Navrongo Senior High School popularly known as NAVASCO in the Upper East Region of Ghana was established in 1960 by Ghana's First president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
It was named President's College and was later called Navrongo School (NAVASCO). Its mascot is the horn, an important Northern Ghanaian symbol of royalty, bravery, and leadership.
The school's motto is "LUX BOREALIS" in Latin which means "The Light of the North". Old students are known as NABIA, a local word meaning "Citizen".
The school offers programmes in General Science, Agricultural Science, Business, General Arts, Visual Arts and Home Economics.
The school has trained many prominent personalities in society, a few of them highlighted below:
Hon. Hawa Yakubu
A politician and women's advocate, Hon. Hawa Yakubu Ogede popularly known as Iron Lady was a brave woman who was at the forefront of women's issues, politics and governance in Ghana.
Born in Tarkwa but from Pusiga in the Bawku district in the Upper East Region of Ghana, she had her basic education at Zebilla Middle School and proceeded to Navrongo Senior High School for her Secondary education.
She proceeded to the then Accra Polytechnic, now Accra Technical University and returned as a matron at her alma mater, Navrongo Senior High School. She also obtained a Postgraduate in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
In 1979, she was elected to her local council and was the youngest member of the constituent assembly which wrote Ghana's Third Republican constitution. She also served as the Women's Leader for the United National Convention (UNC) which was formed by late Paa Willie for the 1979 election. She fled to the United Kingdom and later Nigeria in 1981 when there was a military coup d'etat and the PNDC took over. She lived in voluntary exile until 1991 when she returned to Ghana.
She contested the 1992 elections, which was the first democratic election in the fourth republic as an independent candidate for the Bawku Constituency and won.
Hawa Yakubu lost her seat in parliament in the 1996 election and left for Cotonou, Benin. She won back the Bawku seat in the 2000 elections and was appointed Minister of Tourism in 2001. In 2002, she went to serve as Ghana's representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) parliament. She however lost her seat again in the 2004 general elections.
Hawa Yakubu was well respected in Liberia as she was very instrumental in the campaign of Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female elected head of state in Africa.
She died in 2007 and until her death was the First Vice Chairperson of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In 2010, the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) instituted a fund in memory of this amazon to help and empower young women.
Hon. Ambrose Dery
A Ghanaian lawyer and politician, Ambrose Dery is currently Ghana's Interior Minister and Member of Parliament for Nandom Constituency.
After completing Navrongo Senior High School, he entered University of Ghana in 1977 and obtained an LLB. He wrote the professional exams and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1982.
Ambrose Dery became Deputy Attorney General, Upper West Regional Minister and a Minister of State under Former President J.A Kufour's regime. He served as Deputy Minority Leader in the 5th parliament (2009 -2013).
In 2017, he was appointed as Interior Minister by Ghana's President Akufo-Addo and serving again in this portfolio in the president's second term.
Justice Samuel Marful-Sau
A Justice of Ghana's Supreme Court, Samuel Marful-Sau was born in Assin Adubiase in the Central Region of Ghana. He obtained his A Level Certificate from Navrongo Secondary School. He entered University of Ghana Law School and graduated with an LLB in 1982 and was called to the bar in 1984. He also has a Master's degree (LL.M) in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Dundee in Scotland.
He worked at the office of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) before moving into private practice. Whiles in private practice, he was a member of the law reform commission from August 1998 to October 2005.
In 2002, Justice Marful-Sau was called to the bench as High court judge and in 2006 was made an Appeals Court Judge.
Justice Marful-Sau was appointed to the supreme court in 2018, and was one of seven member panel that heard the 2020 election petition by Former President John Mahama against the Electoral Commission and President Akufo-Addo.
He published "A Practical Guide to Civil Procedure" which people in the legal fraternity refer.
He died as a Supreme Court judge last year (2021) at age 64.
A Lawyer and Politician, Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu was Ghana's first Special Prosecutor from 2018 to 2020.
Known for his fight against corruption, even as a private citizen he pursued corruption cases in the law courts.
A old student of Navrongo Senior High School, Mr Amidu graduated from the University of Ghana with an LL.B in 1976 and the Ghana School of Law in 1978 having passed his professional examination.
He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from the Antioch University, Ohio, USA.
A member of the Provisional National Defense Council and National Democratic Congress (PNDC/NDC), he has served in successive governments. Under PNDC as Deputy Secretary of State for Industry, Science and Technology, Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government and Rural Development and Deputy Secretary of State for the Upper East Region.
He was Deputy Attorney General under the Rawlings administration, Interior Minister and Attorney General and Minister of Justice under late President Mills and Special Prosecutor under President Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Amidu was the NDC party's running mate in the December 2000 presidential election with late Professor J.E.A. Mills as Presidential Candidate. The party however lost the elections to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) under Mr. J.A Kufour.
