Wa West District ‘leads’ Upper West with teenage pregnancy cases

District Chief Executive for Wa West, Laabiri Edward Sobo has expressed worry over the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the district.

Even though Mr Sobo failed to give the percentage of teenagers who are pregnant, he claimed the district has the highest rate in the Upper West Region.

The DCE made the statement at the 57 anniversary celebration of Republic Day at Wechiau.

He urged parents to be responsive and for the public to be supportive in keeping their roles as gate keepers of the society.

Mr. Laabiri said the NPP government and its development partners are doing their best to improve girl child education for girls to realize their fullest potential in life.

“If we allow teenage pregnancy to wipe away these investments, we are but shooting ourselves in the foot,” he noted.

He added that the purpose of the government policies in education sector like the Free Senior High School and other laudable policies, would be defeated if the issues are not tackled immediately.

Mr. Laabiri congratulated the Wechiau Traditional Council for initiating a programme to reduce to the barest minimum, the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the district.

He entreated traditional authorities whom he described as the embodiment of their cultural heritage, to consider the length of time used for the performance of funeral rites.

The Wa West DCE urged the Senior Citizens to take advantage of government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs, to boost food production in the district as well as discouraging the youth from migrating to the southern belt of the country in search of non-existent jobs.

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Wa West: Pornyamayiri JHS wins debate on ending child marriage

Pornyamayiri Junior High School (JHS) put up an impressive performance to win a closely contested debate competition on the topic: “Ending child marriage in the Wa West District.”

The school scored 75.7 per cent marks to beat Baleufili JHS, which scored 72.7 to place second and Ga JHS, third with 71.3 per cent.

The all-girls affair debate saw contestants displaying their knowledge on what child marriage is; its causes and effect on victims, their families and communities; legislations against the practice and penalties for perpetrators; and the role of parents, communities, the girls themselves and other stakeholders on ending child marriage in the district.

Contestants of all three schools demonstrated good knowledge of all areas but Pornyamayiri JHS distinguished themselves by displaying extensive knowledge on the legislations against the practice and thus carried the day.

Contestants from the winning school took away three note books, a dictionary, a mathematical set and school bag each as their prizes while the second and third positions took home the same prize excluding the school bag.

The debate was organised by the Department of Children in partnership with the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) with sponsorship from Plan International Ghana.

Mr Sebastian Ziem, a Principal Investigator at CHRAJ explained that the purpose of the debate was to expose the girls to the menace of child marriage, which was high in the district in order that they would know their rights and resist anybody who wanted to abuse such rights.

He said it was also to build the capacity of the young girls to be assertive in standing up for their rights and to help in educating their parents and peers for them to understand the consequences of the practice and help to stop it.

Mr Nelson Bamfo, Sponsorship Coordinator of Plan Ghana commended contestants of the debate and urged the girls not to keep the knowledge to themselves but share it with their community members for them to understand and help fight to eradicate the menace.

Madam Charity Batuure, Acting Regional Director of the Department of Gender commended Plan Ghana and its collaborators for what they were doing to impact the life of the girls.

She said such interventions were what the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection needed to achieve a better future for women and girls in the country.

Mr Haruna Sulemana, Upper West Regional Director of the NCCE said the programme had travelled far as they have been able to establish community base child protection committees and girls clubs in some communities and schools to help bring some of the issues affecting children to their attention.

Mr Petro Ankole, District Coordinating Director and Acting District Chief Executive said the Assembly had resolved that social events such as record dance and funerals among others that gave rise to negative social vices in the district should have girls banned from participating.

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Wa West: Farouk Bandana’s Convoy Attacked

Farouk Bandanaa is reported to have been attacked on his way from Dabo In The Wa West District Of Upper West Region Along with his team.
The said group which attacked the former NDC member, broke his vehicle mirrors and his team was bullied but then they managed to run into nearby bushes to save their lives. It is still unknown if these attackers were armed robbers or sent to attack deliberately.
Mr. Farouk Bandanaa is the Independent parliamentary candidate who contested the Incumbent Member of parliament, Joseph Yileh-Chireh on the ticket of The NDC but later joined the independent party after he lost in The NDC parliamentary primaries to Mr. Joseph Yileh-Chireh.
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Wa West: Pregnant Student Murdered

A Student of Varempere in Wa West district of upper west was murdered and brutally cut into pieces with a cutlass by unknown people and after which her head was smashed with a stone in cold blood.

Information reaching upperwestmedia.net indicates the said girl was pregnant and her step father was suspected to be responsible for the pregnancy, her teachers tried all they could to let her disclose who was responsible but all to no avail.

She was found dead yesterday under a tree in varepere near vieri.

Her step father after interrogation with the police confessed the girl said she was going under a tree to rest and after a search conducted by the police ended up under the tree were the father directed she could be and she was found dead.

The case in currently at the Wa Police Station for further investigations.

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