Demolition of old Gbewa Palace in Yendi
The reconstruction of some portions of the Gbewa Palace in the Yendi Municipality has commenced as part of preparations towards the funerals of the late overlords of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai and Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani.
The demolition of a portion of the palace started on Tuesday in the Yendi Municipality under tight security.
The Yendi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Alhaji Hamed, indicated that the supervisor has a one-week ultimatum to complete works on the palace to pave way for the commencement of the funerals of the late overlords of Dagbon.
According to the MCE, it’s not the entire Gbewa Palace that is to be reconstructed but rather some portions of it.
The supervisor of the project, Yakubu Alhassan, gave an assurance that his men were ready to work within the given deadline.
He has indicated that they will work day and night to ensure that they meet the deadline given to them to complete the project.
Per the peace deal, the Abudus will be given access to the Gbewa Palace to perform the final funeral rites of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai, according to their customs and traditions.
The funeral rites, which are expected to last for two weeks, will commence on December 14 and end on December 28, 2018, after which the Abudus will leave the Gbewa Palace peacefully.
The Andanis will also take their turn at the Gbewa Palace to organize the funeral rites of the late Yaa-Naa Yakubu Andani from 4-18 January 2019.
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Minister who doubles as the chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), Salifu Saeed, has warned that the police and military will deal with any troublemakers in Dagbon with regard to the roadmap leading to the observance of the funerals.
He gave an assurance that REGSEC, as well as government, was ready to roll out various measures and mechanisms to implement the roadmap to its final process.
FROM Eric Kombat, Yendi