UW Regional Minister Addresses Workers On May Day


Amidst the vibrant celebrations of May Day, the Upper West Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, delivered speeches that resonated with workers across Ghana.

The address delivered on this auspicious occasion, shed light on the critical role of workers in national development and underscored the challenges they face.

Addressing vociferous workers at the Wa Jubilee Park in the Upper West Region, Hon. Stephen Yakubu emphasized the indispensable contributions of workers to the nation’s progress.

He praised their dedication and resilience, acknowledging them as the driving force behind Ghana’s economic growth.

The Minister assured workers of the government’s commitment to improving wages and conditions, urging peaceful dialogue in addressing labor issues.

He also highlighted the importance of unity and mutual respect, particularly in the context of the upcoming elections.

Delivering a speech on behalf of the National Secretary of TUC, the regional secretary of TUC Brother Godwin Gariba echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the theme chosen by the TUC: “ELECTION 2024: THE ROLE OF WORKERS AND SOCIAL PARTNERS IN SECURING PEACEFUL ELECTIONS FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.”

He stressed the need for all Ghanaians to work together to maintain peace during the electoral process.

Dr. Baah commended the Inspector-General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, for his leadership in ensuring peace and security, highlighting the importance of his role in safeguarding democratic principles.

Dr. Baah also addressed the socio-economic challenges faced by workers, including the high cost of living, inflation, and unemployment. He called for collective action to protect workers’ rights and improve their living standards.

The Secretary General highlighted ongoing efforts to review labor laws and address pension concerns, urging the government to ratify international conventions and tackle issues such as dumsor (power outages) and violence at work.

As Ghana continues on its path of development, the voices of workers remain essential in shaping a brighter future for all citizens.

The May Day celebrations served as a powerful reminder of the invaluable contributions of workers to Ghana’s growth and development. Through their dedication and resilience, workers embody the spirit of solidarity and collective action, driving progress and prosperity across the nation.

Introducing Hon. Stephen Yakubu: The New Upper West Regional Minister

Honorable Stephen Yakubu, brings a wealth of experience to his new role as the Upper West Regional Minister. Formerly serving as the Upper East Regional Minister, his leadership has been reshuffled to the Upper West Region.

As a seasoned politician, Hon. Yakubu contested for the Binduri seat on the NPP ticket and was a member of the 5th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana. His dedication to public service is evident in his impressive electoral performance, securing 50.43% of all valid votes cast.

Born on May 25, 1966, in Gotisaliga-Binduri, Upper East Region, Hon. Yakubu holds a BSc in Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Postgraduate diploma in Information Systems from Thames Valley University Slough, UK.

Beyond his political endeavors, Hon. Yakubu is a devoted family man, married with two children. He is a practicing Christian, actively involved in the Adventist church community.

Profile of Hon. Stephen Yakubu
Hon. Stephen Yakubu is a Ghanaian politician and diplomat. He was Ghana’s Ambassador to Morocco and He was a member of Parliament for Binduri constituency in the Upper East Region of Ghana. He is currently the Upper West Regional Minister after serving as the Upper East Regional Minister from 2021 March to 2024 April.

Early life and education
Stephen Yakubu was born on May 25, 1966, at Gotisaliga-Binduri in the Upper East Region. He obtained a BSc in Planning from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Postgraduate diploma in Information Systems from Thames Valley University Slough, UK.

Yakubu is into Development Planning, Architecture, and Quantity Surveyors.

Political life
Hon Stephen Yakubu is a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He contested for the Binduri seat on the ticket of the NPP. He was a member of the 5th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.

Personal life
He is self-employed and married with two children. He is a Christian and worships with an Adventist church.

Government Initiates Green Policies to Boost Renewable Energy Sector Growth

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially inaugurated the 15 MW Kaleo Solar Power Plant Phase II, effectively boosting the total capacity of Kaleo to 28 MW.

The 15 MW Kaleo Project in the Upper West Region comprises a comprehensive infrastructure setup, including a fully equipped office building, a rooftop solar installation to power auxiliary loads, medium voltage switchgear for power evacuation, a containerized substation, PV panels, inverters, and transformers.

