Yaa Naa

His Royal Majesty, Yaa Naa Abukari II has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to consider the renaming of the Tamale International Airport after Na Gbewaa, the founder of the Mole-Dagbani tribes.

President Akufo-Addo in his penultimate State of the Nation Address last week announced plans to rename the Kumasi International Airport and the Tamale Airport after Nana Agyeman Prempeh I International Airport and Yakubu Tali International Airport respectively.

However, the Dagbon Overlord, in a statement said renaming of Tamale International Airport after the late Paramount Chief of Tolon, Naa Yakubu Tali will draw the Dagbon traditional state and the entire Northern Region into needless controversy.

He added this will also be contentious and counterproductive.

Below is the full statement:


I bring you fraternal royal greetings from the Gbewaa Palace, with a fervent hope and prayer that you are in good health and in high spirit.

I would like to draw your attention to your wish to renamed the Tamale International Airport as Yakubu Tali International Airport. This is unacceptable idea to me and majority of citizens of Dagbon.

The renaming of Tamale International Airport after Tolon Naa Yakubu will be contentious and counterproductive. It will draw our traditional state and entire Northern Region into needless controversy.

As then Yo-Na Abukari VII, I personally and voluntarily released the substantial lands covering the entire expansion areas of the airport to the government of Ghana to undertake this important infrastructural development.

Since this proposal was announced, the Gbewaa Palace has been inundated with calls and other forms of communications pleading that this proposal be shelved. It is the considered opinion of many people and traditional leaders in the region is that such recognition is bestowed on Na Gbewaa.

Accept my compliments of the highest consideration.