The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, has commended the chiefs and people of Tema for sustaining the peace and unity in the area.
The congenial atmosphere, he said, had made it possible for development projects to be initiated, implemented and executed.
He gave the commendation in a speech read on his behalf at a durbar here on Saturday to climax this year’s Kpelejoo festival here on Saturday.
It was on the theme: “Making culture a mobilising force and a customary tool for development.”
Kpelejoo celebrated by the people of Tema between March and April as a prelude to the Homowo, the annual festival of the GaDangme people, coincides with the planting season.
The Chief Priest, Sakumo Wulomo, Numo Ashiboi Kofi, with the support of other priests, during the period, cleanse, all stools in the Tema traditional area.
The traditional priests also offer prayers for a good harvest, prosperity and blessings for the year.
Nii Afotey Agbo urged other traditional areas saddled with chieftaincy disputes to settle their differences to quicken the pace of development of their communities.
He called on the people to support the national sanitation day clean-up exercise to rid the country of filth and diseases and also urged the residents to take keen interest in the forthcoming district level elections to select leaders committed to the development of their areas and the welfare of the residents.
The Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, urged the people to help preserve their culture by taking active role in cultural activities.
The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Isaac A. Odamtten, said the Tema Metropolitan Assembly had identified a number of cultural projects and tourism attractions and was working with the traditional authority to develop them to create jobs, for the people, generate revenue for development and provide avenues for leisure among others.
He mentioned the Tema ancestral home at the Sharjoo, the Meridian enclave, Greenwich cultural festival, and the Meridian Rock as some of the centres to be developed.
The Tema Mantse Nii Adjei Kraku II, appealed to government to help rehabilitate the bridge linking Tema Manhean to Tema, which is collapsing.
As part of the celebration several youth groups danced round the Kpeletsishishi, singing songs composed to expose wrongdoings in society. Among them were Tsaade Kpele, Brutal City, School Boys, Boys Abre and Aye Seke.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah,