Don’t undermine our peace with disputes —Tourism Minister
The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has called on traditional leaders to take appropriate measures to avoid ethnic factions and chieftaincy disputes that have the tendency to undermine the peace and unity of the country.
She stated that Ghanaians, tourists and investors required a peaceful environment, hence the need for all to support the peace initiatives and developmental efforts of the government.
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare made the call when she represented President John Dramani Mahama at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Aburi to mark this year’s Odwira Festival.
The festival coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the enstoolment of the Aburihene, Otobuor Djan Kwasi II, who is also the Anafohene of the Akuapem Traditional Area.
The event, held on the theme, ‘Tourism Promotion — A tool for development’, attracted a large number of people from all walks of life, including the Omanhene of the Owirekyiman Traditional Area, Nana Prah Agyensem VI, members of the Diplomatic Corps, politicians and members of the public.
Significance of festivals
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare stated that the celebration of festivals afforded Ghanaians the unique opportunity to collectively showcase their cultural heritage as one people.
‘It also provides a platform to promote development plans, projects and programmes to accelerate poverty reduction, community and regional development towards achieving the government’s better Ghana agenda,’ she said.
Tourism Development Plan
Mrs Ofosu-Adjare stated that her ministry had prepared a 15-year National Tourism Development Plan which provides guidelines to facilitate the development of tourism, culture and creative arts across the country.
She, therefore, urged metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, regional coordinating councils and traditional authorities to access the plan from her ministry and use it as a framework to develop their own strategic plans for development.
Eastern Regional Minister’s advice
The Eastern Regional Minister, Ms Helen Ntoso, stated that peace was vital to the development of every community, hence the need for the chiefs and people of Okuapeman to sustain the revived peace and unity in the area.
‘There is no community that can develop without peace and understanding,’ she said.
In his welcome address, Otobuor Djan Kwasi expressed deep satisfaction over the restored relations among the chiefs of Akuapem, a gesture that he pledged to help sustain.
He also urged the chiefs and people of the area to embrace the peace and unity prevailing on the Akuapem Ridge to attract development to the area, especially the uplift of the Aburi Botanical Gardens.
The Aburihene appealed to the government to facilitate the speedy construction of the Aburi-Nsawam road to ease the movement of people and goods along the major road that had been abandoned by the contractor.
By Nana Konadu Agyeman/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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