There was a clash between Bukurusung youth, supporters of Rashid Tanko, the newly appointed Youth Employment Agency (YEA) Coordinator and the Gbewa Youth Group at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) when Alhassan Umar, outgoing Acting Regional Director of YEA, was handing over to him (Rashid Tanko) at a short ceremony.
It took the timely intervention of the military and the police to separate the two youth groups who were battling in a Rambo style at the entrance of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).
A National Democratic Congress (NDC) group in Tamale called the Coalition of Youth Groups, has referred to the regional treasurer, Mr. Rashid Tanko, as a shark and urged President Dramani Mahama to revoke his appointment as the Coordinator of the Youth Employment Agency.
In a petition presented to the RCC, the youth group accused Tanko of defrauding the NDC over GH¢40,000.00 meant for party activities in the region.
According to the deputy secretary of the group, Nuredeen Wemah, Rashid Tanko was indicted in a report for embezzlement at the National Health Insurance when he was the Northern Regional manager of the scheme.
He indicated that considering the upcoming general election and the position of Rashid Tanko, he (Tanko) could not help the party to win massively in the region and therefore should be removed immediately.
It will be recalled that some NDC youth (Gbewa Youth Group) in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital, accused the regional chairman of the party, Sofo Azorka, of overturning a decision by the Board of the YEA to appoint Abdul Rashid Tanko aka Computer, as the Northern Regional Director of the scheme.
The Gbewa group accused Sofo Azorka of threatening the Chief of Staff that he would sanction Tamale if Abdul Rashid Tanko was not appointed the new YEA Coordinator, indicating that “we are equally telling the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, not to pay heed to what Sofo Azorka says, if the government and the party want peace in the region.”
The NDC youth said they were reliably informed that the Chief of Staff had directed the Board to rather appoint Abdul Rashid Tanko, the party’s regional director of elections, as the director of YEA in the region.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the secretary of the Gbewa Youth Group, Isuben Nagumsi said, “We will resist any attempt to impose anyone who does not have the youth of the party at heart; we are prepared to fight anybody who thinks he can take the group for granted, including Sofo Azorka.”
Bukurusung NDC Youth Respond
Meanwhile, another youth group calling itself Bukurusung Youth Group, has come out to defend the appointment of Rashid Tanko, indicating that the group was agitating for his appointment as deputy minister of state, considering his enormous experience in party administration and election management.
FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale