Regional News of Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Tamale, July 11, GNA - The Northern Ghana Aid (NOGAID), a Tamale-based international NGO, on Tuesday described as unnecessary an intended demonstration on July 11 in Wa by a group of people. Mr. Mustapha Sanah, Executive Chairman of NOGAID, told the media in Tamale that the use of demonstration as a method to put pressure on governments to address some of the imbalance and inequalities between the north and the south was not the best.
Mr. Sanah was reacting to a press statement issued in Accra by a group calling itself The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPA) that the group was organising a demonstration to address lapses in development pattern between the north and the south.
He said "I would rather encourage the organisers of the intended demonstration to advise citizens of the north to concentrate in constructive analysis and engagements with key players in the development industry to redeem the situation."
He said it was necessary for all to contribute towards addressing development imbalance of the north and advised the NORPA not to use any means to further worsen the situation but rather strive to create national cohesion and stability.
Mr. Sanah said all northerners were law abiding and were ready to support any group that was development oriented rather than groups that would not like to use the negotiating table to address problems. He said poverty in the north and the inequalities between north and south needed the collective effort of all northerners and with the support of central government and stakeholders to address the problem.