The Minister for Business Development, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has presented assorted food items to the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Naa Abukari II ahead of the Damba festival in the coming days. The items included 30 bags of 50kg rice, several bags of maize, a bull and an amount of money as his personal support for the celebration.
Accordingly, a similar donation was also presented to the Paramount Chiefs of Mion, Naa Abdulai Mahamadu, the Yoo Naa, Abdulai Yakubu Andani and the Kari-Naa, Abdulai Naatogmah Tuesday, 27 October, 2020.
Ya Naa Abukari II after receiving the donation at the Gbewa Palace prayed for Dr Ibrahim Awal and the government. The Ya Naa pledged to support the government to ensure a violence free 2020 election in December.
The Business Development Minister, Dr Ibrahim Awal in an interview with Journalists urged the youth in the northern region to always preach peace and give Ya Naa their support and cooperation to strengthen the existing peace in the area.
He emphasized that the Damba festival is an occasion to bring more peace and unity in the area. He maintained that without peace there cannot be development in the region, adding that, “Dagbon has lagged behind because of chieftaincy problems in the past.”
Violent free election
Dr Awal advised the Ghanaian Youth especially in the north not to allow self-seeking politicians to use them to foment mayhem in the run up to the 2020 general election.
He noted the election would not be about Abudu and Andani but about the development of the country.
“We want development in Dagbon, we’ve lagged behind too much and we cannot afford to go about fighting again. So, the youth, women and everybody should come together because President Nana Akufo-Addo has resolved the broken peace in Dagbon and what we have to do to honor our President is to maintain the peace he has brought to us”
Dr Awal implored the Chiefs and people in the area to rally behind the Ya Naa so that Dagbon can see the needed development.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Overlord in a brief media interaction highly commended Dr Ibrahim Awal and the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the endless support to the Gbewa palace and called on other well-meaning Dagombas to emulate the exemplary life and leadership of the Business Development Minister.