Hon. John Ndebugri
An alumnus of Navrongo Senior High School, John Akparibo Ndebugri is a lawyer and former legislator. He was the member of parliament for the Zebilla Constituency in the Upper East Region of Ghana from January 2005 to January 2009. He won on the ticket of the People's National Convention (PNC) in the December 2004 elections.
He is an alumus of Navrongo Senior High School and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Hon. Cletus Avoka
Cletus Apul Avoka is the current member of parliament for Zebilla. He had his secondary education at Navrongo Senior High School and the University of Ghana where he obtained his LL.B. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law where he passed his professional exam and was called to the bar.
He became Member of Parliament for Bawku West Constituency from January 1993 to January 2001 and was Minister for Lands and Forestry during the era of President Rawlings. He won as an independent candidate in the 2000 elections for the Garu-Tempane Constituency in the Upper East Region till January 2005.
He came back to parliament on January 2009 as the second member of parliament of the newly created Zebilla Constituency with the First Member of Parliament being John Ndebugri from the PNC party.
Hon. Avoka was a one time majority leader and Interior Minister under President J.E.A Mills. He lost his seat as MP in the 2016 elections and won the seat again in the 2020 elections and is the current MP for Zebilla.
Hon. Haruna Iddrisu
An old student of Navrongo Senior High School, Haruna Iddrisu is currently Minority Leader in Ghana's Parliament and Member of Parliament for Tamale South Constituency.
The Former President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), obtained his BA degree in Sociology from University of Ghana. He went to law school and was called to the bar, having been a member of the Ghana Bar Association since 2002.
He was Minister of State in charge of Communications, Trade and Industry and Employment and Labour Relations under President J.E.A Mills and President Mahama's era.
Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje
Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje was Ghana's Chief of Defence Staff from 2016 to 2017. A Senior Commander in the Ghana Air Force, he was Chief of Air Staff and also served as Station Commander of Takoradi Air Base and was board member of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority.
Born in Damongo, he attended Tamale Senior High School for his Ordinary Level Certificate, and proceeded to Navrongo Senior High School for his Advanced Level Certificate
He joined the Ghana Air Force and trained as a pilot having successfully completed his military training and initial and advanced flying training at the Flight Training School in Takoradi and also at the Netherlands Government Civil Flying School.
Courses he has attended include the Gulf Stream III Transition Course, Savannah, USA, The Fokker 28 Fellowship Course of Instruction for Pilots, Flight Crew Training and Operations Support, Schiphol, Netherlands Airline Transport Pilot Ground School, Flight Safety Academy in Florida and the National Defence University (Washington DC), where he obtained the Counter-Terrorism Fellowship Diploma, and MSc (National Security and Strategy) at the Air War College, Montgomery Alabama.
With respect to international peacekeeping, he served as military observer with the United Nations Protection Force in Yugoslavia, from December 1992 to December 1993.
Professor Amin Alhassan
Professor Amin Alhassan is an academic, journalist and 17th Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).
An alumnus of Navrongo Senior High School where he had his O Level education and Tamale Senior High School for his A Level Certificate, he attended the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). He worked with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC Radio News) and the Ghana News Agency.
He had his second degree and PhD from University of Tampere in Finland and Concordia University in Canada.
Prof. Amin Alhassan lectured at the McGill University and at the Department of Communication Studies, York University all in Canada.
In 2012, he joined the University of Development Studies (UDS). He became the Principal of the WA Campus of the University in 2018, until his appointment as Director General of the State Broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in 2019.
An alumnus of Navrongo Senior High School, Roland Agambire is a Ghanaian Entrepreneur. He is CEO of Rlg Communications and Agams Holdings Limited, responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of the integrated companies making up the Holdings.
Born in Sirigu in Northern Ghana, he was a Trained Teacher and later studied at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Having set up Roagam Links in 2001, then as a mobile phone repair outlet which expanded to become an indigenous ICT manufacturing, assembling and training firm in Ghana, now Rlg Communications Limited.
His company’s training subsidiary, the Rlg Institute of technology Limited implemented similar scheme in Nigeria and the Gambia.
In September 2012, he became the youngest person to be awarded the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Marketing Man of the Year, 2011.
In the 2012 rankings of the Ghana Club 100, Rlg Communications was ranked second best company by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. His company was also adjudged the Fastest Growing Company and leader in Ghana’s ICT Sector. The African Leadership Network in South Africa named him among 12 finalists in the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. "Ernst and Young" West Africa also named him among Finalists in the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Pan African Television Network, E-TV voted him the Most Influential Ghanaian in the year 2012. He also emerged as Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012 by Entrepreneur Foundation of Ghana.
He was guest of the World Bank Group as Resource Person for a Regional Workshop on Youth Employment in West Africa in Abuja, Nigeria as well as the US Embassy in Ghana on Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program in Northern Ghana. He addressed the 1st Africa Entrepreneurship Conference at the Robert Gordon University (Scotland), as well as the Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai.
Rlg currently has its Global Office in Dubai.
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