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COURTESY CALL

On Thursday 2nd June 2022, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih together with members of the Regional Security Council, paid a courtesy call on , His Eminence Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr at his residence to congratulate him on his elevation to the position of a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by the Pope.
The Minister wished him well in his new position and pledged the support of the Region for him to succeed.
His Eminence Richard Kuuia Baawobr is the third Cardinal in Ghana after Cardinal Dery and Appiah Turkson. He was named as part of 21 new Cardinals around the world announced by Pope Francis on Sunday (May 29, 2022).
The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals, of whom 117 are electors and 91 non-electors. As of 27 August, the number will grow to 229 Cardinals, of whom 131 will be electors.
Eight of the newly named Cardinals are from Europe, six from Asia, two from Africa, one from North America, and four from Central and Latin America.
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The Regional Security Council Members on the directive of the Upper West Regional Minister Hon. Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, visited all victims of the Wa land dispute shooting incident

The Regional Security Council Members on the directive of the Upper West Regional Minister Hon. Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, visited all victims of the Wa land dispute shooting incident including the deceased families to sympathize with them and to assure them that justice will be served. The Minister is currently attending a cabinet retreat in Accra and could not join the delegation. Consequently, he directed the Regional Security Council to immediately visit all the victims to see how they are doing and assure them of justice on the matter.
On the early hours of Thursday, 17th March 2022, there was a land dispute in a suburb of Wa leading to gun shots where five innocent people were shot leaving two dead and three others injured. The injured were receiving treatment at the Municipal Hospital in Wa but have now been discharged.
The suspect who did the shooting has since been arrested by the Upper West Regional Police Command and investigation has commenced. The suspect was arraigned before court and remandered into police custody. The CID Headquarters has taken over the case and has assured the general public that justice would be served and that all persons found culpable would be brought to book to face the law.
Speaking to affected victims of the incident on Sunday morning, Lt. Col. Francis Kwasi Gyemah called on the deceased families and other victims on behalf of the Regional Minister to remain calm and assured them that justice would be served. He noted that, the Upper West Regional Minister has not been sleeping on the matter since Thursday and that anyone found taking the law into his hands would face the law accordingly. He added that the Minister as chairman of REGSEC was so passionate about the matter and would ensure that culprits of the incident would not go unpunished.
The five victims include, Mr Stephen L. Mane a retired lecturer at Dr. Hilla Liman Technical University who is deceased, Mr. Alhassan Iddrissu a staff of UBIDS who is also deceased, Umar Amin, Haruna Umar and Hamza Erasung Hammad a student of UBIDS..
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Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin opened and participated in a training Workshop on Public Procurement and Contract Management for Procurement Officers, MMDCEs and MMDCDs in the Upper West Region.

Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin opened and participated in a training Workshop on Public Procurement and Contract Management for Procurement Officers, MMDCEs and MMDCDs in the Upper West Region.
Procurement entities are required to ensure fairness, transparency and non-discrimination in the Public Procurement as well as effective contract management in order to promote competitiveness and confidence of all stakeholders. However, many state agencies face various bottlenecks in the implementation of the public Procurement Law 2003(Act 663 and Amended in Act 914), regulations and guidelines.
As a stop-gap measure, the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Program organized a two day training Workshop on Public Procurement and Contract Management for officers in the Upper West Region to help enhance their knowledge and expose them to emerging issues in Public Procurement and Contract Management.
The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih while opening the workshop on Thursday morning, appealed to practitioners especially Municipal and District Chiefs Executives to strictly adhere to the Public Procurement Act.
He noted that, he will not hesitate to offer up any appointee or officer under his jurisdiction found guilty of such accusations for prosecution.
According to the Minister, various projects were in the pipeline in the course of the 2022 fiscal year and beyond.
He added that as practitioners who will be in charge of the procurement and administration of these contracts, all officers should demonstrate professionalism and ensure that there is value for money.
Dr Bin Salih pledged the continuous support of the Regional Coordinating Council in organizing such capacity building sessions and continuous professional development courses for officers in the service to build their capacity.
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Wa land dispute shooting incident

The Regional Security Council Members on the directive of the Upper West Regional Minister Hon. Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, visited all victims of the Wa land dispute shooting incident including the deceased families to sympathize with them and to assure them that justice will be served. The Minister is currently attending a cabinet retreat in Accra and could not join the delegation. Consequently, he directed the Regional Security Council to immediately visit all the victims to see how they are doing and assure them of justice on the matter.
On the early hours of Thursday, 17th March 2022, there was a land dispute in a suburb of Wa leading to gun shots where five innocent people were shot leaving two dead and three others injured. The injured were receiving treatment at the Municipal Hospital in Wa but have now been discharged.
The suspect who did the shooting has since been arrested by the Upper West Regional Police Command and investigation has commenced. The suspect was arraigned before court and remandered into police custody. The CID Headquarters has taken over the case and has assured the general public that justice would be served and that all persons found culpable would be brought to book to face the law.
Speaking to affected victims of the incident on Sunday morning, Lt. Col. Francis Kwasi Gyemah called on the deceased families and other victims on behalf of the Regional Minister to remain calm and assured them that justice would be served. He noted that, the Upper West Regional Minister has not been sleeping on the matter since Thursday and that anyone found taking the law into his hands would face the law accordingly. He added that the Minister as chairman of REGSEC was so passionate about the matter and would ensure that culprits of the incident would not go unpunished.
The five victims include, Mr Stephen L. Mane a retired lecturer at Dr. Hilla Liman Technical University who is deceased, Mr. Alhassan Iddrissu a staff of UBIDS who is also deceased, Umar Amin, Haruna Umar and Hamza Erasung Hammad a student of UBIDS..
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GREEN GHANA DAY FOR UPPER WEST REGIONAL COORDINATING COUNCIL

The government of Ghana intends to plant five million trees in a day across the country as an initial programme under its Green Ghana Project.
The trees are scheduled to be planted on June 11 this year and Ghanaians would be mobilised to plant trees on the day and nurture them to maturity as a way of contributing to the preservation of the environment.
In the Upper West Region, the exercise would commence with the Upper West Regional Minister Dr Hafiz Bin Salih planting a tree. Join the Uppe Regional Minister tomorrow 11th June 2021 to plant a tree under the Green Ghana Project to preserve our vegetation. The Upper West Region is expected to plant 150,000 trees across the region.