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Regional News of Wednesday, 12 December 2018


REGSEC assesses construction of old Gbewaa Palace

The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in collaboration with the Yendi Municipal Security Committee, on Tuesday paid a visit to the old Gbewaa Palace in Yendi to assess the level of work done with regards to the construction of a temporary palace.

The construction of the palace is to help facilitate the performance of the final funeral rites of the two late rulers of Dabgon, Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulai IV and Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II.

It was also part of the implementations of the road map to peace in Dagbon, an initiative rolled out by the Asantehene-led Committee of Eminent Chiefs to see to it that the final funeral rites were peacefully performed as well as paving way for the enskinment of a new Ya-Na for Dagbon.

Some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and other stakeholders in peace-building joined the REGSEC for the visit.

As contained in the road map, the final funeral rites for the Ya-Na Mahamadu Abdulai IV would be performed from December 14 to December 28 this year 2018, while that of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II would also be held from January 4 to January 19, 2019.

REGSEC also paid a courtesy call to the royal gates of the traditional seats of Dabgon in Yendi.

Mr Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional Minister, expressed satisfaction at the progress of work at the construction site as the constructors were up to the task of completing the edifice on time for the ceremonies to kick start.

"Though there were some debris that ought to be cleared, I am sure by tomorrow, December 12, 2018, the temporal palace will be ready," he said.

Mr Saeed commended the Kuga Naa, Boling-Lana and the Kampakuya Naa for lending their support and commitment to see to it that the two funerals were performed in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity for the good name of Dagbon.

He urged all family members and well-wishers to come out in their numbers and see how they could interact and support the families to smoothly perform their funeral rites peacefully. He appealed to the people of the Yendi Township to peacefully welcome all and sundry and urged them to cooperate with the security through-out the ceremonies to promote peace.

Mr Yakubu Alhassan, the supervisor for the construction of the Palace, said for the past six days, workers have been working hard within the time frame given to them and that about 95 per cent of the work had been done.

He assured that by the close of tomorrow December 12, 2018 the work would be complete and ready for handover to the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive.

Though security is tight in Yendi, the environment is currently calm and peaceful as residents are going about their daily activities without any intimidations.

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