Northern Youth Awards 24

The Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED), a civil society organisation championing the cause of social equity in Ghana, will, on October this year in Wa in the Upper West Region, award 24 distinguished personalities for their individual contributions towards the growth and development of the country.

They include Naa Dr CharlesImoroPuoure, theoverlordof Nandom traditional area;Naa Ansoleh Ganaa II; Peter Tenganabang Nanfuri, overlord of Jirapa traditional area;Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, overlord of Bawku traditional area;Naa Cheek Binalibeni Kambonja II, overlord of Kumkomber traditional area;Nyeliboliyu Naa Yakubu Andani Dasana, Regent of Nanumba traditional area; Hudu Mogtari, Chief Executive Officer, Food and Drugs Authority; and Lydia Lariba Bawa, Commissioner of National Insurance Commission.

The rest include Alhaji Yussif Ibrahim, Executive Chairman of Dar- Es Salaam Group of Companies; Alhaji Sami Abudulai Abu-Jajah,Executive Chairman of Jasmedi Group of Companies; Dr Hafez Adam Taher, National Coordinator of Libiefam Malaria Project; Peter Azumah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Maritime Authority; and Kofi Mbiah, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Shippers Authority, among others.

Speaking at the launch of the awards scheme in Wa, the Executive Director of Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED), Prince Hardi Adams, said this year’s edition of the awards would honour 24 distinguished personalities.

Commenting on the categories, he disclosed that the awards have been grouped into three, namely, platinum, gold and diamond.

‘The platinum category is for a major sponsor of the awards; the gold category is also for a sponsor willing to take up a substantial part of the estimated budget; while the diamond category is for those willing to sponsor a subtotal of the estimated budget…,’ he explained.

The awards scheme was initiated by NYUPED in 2012 to honour its patrons as well as individuals and corporate entities that have positively contributed to the socio-economic growth of Ghanaians.

Mr Hardi Adams bemoaned the fact that the three Northern Regions have over the years been neglected by the various governments.

He particularly lamented that Members of Parliament (MPs) from the three poverty-stricken regions have woefully failed to bargain favourably for their people in the distribution of the national cake, adding, ‘most of the time, these representatives become selfish’ and abandon ‘the collective interest’ of their people.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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