its finances to support maternal and early childhood nutrition programmes in developing countries.

The Bank is increasing the financing scale from $230 million to $600 million for those programmes in 2013 and 2014. read more at

Monday, June 3, 2013

Alhaji Mustapha Idris to be buried today

The remains of the former Northern regional minister and former minister of Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris is expected to be flown to Tamale later Monday morning for his burial service in accordance with Islamic tradition.

The former minister died Sunday at the 37 Military Hospital after a short illness.

A family member, Alhaji Hindu confirmed the news to Joy News’ Northern regional correspondent Martina Bugri when she visited the family house in Tamale.cotinue reading at

NADMO Co-ordinator warns of imminent threat to Bui Dam by galamsey operations

The Bui Hydro-Electric Power Project could be adversely affected if illegal mining activities popularly called galamsey activities are not halted along the Black Volta.

This is the warning from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Coordinator, Kofi Porturphy.

Speaking to Joy News, Mr. Porturphy said the Galamsey activities pose serious threats to the Bui Dam and the Volta Lake and must be stopped immediately. continue reading at

Talensi-Nabdam records less children in school

Community Development (LCD), an NGO, has disclosed that there is a deficit of about 23.1 per cent of children of school going age in the Talensi and Nabdam Districts, who are not enrolled.

Dr Kennedy Quaigrain, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LCD, who made this known, said Talensi and Nabdam districts have a net enrollment of 76.9 per cent, which means that the remaining children are not in school.

He said access to quality education is paramount in attaining the socio-economic development of the country and should not be compromised. continue reading at

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Former Northern regional Minister Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris is dead


The Tamale Teaching Hospital has taken delivery of ICT equipment from SIMED International, the company undertaking rehabilitation and expansion works at the hospital. It forms part of the package to modernize and improve service delivery at the facility.

In a brief ceremony held at the site office of the company on Tuesday 5th March, 2013, the Acting Project Director Chris Botterweg who is also the Engineering Manager of SIMED International said the Computers were part of a consignment of modern equipment which are to help TTH become a Centre Of Excellence in quality health care to all its stakeholders. Citing the handing over of the new Block “E” building some weeks ago, he assured management of the company’s resolve to hand over the completed phase-one on schedule. continue reading  at

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Tamale CentralTraders at the Tamale Central Market (TCM) are divided over a directive by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly that the market should be closed to business after 6 p.m. each day.

While some of them agree that this measure would augur well for the safety of the traders and the market, others opine that closing the market at 6 p.m. would affect their fortunes because business booms in the evenings, between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Last week, the assembly issued a directive that the TCM should operate within the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.cont.reading


The need for Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, to have an airport has come into focus once again, as a number of business people in the region have called on the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority to treat the issue as a necessity. 

According to them, Wa is no longer the “village that people thought it to be, while an airport in the region will open it up for investment”. 

Wa currently has an airstrip which has, for a long time, been earmarked for an upgrade.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Ghana to award players in tourism industry

Mr Alexander Kwame Nketia, Acting Northern Regional Manager of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) on Tuesday said the authority would continue with its National Tourism Awards (NTA).

He said the NTA is determined to award recognise people in the tourism industry.

Mr Nketia was speaking in Tamale during the media launch of the 2013 National Tourism Awards, which is slated for December 13.

Throwing more light on the awards, he said the venue for the NTA would keep changing from region to region and that another objective of the NTA is to encourage competition among players in the tourism industry.

The programme, which was on the theme: “Tourism: Gaining a competitive edge through innovation and service excellence,” was aimed at creating awareness of the NTAs in the Northern Region. cont reading at

CHRAJ is being too slow on SADA – MP suggests

The Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region has criticized the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for what he says is the slow pace of investigations into the operations of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA).

CHRAJ last month initiated preliminary investigations into operations of SADA following public outcry over an amount of 15 million Ghana cedis spent on a guinea fowl project.cont reading at

Tamale Hospital: Equipment theft stalls work at Neurosurgical unit

Work at the Neurosurgical Unit of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has stalled following the theft of some vital surgical equipment at the unit.

As a result, the unit has not been able to carry out any surgical operation for more than a week, leading to fears that patients with critical conditions might lose their lives.

The centre, which is fully booked for neurosurgical operations for the next three months, caters for patients in the entire northern sector and other parts of the country as well as some referral cases from Burkina Faso.