With a firm commitment to sustainable development, the government is spearheading a comprehensive array of policies aimed at promoting green investments, cultivating energy efficiency practices, and advancing the development of solar, wind, and hydroelectric power projects.

These initiatives stand as pivotal strategies in propelling growth within the nation’s energy sector.

President Akufo Addo, in his address at the commissioning of the Kaleo 15 MW Solar Power Plant, emphasized the transformative impact of investing in renewable energy infrastructure.

He highlighted the dual benefits of securing a reliable electricity source while also fostering economic growth and job creation.

The President underscored the significance of the plant not only in powering homes and businesses but also as a catalyst for development in the Upper West Region.

In alignment with these objectives, the government is implementing a series of policies and measures to incentivize green investments and promote energy efficiency.

President Akufo Addo outlined the prioritization of solar and hydroelectric power projects as key strategies for driving growth in the energy sector.

However, the President’s vision extends beyond energy self-sufficiency as he articulated a broader ambition for Ghana to emerge as a leader in eco-friendly practices within the region.

By setting an example, Ghana aims to inspire neighboring countries to embrace sustainable energy solutions and contribute to a greener, more technology-centric future.

President Akufo-Addo called upon all stakeholders to implement prudent maintenance management practices to ensure the effective and sustainable operation of the solar plant to enable it to fulfill its intended purpose of providing clean and reliable energy to the region.

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Hon. Herbert Krapa highlighted the significance of the commissioning of the 15 MW Kaleo Solar Power Plant, emphasizing its role in advancing renewable energy goals.

With current renewable energy contributions set to increase from 2.5% to 10% by 2030, the swift implementation of this initiative aims to push that figure to 20%.

Leveraging the foundation laid by the existing 10 MW plan, the deputy Minister said his ministry is committed to accelerating the transition towards cleaner fuel sources.

Through collaboration with UN Sustainable for all, the Deputy Minister said a national energy transition framework has been developed to guide strategic investments in sustainable energy infrastructure.

Hon. Herbert Krapa added that the commissioning of the project marks a pivotal step toward a more sustainable and resilient energy future

Transition of Leadership in Upper West Region: Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih Hands Over to Hon. Stephen Yakubu

The Upper West Region recently experienced a notable shift in leadership as Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih handed over his role as Regional Minister to Hon. Stephen Yakubu. The transition, marked by a formal ceremony in Wa, signifies a pivotal moment in the region’s governance.

During the handover, Dr. Bin Salih expressed gratitude to the region’s residents for their support and outlined achievements in education, healthcare, and infrastructure. He stressed the importance of collaboration between his administration and the incoming one.

In his response, Hon. Yakubu recognized the challenges ahead and pledged unwavering dedication to advancing the region. He thanked Dr. Bin Salih for his service and leadership.

The event, attended by dignitaries and community leaders, highlighted the collective commitment to a seamless transition. As the new Regional Minister, Hon. Yakubu assumes the responsibility of sustaining progress and addressing the region’s needs.

Right to Information (RTI) Commission Members Pay Courtesy Call to the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council

The Commission members of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill paid a courtesy visit to the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council. Their visit aimed to strengthen ties and discuss their upcoming public lecture within the region. The RTI team, on a mission to engage with the public and educate them about the importance of their work, used the opportunity to brief the Regional Chief Director of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council Mr. Peter Maala on their activities. The Executive Secretary for the right to information Commission, Yaw Sarpong Boateng gave a brief background of the Right to Information (RTI) law and outlined some of the successes the Commission has achieved and the challenges it is facing in the implementation of the law. He appealed to the Regional Coordinating Council for the allocation of dedicated office space for their commission. This request reflects their determination to have a physical presence in the region, making it easier for citizens to access information and engage with the commission. This step underlines the commitment of the RTI board to establish strong working relationships with local authorities. Speaking on behalf of the Upper West Regional Minister, the Chief Director of Regional Coordinating Council, Mr. Peter Maala, assured the delegation of the fullest support and cooperation of the RCC in all the activities of the Commission in the region. He therefore indicated the readiness of the RCC in participating fully in the public lecture to be held on Thursday 9th 2023. The RTI Commission’s visit to the Upper West Region is in line with a scheduled program set to take place at Jahan Training College on Thursday. This program promises to shed light on the RTI bill’s activities and its significance in promoting transparency and accountability. The visit further exemplifies their dedication to creating awareness and fostering partnerships at the regional level. The collaboration between the RTI commission and local authorities holds the potential to empower citizens with the information they need to actively participate in governance.

