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Politics of Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Groups laud Nana Addo’s choice of Northern Regional Minister

Several groups within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region, have unanimously endorsed Salifu Saeed’s nomination as the Northern Regional Minister designate.

These include the United Zongo for Bawumia, NPP Northern Region constituency Chairmen caucus, the party’s regional secretariat and Kukuo NPP youth. Salifu Saeed, if approved by Parliament’s Appointments Committee, will be the first Northern Regional Minister from the Nanung Traditional Area in Ghana’s fourth Republic.

The aforementioned groups in a Citi News interview said President Nana Akufo Addo’s selection of the former Nanumba North (Bimbila) District Chief Executive is in the right direction.

United Zongo for Bawumia Spokesperson of the United Zongo for Bawumia, Abdul Karim Oliver, remarked that, “Salifu Saeed’s appointment reaffirms the President’s commitment to the four paramountcies in the Northern Region comprising Dagbon, Mamprugu, Yagbong and Nanung.”

He recalled Salifu Saeed’s achievements as a former DCE saying, “As a District Chief Executive, he added a philosophy of liberation that in its literate defense of the right of individuals, its educated revulsion against violence and mob inflaming incendiary and more especially its mantra of assuring and giving hope to the youth which got him the catchy phrase you can be sure.”

“Salifu Salifu presided over a district that was sharply divided as a result of a protracted chieftaincy dispute, and united the factions to the best of his ability and admiration of all. It is these excellent leadership qualities, vast experience, hard work and service above self that the United Zongo for Bawumia never thought the President was wrong in making this decision,” Abdul Karim Oliver emphasized.

NPP constituency Chairmen caucus

The Northern Region NPP Constituency Chairmen caucus described Salifu Saeed as a time-tested politician, and a unifier capable of administering the region.

The Spokesperson, Imoro Issahaku Jamal Olando, reposed confidence in Salifu Saeed’s ability to galvanize the people for constructive purposes. He pledged the party leadership’s unflinching support to enable him deliver his mandate.

Salifu Saeed’s profile

Salifu Saeed, who is affectionately called “You can be sure” was born in Bimbila. He was the Nanumba North District Chief Executive during the erstwhile Kufour led NPP administration. Politically, he was campaign assistant to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s 2016 campaign team and doubled as a member of the NPP 2016 Manifesto Committee on Infrastructure.

Salifu Saeed until his appointment was the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Commodities and Logistics Company Limited. He was a Co-Director of the Savannah Integrated Rural Development Aid and also served as Programmes Officer, Action Aid/Community Action for Development Partnership.

He holds Masters of Development Management (With Research) from the Ghana Institute of management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He acquired B.A Integrated Development Studies from the University for Development Studies (UDS).

As a social development expert, he will be coordinating 26 districts in the region and one of the priority areas he is expected to tackle is poverty reduction.

Recent Former Northern Regional Ministers include Abubakari Abdullah (Mamprusi), Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna (Gonja) and Moses Bukari Mabengba (Konkomba).