The people of Natugnia in the Kassena-Nankana municipality of the Upper East Region last Friday, were full of joy following the enskinment and out-dooring of a chief for the town which had been without one for the past 31 years.
The new chief, known in private life as Mr. Ambrose Anambonu Ayamba, 40, a staff of the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) in Navrongo, beat 37 other contestants for the skin by a simple majority in a ballot cast by five elders or kingmakers of the Natugnia skin.
The new chief, with the skin name, Naba Ayambuno Ayamba Asarh II, was enskinned on Saturday, June 6 and outdoored on Friday, June 12 after being in confinement for seven days to enable the elders perform the necessary customary rites pertaining to the skin.
Addressing the jubilant crowd at the outdooring ceremony, the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Stanislaus Kadingdi, described the past 31 years interregnum as dark days of Natugnia.
Dr. Kadingdi said, it was a chief’s responsibility to lead his people in their developmental efforts and therefore urged the people to rally behind the new chief and support him to execute development projects that eluded the area in those past 31 years.
The MCE asked the new chief to harness the potential in the youth of the area to accelerate its development.
Stressing that peace was vital for development, he urged Naba Asarh to ensure that peace prevailed in Natugnia to enhance its socio-economic development.
Dr. Kadingdi also urged the new chief to adopt an open-door policy in his administration and consult the opinion leaders before taking any action saying, “you must always be a listening ruler”.
Naba Asarh, for his part, recalled that the late chief, his father Naba Asarh I, died on June 9, 1984 and said it was unfortunate that his sons had to fight among themselves as to which of them should succeed him.
Naba Asarh said the absence of a chief in the town for such a long time, created disunity among the people and plunged Natugnia into a state of lawlessness.
He therefore prayed to God to grant Natugnia peace and unity to promote its development.
He pledged to work with all the other contestants and assured them that his doors were always opened to them, adding that, they should feel free to come to him to share ideas with him.
He said his priority for now was to devise a means of improving on the functioning of the market, so as to get money into the pockets of the people.
From Ibrahim A.Mohammed, Natugnia