Sissala East: Missing School Girl Found Dead

Chief Inspector Gideon Ohene Boateng, Upper West Regional Police PRO

Miss Niamatu Sumaila, a teenager of the Basissan Basic School in the Sissala East Municipality in Upper West Region has been found dead under a tree after she reportedly went missing a few days ago.

Photo of Deceased

Alhaji Pio Sumaila Yakubu, the Paramount Chief of the Banu Traditional Area reported the incident to the Tumu Police.

A search team was dispatched to the community where she was found dead under a small tree at Kpari near Basissan.

Dr. Charles Agyekum Woode, the Medical Director at the Tumu Municipal hospital who visited the scene with the Police and members of the community, discovered the girl lying under a tree, which was later identified by the father, Mr Braimah Chiraseh.

Dr Agyekum Woode said although no marks of violence were found on the body an autopsy would be conducted on the deceased and a report submitted in due course of the highly decomposed body. which was later released to the family for burial.

According to Mr Seidu Hudu, Assembly member for the Banu Electoral Area, who narrated the incident to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said, “Niamatu Sumaila closed from school on Tuesday, 5th July, 2022.

She prepared some rice for the family and left for the bush to look for some vegetables known in the local dialect as foga”.

He said the parents of the deceased returned from the farm at about 1900 hours,and were told that she had gone to the bush to harvest some vegetables.

“The search team walked around and saw a spot where she struggled with her murderer (s) and her panties and waist beads found torn and thrown around, kept her under shrubs, naked with only her shirt on, and then covered her with some leaves”, the assembly member said.

The death of the schoolgirl adds to another gruesome murder of a gold dealer, Mr Zakaria Borsuwie Luri (Zak Sissala) who was killed on 2nd April 2022 by suspected armed robbers in the same Banu Paramountcy of which the Police are yet to find the culprits.

Meanwhile, a Police post established in Banu with a barrier to maintain security in the area had been abandoned, with the Police citing the absence of structures and logistics in the town which is about 50km from Tumu.


Sissala East: A Sigh of Relief to Little Basi Sule Rahinatu

The Little Girl with Rickets was treated

Little Basi Sule Rahinatu is a twin sister of Basi Sule Rahantu who both hail from Timbaga in the Sissala East Municipal of the Upper West Region, they are both 14 years old, currently in class 6 and both attend Bandei Basic School which is a little distant from their community.

Once upon a time, as part of an exercise to document physical challenges of all basic schools in Sisaala East Municipal and Sisaala West District. A project initiated by Sisaala community in diaspora specifically UK, I came across a school pupil in an extremely demoralized, dejected, and hopeless appearance from all indications and at just a glance.
This girl’s reason was simply her disability that, has left her unable to walk even 15 meters without taking a rest and hence the dream of frequent commutting from Home in Timbaga To her school in Bandei was becoming a mirage as her soul was willing but the body unable to.

Though spotted in the classroom, further interaction with her indicates her decisions of quitting schooling until something is done to her disability of which she is aware something could be done to correct it.
My swift intervention of drawing some philanthropists attention to the plight of Rahinatu was met with an equally swift response where money was sent  down to support the girl’s surgery.
This kind gesture indeed brought to sigh of relief to Rahinatu’s immediate family,class mates, teachers and the entire community.
In the company of the head teacher for Bandei basic school, representatives from Sissala East Municipal Educational Service we travels to Wa where she under went the surgery and handed over the money to the mother of the victim.
Today, little Rahinatu is back to class with her face full of smiles and even poised to continue her education.

Any little support to get her books,sanitary pads and school bag will be appreciated as she re-engages.

Special Thanks to the following persons:

The sponsors :
Mr.Kanton Baveru Godwin and Mr Wahab aka Loco all based in UK.
GES especially Mr Kanton Baveru Godfred aka Gobik and My Nicolas
To :
Mr Bagon Issahaku the head teacher and Mr Wuttirira Inusah her class teacher.

By: Ayamga Bawa Fatawu

Sissala East: Tumu St. Clare Graduates 30 Students, Appeals to Gov’t to pay Casual Staff

Tumu St. Clare Vocational School

A total of 30 students have graduated from St. Clares Technical Institute during its 27th congregation ceremony held at Tumu.

They graduated in Fashion Design Technology, Hospitality and Catering Management, Textile Hand Weaving, Information and Communication Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

Sister Catherine Naaeke, the Principal of the Institute indicated at the congregation that out of the 30 graduands, 44 students got enrolled into the school in 2019, however, 14 students dropped out along the line.

She said out of the 30 graduands, seven graduands had the qualifications to pursue regular degree programmes whilst 16 could pursue Higher National Diploma courses with the rest qualifying for advance courses at the Polytechnics.

She appealed to the government and stakeholders especially parents to support the school, adding that the school was faced with numerous challenges including lack of infrastructure, non-payment of 12 casual staff yet to be put on the government payroll, absence of tutors for English Language, Integrated Science, Social studies, Catering, Information Communication Technology, Electricals, and weaving.

