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The New Patriotic Party Chairman for the Damongo constituency, Nana Kwame Aboagye led an angry party youth to disrupt a 10 day Agric Survey Workshop which begun Monday and locked up the conference hall of the Central Gonja District Assemby, venue of the event.
The rampaging youth pursued and scuttled the event again after it was moved to a different location in the Damongo Township.
The workshop was organized by the Ghana Statistical Service to train participants who will be tasked to educate local farmers in the area.
47 Participants selected from four districts; Bole, Sawla, Buipe and Damongo, were to take part in the workshop, but on Monday morning, while participants were waiting for facilitators to commence the programme, the NPP chairman led the group to storm the venue and unleash uninterrupted fury on the participants, seizing their meal and throwing them out of the hall.
The Chairman defended his action in a Starr News interview shortly after the action.
Chairman Aboaagye could not understand why his constituency was chosen as the center for the event yet only seven (7) out of the 47 participants were selected from Damongo and accused the District Agric Officer of sabotaging his government.
He also claimed that a large number of participants who came from the other districts could not speak the Gonja language, the language majority of the farmers to be educated speak, therefore unfit for the exercise.
“The people they brought to train and [talk] to the farmers, there is a language barrier. The farmers don’t understand English nor any language and the people who came too don’t understand Gonja, and there are young guys in Damongo who want the job and the Agric Director refused to pick them.
“The job is coming to their sector and you are now blocking them, that’s where I stand in to say we won’t agree,” the chairman justified the attack.
The chairman declared he would not allow the event to be held in the constituency until the “right thing is done” by the organizers.
The police in the district did not respond to the action of the chairman and youth, though several residents drew their attention to the attack, Starr News sources revealed.