Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Work on the long awaiting Fufulso-Damongo-Sawla road in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region has begun.

The Contractors, China Waters and Electrical Corporation Ltd and China Harbor and Engineering Ltd have up to 36 months to complete the works.

Work on the road which started on 2nd January 2012 entails the construction of the 149 kilometer stretch of the Fufulso-Damongo-Sawal road joining the Wa-Kumasi road at Sawala.

The project estimated at One Hundred and Sixty-Six ($166m) Million Dollars will provide adequate drainage, culverts, walkways and public transport facilities such as bus stops and lay-bys.
The road is designed as a one-way lane and would be asphalt.

In an interview with the district chief executive Hon. Adam Mutawakilu, he disclosed that the construction of the road will involve the provision of other social amenities such as health centres, boreholes, schools, agro processing plants and lorry parks among others.  
Regina Atule

39 Assemblymen receives Motorbikes

 As part of Government initiative to provide motorbikes to assemblymen to enable them do their work properly in the country,   the West Gonja District was not left out in the sharing of this national cake.

On Thursday 10th May 2012 at  the First 2012 Ordinary Meeting, the District Chief Executive of West Gonja District, Hon. Adam Mutawakilu has presented 39 motorbikes worth GH₵27,924.00 to all assemblymen in the district.

In presenting the Motorbikes, Hon. Adam, has disclosed that the long awaiting 149 kilometer road stretch of the Fufulso-Damongo-Sawala road joining the Wa-Kumasi road in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region has begun.

Again, He said, the project estimated at One Hundred and Sixty-Six ($166m) Million Dollars will provide adequate drainage, culverts, walkways and public transport facilities such as bus stops and lay-bys to the district. The Contractors, China Waters and Electrical Corporation Ltd and China Harbor and Engineering Ltd have up to 36 months to complete the works.

Hon. Adam then pleaded with beneficiaries to take good care of the motor bikes and use it to attend the call of duty from far and near anytime they are needed by their people.

Moreover, the District Coordinating Director, Mr.  S. Y. Inusah in his address has edged the Assembly members to become peace ambassadors in their locality in order to maintain peace and order during and after 2012 election.

He edged them to do away with the politics of insult and violence and must therefore liaise with their Unit Committee Members to promote peace in their Electoral Area. 

By Shallom Lumor and Regina Atule

Voter Registration Ends In West Gonja

The nationwide new biometric voter registration which opened on the 24th of March 2012 to 4th May 2012 has ended successfully in the North and West Gonja Districts of the Northern Region.

Twenty Seven (27) registration centres were opened for the first round. The districts have a total of 105 registration centres. 
Figures gathered from office of the Electoral Commission indicates that, a total of Thirteen Thousand, two hundred and ninety - five (13,295), eleven thousand, one hundred and fifty – five (11,155), eight thousand, two hundred and forty - two (8,242) and eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty – two (8, 852) people registered at the end of the first, second, third and four phases of the exercise respectively. 

This brings to a total of forty one thousand, five hundred and forty - four (41, 544) people who registered in the two districts.
Out of this number, twenty thousand, four hundred and eighty - two (20, 482) people registered in North Gonja and twenty one thousand and sixty – two (21,062) people registered in West Gonja.

Challenges encountered at the various polling stations were not different. This ranged from faulty machines to slow entry of data by personnel, inaccurate data provided by eligible voters and inadequate registration materials in the last phase.

The exercise was slow during the first three days of phase one but progressed steadily afterwards.
According to the district electoral officer, fifty – five (55) challenge forms were completed.
Generally, the exercise has gone on smoothly and peacefully in the district.



If the people of Damongo were to cast the presidential vote yesterday (21 May, 2011), Nana Akuffo Addo would have gotten an upper hand in the district. 

As part of the N. P. P’s Presidential Candidate Nana Akuffo Addo’s Hope Restoration Tour, the capital of West Gonja District, Damongo saw, an incredible prospect when all activities were halt, just to welcome Nana Akuffo  Addo and his running mate  Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.