Building Dreams: Daffiama SHS’s Journey Towards Educational Excellence

Introduction: Nestled in the heart of the Daffiama Bussie Issah district of the Upper West Region lies Daffiama Senior High School, a beacon of hope and opportunity for countless students seeking to realize their academic aspirations.

Despite its rich history and notable academic achievements, Daffiama SHS faces significant challenges in its quest to provide quality education to its students. Headmaster Dambie Osbert Salifu paints a vivid picture of the school’s struggles, from incomplete infrastructure projects to disciplinary issues plaguing the institution.

Undeterred by these obstacles, Mr. Osbert and his team are determined to overcome adversity and create an environment conducive to learning. Their impassioned plea for support from government and other stakeholders underscores their unwavering commitment to the students’ welfare and academic success.

Amidst these challenges, Daffiama SHS continues to shine academically, achieving commendable results in the WASSCE examinations. The recent milestone of recording its highest aggregate score since its establishment serves as a testament to the school’s dedication to excellence.

As Daffiama SHS embarks on its journey towards educational excellence, the support of stakeholders is indispensable. With collaborative efforts and unwavering determination, the school aims to not only overcome its challenges but also pave the way for a brighter future for its students, where dreams are nurtured and aspirations realized.

National Energy Transition Committee Chairman Meets Upper West Regional Minister Ahead of Forum

The Chairman of the National Energy Transition Committee, also serving as the Member of Parliament for Karaga, Honorable Mohammed Amin Adam, paid a courtesy visit to the Upper West Regional Minister to extend an official invitation to the upcoming National Energy Transition Forum in Wa.

Accompanying him were the Deputy Minister for Transport, Alhaji Hassan Tampuli, and representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Energy.

Honorable Mohammed Amin Adam expressed that the purpose of the courtesy call was to formally invite the Upper West Regional Minister to partake in the National Energy Transition Forum. The forum aims to gather stakeholders’ insights to shape the transition process.

Highlighting the potential challenges Ghana may face in the energy transition, Honorable Mohammed Amin Adam stressed the importance of positioning the country to mitigate such difficulties.

He emphasized that the transition plan seeks to equip Ghana to harness the benefits and opportunities arising from the transition, with a focus on engaging communities nationwide to garner support and raise awareness.

Adding to this, Honorable Hassan Tampuli, the Member of Parliament for Gushiegu, emphasized that the national energy plan aims to prepare Ghana for upcoming changes and capitalize on potential opportunities. He reiterated the forum’s objective of exploring areas of advantage and obtaining public consensus.

In response, Honorable Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, expressed gratitude to the delegation for initiating dialogue on the energy transition. He expressed optimism that the program would yield significant benefits for the populace and assured his full support for its success.

Daffiama SHS Authorities Appeal for Urgent Infrastructure Development

Daffiama Senior High School is currently facing critical resource constraints, prompting school authorities to call upon stakeholders for immediate intervention.

During a recent School Performance Appraisal Meeting, Headmaster Dambie Osbert Salifu outlined the pressing challenges hindering effective teaching and learning at the institution. Among these challenges are incomplete infrastructure projects, including a classroom block with toilet facilities and a perimeter fence. Additionally, the school grapples with disciplinary issues among students and staff, such as absenteeism and unprofessional conduct.

Mr. Osbert passionately appealed to the government and other stakeholders for support in addressing these pressing needs. Specifically, he requested the construction of essential facilities like an administration block, additional classrooms, water storage systems, and street lights to enhance student safety. Furthermore, the school urgently requires vehicles for educational trips and administrative purposes, as well as laptops to facilitate learning and administrative tasks.

