Exclusive with Napaga Tia | The future of Northern Ghana under the NPP

Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana is a Ghanaian politician and a presidential staffer of the Nana Akufo-Addo led government. She is the daughter of Alhaji Tia Sulemana, a founding father of the New Patriotic Party in Ghana.

Nanton is home, I describe the people as very loyal, very very loyal. Both my dad and mom are from Nantong.

I think change is a gradual process and I think we are in the process. Once I’m in Tamale, I do a bit of Nantong before I go back to Accra. The fortunate part is, the development is not centered in Nantong alone, it’s getting into the communities.

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You might not feel the impact of free SHS today, especially parents whose children are still below JHS, you might not see the impact, but in the near future, if you go into Accra and you find just 10 girls in agbobloshie doing kayaye, that’s an impact of free SHS. When you find out that the number of kayaye girls has drastically reduced, that’s where you start talking about the impact.

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Somewhere in April 2020, Napaga donated some Personal Protective Equipment to the District Health Directorate of Nanton as her support to the fight against the COVID-19 in the Nanton District of the Northern Region.

The package was made up of 100 liquid soap, 200 hand sanitizers, some boxes of tissue and 15 Veronica budgets with stands and washing bowls to be placed at vantage points to promote effective handwashing with soap in the area.

The items were presented on behalf of Napaga by Mr. Gilbert Dery and Alhassan Tia to the DCE of the area Hon Abdul- Rahamani Abubakari who in turn handed over the same to the Nanton District Health Directorate which was received by Mr. Duut Damyar, the District Diseases Control officer.

Nantong is predominantly a farming community, so obviously we are enjoying the planting for food and jobs. In Nantong community, I don’t think we have not less than 8 communities and they have worked on their dams under 1V1V.

We have forestry and Nabco beneficiaries. Honestly, I wish our time we had opportunities like Nabco, some of is hustled to get jobs. In my community, Gh700 is a lot of money, so the impact of Nabco is great.

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When it comes to women, we are indirectly the heads of the family. When something goes wrong with the children in the house, mostly they point at the woman and I think that most of the time when our children don’t go to school, I have the strong belief that we the women worry more than the men. So with the free SHS our women are very grateful for that, especially the girl child.

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Executive Producers for the first phase are Khadijah Abubakari , Actionaid Ghana Activista Tamale, and Sanatu Zambang Studios. Research Consultant, Dr. Wunpini F Mohammed, and Special Appreciation to Napaga Tia Sulemana

Ayaaluna is the covid19 which many women have benefited from, we also have the Maslock loans which has also helped women.

I come from the poorest part of Ghana and in the last 4years when I go back home, I see an impact in their way of life when I go home, and I’m proud. So whenever I go there I ask to meet the women, I love to meet women, I love to address their issues. I think most candidates meet the men more.

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The women in our communities are intelligent and smart, when they stand to speak, you will be amazed.

Women vote is crucial, the good thing about this election is that it’s not just based on the fact that somebody is a woman, but it’s going to be on the basis that what has my cello woman done for me, what impact does she have on me.

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I have been campaigning in some parts of the Northern Region for months now, unfortunately, what I have noticed is that each time the women vote, they just going to give them clothes and Maggi cubes but now I tell them that it’s not about Maggie cubes and cloths. You need to think about a candidate who will bring you policies that would change your community, your way of life, policies that will develop you as a person.

When you are voting think of policies more than personal gains, think of benefits to the community more than personal gains. If I fix a borehole it doesn’t matter if you are NDC or NPP you will benefit from it, if I donate maternity beds, it doesn’t matter if you are NDC or NPP you benefit from it.

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On october 2020, Napaga Tia Sulemana donated ten (10) Apsonic and Royal motorbikes, as well as five (5) mobile sound systems to the NPP in the Nanton constituency of the Northern Region.

A powerful delegation led by the Northern Regional Chairman for the NPP, Chairman Mohammed Baantimah Samba, First Vice Chairman, Alhaji Sunday, Regional Secretary, Alhaji Sibdoo and other party faithfuls across the Northern Region were present to witness the event.

SHS students of today should count themselves blessed, back in our days many dropped out because they couldn’t afford fees. Now SHS students know the NPP doesn’t make false promises.

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I in my entire life haven’t met a Southerner doing kayaye except we the Northerners. The only way to protect the future of Ghana is to give Nana Addo 4 more years.

Most of our young girls are home because probably their time free SHS wasn’t there and kayaye didn’t go well for them, so I’m thinking of introducing a vocational center in Nantong constituency so they can engage themselves in sewing, soap making, etc.

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The culture of Nantong and dagbon at large itself is enough to attract tourists. Tourism doesn’t necessarily have to be a site, the indigenous food we eat, traditional funeral rites, etc.

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Initially, people wouldn’t give you a chance to talk to them about NPP in Tamale, but this time around things have changed. The support we saw in 2016 has increased and our politics in Northern Ghana is now very beautiful.

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The NPP has given Tamale a facelift, a new look. In 2016 I was part of the Tamale central walk, I remember it was myself, Tampuli, Anta, and Ibrahim Aryas, we held the event at the Zogbeli park, yesterday Tamale central walk was huge, the numbers have increased.

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Napaga had her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrated Development Studies with a focus on social, political, and historical studies from the University for Development Studies Upon completion of her undergraduate study, She started her journey in politics as a campaign aide to the New Patriotic Party. She was later appointed as a presidential staffer when the party won the 2016 presidential elections. Sulemana sits on the governing board of the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

One of the constituencies I want to visit and hope the Npp win is the Mion constituency. Abdul Aziz is a very inspirational personality.

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Today we want that at the end of the day we can have over 100 Tampuli in Northern Ghana. Tampuli is a big motivation to his people, a lot of people will say that Tampuli, came from Zinindo, he has been able to become lawyer Tampuli, politics aside he has achieved a lot. So people will look at him and they are like Tampuli schooled in Zinindo and it’s very possible for me.

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If you take someone like Dr. Amin Anta, he didn’t come from a rich home, his house is more of a religious home but today Dr. Anta is one of the movers of this country.

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I didn’t attend kindergarten, I start at primary 1 in Zoosali. During that time Zoosali didn’t have kindergarten. And I feel that, it’s nice I come back to the parents in Zoosali, whose children I schooled with, but weren’t privileged enough to continue, let me come back and motivate them and tell them at its never too late, if they couldn’t do it, their children can do it. Look at me and tell your kids it’s possible.

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Dr. Ibrahim Aryas grew up in Tamale central, he is not a minister but he has been given a portfolio that goes beyond a minister. Over 5000 people under him.

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Nana Addo is a father, a listening father, a father who is not judgemental. He sees potential in you and he picks you up. There are times you really feel down and you talk to him and then you come out fully motivated

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When we won the 2016 elections, ”’the president said to me Napaga, you are the youngest among my aids, so you will be kept at the presidency to undergo training. Is that okay with you? ”

I said yes sir. It is a very big privilege to undergo this training with the president and the first female chief of staff of the republic. It is a training I wouldn’t trade it for any position even ministerial position

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