Students and Members of NYUPED at the launch. Insert (right corner) is Prince Hardi Adams, the Executive Director, presenting an award to Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo in 2013.
This year’s Northern Youth for Peace and Development (NYUPED) National Achievers’ awards ceremony has been launched at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The ceremony, slated for October 2014 at Bolgatanga, seeks to honour individuals and corporate entities whose feats or contributions have impacted society positively.
Eminent personalities who would be honoured include Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (the Asantehene), Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu (the National Chief Imam), Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa II (the Yagbonwura), Naa Bohugu Mahama Abbulai (the Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional area), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings (founder, 31st December Women’s Movement), Paul Afoko (National Chairman, New Patriotic Party) and Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan (Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service).
Others are Kwesi Nyantakyi (President of the Ghana Football Association), Sule Ali Muntari (Ghanaian Footballer), Moses Asaga (CEO of the National Petroleum Authority), Daniel Syme (Deputy Minister of the Upper East Region), Dr. H.A Wemah, (Chairman and Founder, Northern Development Forum), Major Albert B. Don Chebe (Rtd) (the Director General of GBC), Alhaji-Adams Issahaku (Founder and Managing Director, Hajj Adams Memorial Clinic), Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong (founder and CEO, Zoom Lion Company Limited) and Dr. Abdul Nashiru Alhasan (Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana).
The rest are Dr. Alhassan Yakubu (the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture), Mark Woyongo (the Minister of Defense), Dr. David Abdulai Fuseini (Founder, Shekhinah Hospital), Sumaila Abdul-Raman (Country Director, Action Aid Ghana), Amadu Tanko (Program Manager, Star Ghana), Rev. Eastwood Anaba (the Founder of Fountain Gate Chapel International), Mrs. Joyce Bawa Mogtari (the Deputy Minister of Transport), Mrs. Sanatu Nantogma (the National Director of Christian Children Fund of Canada, Ghana) and Alhaji Zakaria Ibrahim (the Founder and Executive Chairman of Nasona Group of Companies).
Speaking at the launch, Prince Hardi Adams, the Executive Director of NYUPED, said that the awards were to show the youth, especially the marginalized and the vulnerable in the Northern Region, that there are people who are determined to alleviate poverty and depravation.
Prince Adams also called on President Mahama to restructure the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) to benefit the people of the 3 northern regions.
He called for the prosecution of members of the defunct SADA Board, including the former Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Gilbert Iddi and Roland Agambire, the Chairman of AGAMS Group of Companies.
Prince Hardi Adams bemoaned the fact that the President’s appointees do not respect or take orders from the Presidency. Most Ministers and government’s communicators, according to him, are out of order and the President himself seems to be confused. He blamed President Mahama and his appointees’ conducts for the current economic woes in the country.
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