Despite these challenges, Daffiama SHS has demonstrated commendable academic performance, achieving a remarkable pass rate in the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Notably, the school recorded its highest aggregate score since its establishment in 1991, a testament to its dedication to academic excellence.

As Daffiama SHS strives to maintain its academic prowess, the appeal for infrastructure development remains critical to ensuring quality education for its students. With the support of stakeholders, the school aims to continue its upward trajectory in academic achievement while providing a conducive learning environment for all.

Upper West Region’s Health Sector Review Reveals Concerning Trends and Promising Progress

The Upper West Region’s health landscape has experienced both challenges and successes, as highlighted in the 2023 annual regional health sector performance review meeting held in Wa. Dr. Damien Punguyire, the Regional Director of Health Service, delivered notable insights during the event.

In a concerning revelation, Dr. Punguyire reported a rise in maternal deaths, with 19 recorded in 2023 compared to 16 in the previous year. Additionally, the proportion of deliveries supervised by qualified health workers saw a slight decline from 73% to 71% over the same period.

Despite these challenges, there were notable improvements in certain health indicators. Dr. Punguyire mentioned a decrease in institutional neonatal mortality from 6 to 5 per 1000 live births and a reduction in stillbirth rates from 11 to 7 per 1000 births between 2022 and 2023.

Anemia among pregnant women, however, remained a persistent issue, increasing from 39.8% to 44.2% in 2023. On a more positive note, the proportion of Out-Patient Department (OPD) cases attributable to malaria decreased from 29.4% to 27.5%, with significant reductions in malaria admissions and deaths.

Dr. Punguyire emphasized the importance of addressing weaknesses in the sub-district health system, proposing the development of networks of practice among health facilities to enhance service delivery and upgrade health centers to Model Health Centers.

Speaking on behalf of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Mr. Eric Boateng Frimpong underscored the significance of Primary Health Care (PHC) in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He highlighted the GHS’s achievements in reducing stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates over the past five years, indicating a positive trajectory in healthcare outcomes.

The event, chaired by Professor Juventus Ziem, provided a platform for stakeholders in the health sector to evaluate progress and strategize for improved service delivery to the population.

As the region navigates through challenges and celebrates successes, the commitment to building a resilient health system remains paramount in achieving equitable access to high-quality healthcare for all residents.

Upper West Regional Minister supports Charia Bachu Football Club.

In a heartwarming gesture, Charia Bachu Football Club’s management team extended their deep appreciation to Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Regional Minister, for his generous contributions of footballs and kits. The timely and valuable donation from the Minister has significantly boosted the club’s capabilities, addressing crucial logistics needs.

Facing pressing challenges, the football club found a much-needed ally in the Regional Minister’s donation, and the management conveyed their sincere thanks for the impactful support. They emphasized the positive influence the new equipment is expected to have on the team’s overall performance.

Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, in a warm reception of the club’s delegation, shared the motivation behind his commitment to supporting Charia Bachu Football Club. Having encountered the dedicated young football players during his community engagements, he witnessed their passion despite the lack of proper equipment. In response, Dr. Salih pledged two sets of jerseys, five footballs, and an undisclosed cash amount to bridge this gap.

Underlining the significance of football, the Regional Minister encouraged the players to consider sports as a viable profession with the potential to contribute to reducing unemployment rates in the region. He affirmed the government’s dedication to Charia by announcing plans for the construction of the Wa Charia road, complemented by street lighting. Dr. Bin Salih assured that necessary steps, including securing a contractor, had been taken to initiate these impactful projects.

Expressing a personal connection to Charia, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih emphasized the community’s special place in his heart. He concluded the interaction by assuring the football club and the broader community of the government’s steadfast commitment to bringing more developmental projects to Charia.

With tangible resources and newfound encouragement, Charia Bachu Football Club is now well-equipped to not only enhance its sporting prowess but also to view football as a serious avenue for growth and development in the region. The Minister’s support serves as a catalyst for the club’s aspirations, marking a positive step towards fostering sports and community development in Charia.