Even though the hospital authorities have confirmed the theft, they declined to give details. They, however, indicated that the theft had been reported to the police. No arrest has been made yet.

According to a source at the hospital, the equipment might have been stolen some weeks ago. cont.reading

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

3000 UDS students begin practical training

Professor Haruna Yakubu, Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, has appealed to Government and other stakeholders to support the University financially to maintain its field practicals programme.

He said with their limited resources, inadequate funding has been a major challenge facing the University in the implementation of the field programme and this is in addition to the increase in the student in-take.

Prof Yakubu made the appeal at the opening session of the 2013 Third Trimister Field Practical Programme (TTFPP) in Sunyani on Monday where 3,333 Level 100 students were dispatched to 33 communities in 10 districts in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

He said TTFPP was an integral part of the university’s curriculum to ensure that both students and staff work closely with rural and deprived communities with the focus on enhancing the poverty reduction programme. read more at

Speaker swears in new Kumbungu MP

Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Parliament, on Tuesday swore-in the newly elected Member of Parliament for Kumbungu constituency, in the Northern region, Mr Amadu Moses Yahya, when the House reconvened after a period of recess.

Mr Yahya, a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has replaced the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who resigned his position after he was appointed Executive Secretary of the ACP/EU.

Mr Yahaya swore the oath of allegiance and the oath of a Member of Parliament.

Mr Dan Botwe, Minority Whip, commended the new member saying it was a happy occasion because he had come to replace a member who had been more at

NGOs express concern about lack of midwives in Upper East

The Coalition of NGOs in Health have expressed concern about the lack of midwives in most of the health facilities in the Upper East Region.

This, the body said is hampering the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mr Alagskomah Asakeya Noble, Vice Chairman of the Coalition, expressed the worry at this year’s 2013 Regional Health Forum organised in Bolgatanga, on the theme: “Improving Quality Healthcare for all- Citizens Rights and Responsibilities. “

He said the situation is even worse in the Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) more at

Gender Minister urges authorities to report on brothels

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has urged local government assemblies and traditional authorities to report the existence of brothels to the Police.

“Their activities are even more unfortunate when they involve under-age girls,” the Minister stated on Tuesday when she inspected two demolished brothels located within Tema New Town in the Greater Accra Region.

The Minister, who ordered the demolition of the two brothels, said it was unfortunate that such places lured not only adult women but also girls, who were far below the age of consent, to practice prostitution.

A third brothel known as “Mama Africa” was also ordered to be more at

Storm hits yendi and its environs,many schools ripped off

On Friday 24th May, Yendi
municipal encounted a
very huge storm. The
storm is reported to have
started just around 6:30
pm with slow moving
gentle wind and then
culminated within 10-15
minutes of its start. It
was then reported to
have been followed by a
huge down pour.
The storm caused a huge
destruction in the town..continue reading

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Africa urged to develop educational system rooted in culture

            Professor Kofi Asare Opoku, Acting President of African University College of                                Communications (AUCC), has advocated an educational system with content rooted in Africa culture for Africans. Professor Opoku said this would be the only means to produce proud, self-assertive and self-confident Africans, to determine the course and focus of Ghana’s  See more

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


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Police intercepts trucks smuggling subsidised fertilizer into Burkina Faso

Police in Bawku have intercepted two trucks carrying two thousand bags of government subsidised fertilizer they believe were being smuggled to neighboring Burkina Faso.

The trucks which took off from Tema were to offload in Tamale. But Police say when the trucks reached Tamale, documentations on the fertilizer were changed and the drivers instructed to continue to Bawku. CONT READING AT

Hajj Committee announces package for 2013 pilgrimage

The National Hajj Committee (NHC) has said it was ready to ensure an incident free pilgrimage for Ghanaian Muslims this year.
Mr Ibrahim Abdul-Rauf Tanko, Chairman of the Committee, told journalists at a briefing to announce the 2013 Hajj package that Ghana had already paid in advance services for 6,780 prospective pilgrims, the maximum quota given to the committee.

The Hajj package include accommodation and transport services in Saudi Arabia, flight, food and other services.

