The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has presented various items to two traditional councils within the Ga state, as they prepare for this year’s Homowo festival.
They are the Ngleshi Alata and the Ga Traditional councils.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the AMA, Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, presented food items worth thousands of cedis and undisclosed amounts at separate engagements with the chiefs in Accra, yesterday.
The items included bags of maize, gallons of palm oil, cartons of gin, Schnapps, crates of beer, Guinness and other non alcoholic beverages.
Nii Obrempong Kojo Ababio V, the President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, received the items on behalf of his subjects, while Nii Tackie Adama Latse II, received it on behalf of the Ga Traditional Council.
The donations formed part of the government’s annual support for the people of the Ga state during the Homowo festivities.
Donating the items Mr. Vanderpuije said the chiefs remained key stakeholders in the development of the Ga state and the country at large and merited the support of government.
The place of chiefs in nation building, Mr. Vanderpuije said, cannot be underestimated hence the need to reach out to them, when it was time for their traditional duties which would be used to unite the people and pray for the unity of the country.
The AMA boss was appreciative of the support and counsel the government had received from the chieftaincy institution and asked that the chiefs continued in that direction assuring that the government would continue to be fair in supporting traditional councils in the country.
Mr. Vanderpuije reiterated government’s commitment to the development of the Ga Mashie area in particular and the country at large, saying the commitment was evident in the projects Accra had benefitted from the government in the areas of education, health, transportation, water supply, among others.
Nii Obrempong Kojo Ababio V, whose palace was the first point of call, was thankful for the gesture and applauded the government for the support it had given to his traditional area over the years.
Nii Obrempong Kojo Ababio pledged his unwavering support for the government and asked that his subjects and the citizenry did same.
He pleaded that anything possible was done to ensure the pending election was peaceful because that was the only way development would be sustained and sent his warm felicitations to President Mahama for the support.
Nii Tackie Adama Latse, on the other hand, was elated and assured of prayers for the President and government during the festivities.
Homowo is the festival of the Ga people which is celebrated to hoot at hunger and to mark the beginning of harvest.
By Julius Yao Petetsi