The acting president of the Nkusukum Traditional Area, in the Central Region, Nana Kwesi Brebo III, has advised colleague chiefs in the country to avoid making politically biased statements, as the political atmosphere ‘heats up’ ahead of the 2016 polls.
He, however, asked chiefs in the traditional area not to discriminate against any politician who might pay courtesy calls on them as part of the electioneering; instead the traditional authorities should welcome them whole heartedly, to ensure peace, unity and development.
Nana Kwesi Brebo III, who is also chief of Kuntu, in the area, made the call at the launch of this year’s Odambea festival of the traditional area, last Friday.
Launching the festival, which would be celebrated on the theme: “Unity, peace and development”, Dr. E. G. Don Arthur, a former Road and Highways Minister, under the NDC administration, appealed to the people to promote peace and unity for development.
He lamented that chieftaincy disputes were affecting national development, and urged chiefs and people of Nkusukum to strive for peace and progress.
Dr. Arthur urged individuals and organisations to contribute towards education development, saying government was putting up school buildings and proving social interventions to promote education.
Member of Parliament for Mfantseman and former Central Regional Minister, Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, urged the traditional area to use the festival to educate residents, especially the youth on the history and culture of the area.
He reminded the people that it is peace and unity that would attract investors and development partners to the area.
Nana Kwamena Anyansah I, Mpontuhen of the traditional area said as part of the festival, there would be a re-enactment of the “By the fire side” storytelling, during which the elderly would educate the youth on the history and culture of the area.
He said residents would be asked to put on traditional attires and a cooking competition (traditional foods) would be organised, during the celebration.
Odambea, observed by the people of Nkusukum to commemorate the migration of the Borbor Mfantse from Tekyiman to their present settlement, derived its name from a beam used to join one end of a roof to the other.
This year’s week-long celebration, scheduled for Saturday, August 20, to Sunday, August 28, would be climaxed by a durbar of chiefs and people and a fund raising on Saturday August 27.
From Jonathan Donkor, Anomabo