“You must not allow yourselves to be used by politicians to cause trouble before, during and after the polls,” she advised, adding that they should be patient, disciplined, diligent, hardworking and show respect to their elders.
Mrs Mahama was addressing the Benkadi-Kurubi festival of the Wangara Community in Ghana, at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region on Saturday.
The annual Benkadi-Kurubi festival celebrated at Kintampo, the ancestral home of the Wangara people, is to marshall the people to undertake development initiatives, rekindle communal spirit, among others.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Peaceful co-existence, the panacea to sustainable development’, Mrs. Mahama, called on the leadership of the various communities in the country to be ambassadors of peace, noting that “we all have the responsibility to promote peace wherever we go to ensure development.
She said government was committed to developing the tourism potentials in the country to boost the sector as well as generate the needed revenue for development, adding that tourism was expected to soon take over from some traditional export commodities.
The President of the Council of Wangara Chiefs, Nana Fanyinama, said the Benkadi-Kurubi festival had been a major platform for the socio-economic emancipation of the people since the celebration had promoted tourism in the Kintampo township.
He, therefore, appealed to the Ministry of Tourism to develop the Kurubi Festival to an international standard.
He commended the government for bringing development to the people of the area in terms of roads, health, schools and others.
The Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, said the Ministry was working around the clock to promote the country’s culture.
From: Daniel Dzirasah, Kintampo