Mr Tanko said each prospective pilgrim would pay a total amount of $3,450 or its cedi equivalent.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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US commits $200m for development of Northern Region

The United States has planned a comprehensive development agenda in northern Ghana with a budgetary allocation of $200 million in areas of education, agriculture and health. The agenda, which is meant to alleviate poverty, improve sustainable livelihoods through human resource development and create an enabling environment for income-generating .continue reading



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The smock is a traditional Ghanaian dress made from cotton wool by a simple wooden fabric. A color combination of yarn is selected, arranged and woven into narrow cloth which is then used to sew the smock. The smock is sown with needle. A collection of many small weavers and sewers supply all quantities of the product. The dress is worn for Traditional and official occasions. It is also worn as a jacket over a suite. The smock has loose folds at the lower half that make it appropriate for dancing the "Damba", a traditional dance of the peoples of Northern Ghana. It comes in many forms ranging from short sleeves to long sleeves.  PLACE ORDER NOW


The Mamprusi claim, by ancestry, to be the earliest known kingdom of modern Ghana, established circa 1480. They are considered by northern Ghana to be first of the Mole-Dagbani. The Mamprusi occupy the territory of Mampurugu, which lies in the Northern region of Ghana. This population is linguistically heterogeneous but the majority speaks more

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pikworo (Slave Camp)

Pikworo (Slave Camp) is a 'holding ground" in the upper east region of Ghana, West Africa. Pikworo was established by Samori and Babatu Zato both who were infamous slave raiders during the nineteenth century. They collaborated with the European nations who were behind the African Holocaust of Enslavement Complex.
You will view some of the burial grounds where enslaved Africans who perished at Pikworo were laid to rest. You will be able to view stone seats and burial stones in the background. There is also a mortuary stone used to prepare the deceased before burial. There are also stone water and food trowels. read more at


Sirigu a scenic village in the Upper East Region of Ghana, in a fairy-tale savannah landscape with beautiful, typical Northern traditionally decorated houses, trees, and farmlands.
The people of Sirigu are mostly farmers, growing sorghum, millet, groundnut and keeping cattle, goats and fowl and livestock. Several years of intensive farming and poor rainfall has degraded the land to the extent that even subsistence farming in threatened. This is made worse by low prices of farm produce and unreliable rains. read more at

Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary

Established by the people of the Wechiau Traditional Area in 1999, the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary consists of a 40-kilometre stretch of riverine forest and Savannah woodland running the length of the Black Volta River, which forms the Upper West Region's boundary with Burkina Faso. Of particular interest is the hippopotamus population resident along this stretch of river. One of only two remaining hippo populations within Ghana, the group represents an important conservation more at

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R2bees Takes All at VGMA 13 + full list of winners

It was a night to behold for the men from Tema, as they took home 6 awards at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2013, including the much coveted Artiste of the Year award.
The two men who are responsible for tracks such as 'walahi' and 'Its Alright' and have been nominated for the 2013 Black Entertainment Television ( BET) award for the Best International Act (Africa) category, dedicated the ultimate prize of the night to their fans.

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Ministry takes steps to solve chieftaincy problems

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs has taken steps to solve the numerous problems besetting the administration of chieftaincy in the country.
Dr H. Seidu Daannaa, sector Minister, announced this at an emergency meeting of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs in Koforidua on Friday.

He said the Ministry had requested all Regional Houses of Chiefs to advertise in the media the position of a counsel and make their recommendation to the Ministry after interviewing the applicants.

“The Ministry is liaising with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General so as to speed up the process of acquiring permanent counsel for those Regional Houses of Chiefs which for a long time have been without the services of lawyers”. read more at

School dropout rate high in Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District

Mr Abu Kansangbata, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, has expressed concern about the 30 per cent school dropout rate among basic school pupils in the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District.

Mr Kansangbata, who described the situation as disturbing, tasked the District Director of Education to come out with a comprehensive plan of action which could aid in solving the problem.

Mr Kansangbata was speaking during the First Ordinary Meeting of the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District Assembly at Issa on Friday. read more at

EDAIF can boost agricultural productivity to GDP – Board Member

Mr Hayford Baah-Adade, Board Member of Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF) said at the weekend that the Fund’s revised charter could boost the contribution of agriculture considerably to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Speaking to a gathering of agri-business stakeholders in Ho the Volta Region he said the Fund have the resources to support industrious business people countrywide to stop the decline of agriculture‘s contribution to national GDP, which he put at 24.6 per cent currently. read more at