Former President John Dramani Mahama will on Monday begin a five-day flagbearership campaign tour of the Eastern Region. John Mahama will tour every constituency in the region to greet and interact with delegates, ahead of the flagbearership election of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) later this month. Already, the former president’s campaign has taken him to every constituency in the Central, Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions. Also, Mr Mahama has visited all constituencies in the Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Western Regions to seek the mandate of delegates to lead the NDC to victory in the 2020 general elections. Former President Mahama has been speaking to delegates about his plans to develop the NDC into a modern and vibrant political party, his commitment to improve the implementation of the chaotic Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy and his resolve to eliminate the double track system in secondary education by investing in additional classroom blocks and dormitories as well as the completion of the remainder of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools started by the NDC administration and abandoned by the current regime. He says secondary education is a once in a life time experience for students and he wants to ensure that all SHS students are in school at the same time so that they can have adequate contact hours with their teachers to enable them excel in their final examinations. The plight of cocoa farmers, including the government’s decision to sell fertilizer marked “not for sale” and abandoned cocoa roads, artisanal mining and the present economic hardship, among others, have all been major talking points for Mr Mahama on the campaign trail. The former president has also been promising to work hard to provide jobs and reduce the high cost of living in the country when elected in the 2020 presidential election.

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The final funeral rites of the late Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Yakubu Andani II, will continue, in accordance with the peace roadmap, the Committee of Eminent Chiefs chaired by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has said.

A press statement from the Manhyia Palace on Saturday, 12 January 2019, said: “On Sunday, 13 January 2019, all customary processes will continue to pave the way for the performance of the funeral by the elders of the Andani royal family”.

The release added that: “On Thursday, 17 January 2019, Kampakuya Na Andani Yakubu Abdulai will perform the circumambulation to complete the funeral process on Friday, 18 January 2019”.

The statement further noted: “On the evening of Friday, 18 January 2019, the accredited elders of Dagbon, will enter the sacred seclusion to consult the traditional oracles for the selection of a new Ya Na”.

The statement followed a news conference held by a section of the Andani royal family in Tamale at which they announced the postponement of the funeral until the government improved the security situation in the Yendi Municipality. Another section of the family, however, insisted that the funeral continues as planned.

The Andani royal family began the funeral rites of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani II on Friday, 11 January 2019, with the hair shaving ritual but the activities were marred by sporadic shooting.

Several people sustained gunshot wounds including one military officer during the exchange of fire between the joint military and police team and a group of youth. One person died in the skirmishes and a few homes torched.

The Committee of Eminent Chiefs has subsequently directed the Northern Regional Security Council to provide adequate security to facilitate the smooth performance of the funeral and the selection of a new Ya Na.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu and other top security officials have arrived in the Northern Region. Calm has also returned to Yendi after Friday’s violent clashes.

Source:Ghana/Dinpafm.com/91.3

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