The Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly has donated assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to three traditional authorities to support the celebration of the Ga Homowo festival.
The councils are Kwashieman, Odorkor and Tsuim palaces all in Ga Mashie in the Greater Accra Region.
Making the presentations at separate ceremonies on Tuesday, the Ablekuma North Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kofi Ofori, said the Assembly places much value on its relationship with traditional authorities since they were indispensable to the governance process at the local government level.
According to him, chiefs were the backbone of the development drive of the local government system and due recognition must be given to events such as festivals that provided the platform to unify the people.
Mr Ofori urged all traditional leaders to use the occasion to build bridges and resolve all grievances for the sake of peace and harmony in the area.
On his part, the chief of Kwashieman, Nii Awuley Ahiaku VI thanked the MCE for the gesture in support of the festival.
He appealed to the assembly to improve the sanitation situation in Kwashieman and its environs.
Nii Ahiaku VI urged all chiefs to let peace prevail during and after the celebration while admonishing all individuals who were unduly parading themselves as chiefs to desist from the practice in order for chiefs in Ga Mashie to earn a good name this time round.
A representative of each of the traditional authorities used the occasion to commend the MCE and the Assembly for their conscious efforts at bringing development to the area.
They appealed to the Assembly to continue to clamp down on indiscipline in environmental sanitation and prosecute offenders.
The MCE was accompanied by a former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Deputy Organiser for Ablekuma North constituency Mr Augustine Oduro Bempong and a member of the Assembly, Mrs Joyce Acheampong.
BY NORMAN COOPER