The two with other political leaders including, N.P. P. National  Women's Organizer Madam Otiko  DJaba, former Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Mustahpa Iddrisu  and the aspiring  M. P for West Gonja District Hon Albert Kassim Dewura were in Damongo to pay a courtesy call on the Yagbonwura the King of Gonja land.

As the saying goes, make hay whiles the sun shine, Nana has taken the good opportunity,  to brief out his campaign message to  party sympathizers.

In Ghana, no politician speaks without the issues of the opponent left out. Nana in his delivery, said, President John Evans Atta Mills have made vague promises  to Ghanaians that he was not able to fulfill.

However, unfortunately, for Ghanaians, what the Kufour Administration has done in the past years has also been destroyed; he referred to the   Ghana Educational System and the National Health Insurance Scheme which has fully been deteriorated.

He also made mention of how the Atta Mills government promise to put money into the pocket of Ghanaians but created holes in their pockets instead.

Moreover, Nana cannot sit down without making his agenda known to the audience; he stated that, he has three important things to give to Ghanaians if given the presidential mandate. Better Educational systems, job creation and transparent Government were his concrete offers for Ghanaians.

The Ghanaian educational system is his priority, he promised of making the educational system flexible to all and sundry to be enroll into.  He promised to make the Senior High Education free for Ghanaians. As to how he will achieve it, he has finally revealed that, the measures the Kufour Administration used to achieve the success of the NHIS,  will also be used to make the free S. H. S possible.
Nana Addo said, he is not going to tolerate any woyome's scandal in his government but there is going to be clean, fair and transparent administration. He therefore pleaded with people of Damongo to vote for him in the 2012 December elections in order to make life easier and better for them.

Nonetheless, His running mate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, said the N. P. P ticket is a reflection of National Unity, that is Christians and Muslims will become one to give a better ruling to Ghana.

He expressed bitterly about how the NDC Government have decided to manage the economy with propaganda.   ‘’ As knowledgeable in managing the economy, we are moving Ghana from ‘Woyomisation’ to ‘ Jobilization’. We make sure we create a stable economy and a good environment, for everybody to work and be happy” he said.

Dr. Bawumia said, Ghanaians are not ready for a government that creates better condition for a few, but government that create a better condition for all, and the NPP government is ready to give all Ghanaians a better living condition.

Nana Akuffo Addo and his running mate Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia then moved ahead with the district tour, to visit the Damongo Senior High School and a nearby community called Larabanga.

 Shallom Lumor

Thursday, May 17, 2012

World Vision on progress 14th May 2012

The West Gonja Livelihood and Economic development project is a component of the west Gonja Area Development Program (ADP) under World Vision Ghana.
The project which was established last year aims at improving livelihoods and economic resilience of households and local Institutions in the district.

Moreover, it will achieve this by strengthening the capacity of households and selected local institutions to generate income in pursuit of their livelihoods and social services aimed at financial sustainability and poverty reduction. 

However, in an interview with the Area Development Manager of World Vision Mr. Paul  Azeka, has disclose that the project has so far  empowered 33 savings groups and other business units with resources, knowledge and skills and this support has brought about a rise in income levels for their households.

Again, in about a period of four months ago, 33 savings groups consisting of 924 women have mobilized over GH¢ 21,000 an equivalent of USD 13,125 as loan funds for various income generating activities.

Mr. Azeka confirmed that, the project has also built the capacity of 50 cooperatives leaders in businesses and entrepreneurial skills and this has precipitated an upsurge of businesses in the Damongo and surrounding communities.

Consequentially, the project continues to explore the possibility of diversified income sources of local institutions and households for self-sustenance. The project has supported 350 Households with small ruminants (female and male goats) for rearing which is expected to improve their financial and social services.

The earnings of gari traders and processors have also increased as a result of a capacity building training organized for 50 executives of Gari processing groups in the Damongo Township.
Furthermore, the Area Development Program (ADP) also facilitated the Business Advisory Centre to train and equip 20 bee-keepers as a means of alternative livelihood. The scheme has further supported the training of young girls to acquire vocational skills to be self sustaining.

Again, it has also cared for and supported 60 of the most vulnerable children in the district; the Redemption children home now has a poultry project that supplies table eggs for the children. With an additional small ruminant’s project, the Orphanage is gradually moving to a self sustaining level.

Mr. Azeka said, observations has revealed that  leadership skills is the most important skills in enhancing ones business or an institution, so the World vision has seen  it as an essential investment by  enhancing the leadership skills of local Institutions/partners  which has resulted in improved internal accountability, governance and management practices for programme sustainability.

The capacity of 70 heads of institutions, including churches has been built on good governance and leadership. The project further supported the Gonja Literacy project to develop primers and the training of literacy supervisors to promote functional literacy and which has improved the quality of human resource for development.  

Shallom Lumor

Thursday, April 26, 2012


A total of Twenty (20) Junior High Schools have taken part in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region.
According to the district supervisor Mr. Albert Bonah, nine hundred and thirty – four (934) candidates were registered in the district.
At the Damongo Senior High School centre, six hundred and ninety - seven (697) candidates from fifteen (15) schools were registered, out of which three hundred and sixty five (365) were males and three hundred and thirty – two (332) were females.
 At the Daboya centre, two hundred and thirty- seven (237) candidates from five (5) schools were registered out of which ninety- eight (98) represented females and one hundred and thirty- nine (139) were males.
Five candidates made up of one (1) male and four (4) females were absent at the Damongo centre. Similarly, four (4) candidates, two (2) males and two (2) females were absent at the Daboya centre. This brings to the total number of absenteeism to nine (9).
The District Director of Education Mr. Charles Akatuk and some officials visited the two Centers to observe how the examination was being conducted. According to him the examination started in time and no incidence of any examination malpractice was recorded.
Mr. Charles Akatuk expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination.
He was hopeful that, with the measures that the district undertook to assist candidates before the examination, the results will be better than the previous year.

25TH APRIL 2012

It is known worldwide that, most disasters are due to lack of hazard resistant structures and or buildings as well as poor state of buildings and infrastructure.
Also, buildings that collapsed due to rainstorms and floods in Ghana are partly due to poor siting and construction.

As part of efforts to reduce disasters in Ghana, the National Disaster Management Organization, (NADMO) with assistance from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has come out with a National Building Guide (NBG) to equip artisans and developers with basic knowledge in the construction of lightly loaded structures especially in hazard prone areas of Ghana.

Act 517 of 1996 mandates the National Disaster Management Organization, (NADMO) to manage disasters and similar emergencies in Ghana.
 The Act among others makes NADMO specifically responsible for the implementation of Government policy on Disaster Prevention, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Management as well as the implementation of national, regional and district disaster management plans.
Following the launch of this Guide last year, NADMO has been holding forums in parts of the country to sensitize its major stakeholders.
The West Gonja District has not been left out on this exercise. On 25th April 2012, a forum was held in Damongo, the district capital with stakeholders to sensitize them on the National Building Guide and the need to use it properly.

In his welcome address, the District Planning Officer Mr. Victor Takida on behalf of the DCE noted that, West Gonja is one of the disaster prone areas and was happy that such an exercise was going to take place. He hoped that at the end of the workshop members will put what they have learnt into practice.

On his part Mr. Joseph Ankrah form NADMO headquarters, thanked the DA for their support and entreated participants to consider the nature of building structures in the district and take the necessary measures to avoid disasters.
He said, most natural and man-made disasters are worsen or mitigated by the houses in the communities. Adding that, the more engineered houses are built the more safer and resilient to disasters we become as communities and nation. Hence, Preparing and implementing guide should not be an option but a must.
 He advised them to give a professional touch to their work and not to allow people dictate to them how to go about their work. He further advised them to be united and form associations to enable them come out with fix rates to enhance their work.
Mr. Joseph Ankrah later presented a number of the National Building Guide books to the West Gonja District Assembly. 

Mr. Victor Takida who received the books on behalf of the Assembly said, efforts will be made to ensure that the exercise is replicated in all the Area Councils in the district.
The workshop was organized by NADMO in conjunction with the West Gonja District Assembly.
It brought together Welders, Masons, Carpenters, Traditional leaders, security personnel and Assembly Persons among others.
Two consultants, Mr. John F. Pinkrah and Mr. P.Y.O.Amoah Facilitated the programme.