“With the introduction of the free Technical Vocational Education Training for all, we declared a vacancy for 140 students to be placed, but the inadequate infrastructure allowed us to accommodate only 83.

“We have only a few staff bungalows and so most of the staff stay outside the school premises making monitoring of students a challenge and we still have no dormitory block for the boys,” she said.

She commended the government for the donation of a 33-seater bus but said transportation for administrative work was still a challenge in the institute.

Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency commended the principal and staff for their efforts in managing the school.

He urged the graduands to take advantage of the skills acquired to start a trade or further their education.

Mr Yakubu Fuseini Batong, the Sissalla East Municipal Chief Executive assured that the government would continue to make strides in making education a right not a privilege for everyone.

“That is why the government has refocused vocational education is not specific trade such as automobile mechanic welders, which was associated with lower social classes, but have to redirect our thinking on how to educate our children to avoid the long queue of getting formal employment,” he said.

Kuoro Zakaria Savei Mahmoud, Kong Kuoro who represented the Paramount Chief appealed to the principal to work with the Member of Parliament to get the 12 staff of the school the process of putting them onto the government payroll to ensure effective teaching and learning.

He appealed for business Start- ups for the graduands to begin something on their own from the Sissala East Assembly and other development partners to put their training to practice.

Source: GNA

President Akuffo Addo to visit Tumu on 3RD October


The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister has announced in Tumu the President His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo will be in Tumu for a visit on 3rd October, 2017. The Minister in telling stakeholders locked in educational fora in the Sissala East District Assembly organised by the Assembly did not give a reason for the visit of his Excellency. “It’s a privilege for me to be part of this meeting in fact I was not aware of this, I came here to meet the DCE on some other important discussion: the President will be visiting the Upper West Region on the 2nd of October, 2017, we all want development and it can only be anchored on education, to get it, we need to harness the human resources of the people through education.

Anything that we will do that will affect our education positively I fully support it, the last time I looked at our educational report of the region, its been going down in the upper west region”. He gave a rational behind the free Senior High School as supporting Parents whose investment during this period of the year are locked up on farms.

He commended the DCE and the assembly for organising this programme and was hopeful this will lead to an improved education in the area. Hon. Amidu Chinnia on behalf of the President and the Regional minister reiterated that, the NPP government has already started improving on education quality through access creation.

On free senior high school he says all of us as a country supports the policy the only difference is the mode of implementation” He added that this government has taken the bold step. He reminded parents that the pride of every parent is to see the growth of their children and the property you look for you need a responsible children to take over from you and this can be achieve by monitoring and supporting them with their needs.

He encouraged all stakeholders to double up on supervision and ask all stakeholders to play their roles. He mentioned government resolved to providing the needed resource to the directorate of education especially their vehicles which he described as further weakened by the low subvention but promised to work to improve. “whatever we need to improve education will be done”

Credit: Radford Fm

Three communities in Sissala East District to be connected to the national grid

The Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency, Abass Ridwan Dawda has disclosed to Radford News that three communities namely Bachemboi, Duu and Bawiisibelle would in the coming days be connected to the national grid. This is possible after some transformers were arranged for the contractor to get back to site and ensure the community that have suffered in the dark gets lights.

The honorable MP who was speaking on the Masie Breakfast Show Tuesday morning disclosed, that five transformers would be brought and distributed to the selected communities and would be connected by Saturday, he added that two of the transformers would be given to Duu as well as Bawiisibelle and one would be sent to Bachemboi community for connection.

Hon Ridwan however advised the three communities to prepare and avail themselves Northern Electricity GRIDCO for the electricity company to connect the light in to their various homes and stores. The communities have been without electricity for years even after Tumu was connected to the national grid in 1992. A recent china water electrification drive skipped the communities.

Sissala East Assembly Fails To Meet Revenue Targets For First Quarter, 2017

The Sissala East Districts Assembly have not been able to reach its set target for revenue mobilization for the first quarter of 2017.

GHC138, 330.00 was the revenue target but GHC73, 337.00 was collected making a representation of 53%. Bujan area council had performed credibly in revenue mobilization as the other area councils made less efforts.

The area council mobilized GHC15,165.00, Nabulo area council generated 6, 389.00, Wellembelle had 4,489.00, Tumu town council generated 3,416.00 and Sakai area council had 2,760.00. The assembly finance unit also generated 41,118.00.

With the said revenue performance, some assembly members questioned the poor performance in revenue mobilization by someone of the area councils especially the Tumu town council which has the largest land mark with more revenue potential’s but has never outweighs any of the remaining. However, investment returns of the assembly is also about 36,005.00 that has been generated from the assembly ‘s grader, the canteen, tipper truck and it’s guest house. The assembly has received one share of its common fund at the sum of 79,000.00. Notwithstanding, the DCE Hon Karim Nanyua stated the short fall in the receipt is due to advance payment of parts of the common fund to finance social investment projects.

He expressed hope that the deductions will end so that the assembly can enjoy remaining releases in full.

By David Luri/Tumu/