Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, siting in palanquin
There was prolonged jubilation by the inhabitants of Wassa Akropong, the seat of the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area in the Western Region, on Monday when a new Paramount Chief was installed to replace the late Kasapreko Kwame Bassanyin III, who died about a year ago.
The kingmakers installed the 56-year-old native of the area, who is domiciled in the United States of America, under the stool name, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II.
Known in private life as Abraham Aboagye Agyeman, an accountant by profession, the new Paramount Chief promised a kind of leadership that would bring development to the area.
Prior to his swearing-in, he was carried in a palanquin and paraded through the principal streets of Wassa Akropong amid drumming, singing and dancing.
The large crowd, made up of both the youth and the aged, moved from one end of the town to the other in jubilation, wishing the new chief long life and prosperity.
They later converged at the forecourt of the Bassanyin Palace where the official swearing-in ceremony took place.
Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II swore the Oath of Allegiance, service, humility and respect for his kingmakers and people. After that Nananom, Oman and Gyaase, also swore the same Oath to the Omanhene.
Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II promised to be an instrument of peace, unity and development for the area.
He therefore, appealed to the people of Wassa Amenfi to give him the needed support and encouragement, stressing that ‘the development of the Traditional Area is a collective responsibility’.
He bemoaned the collapse of some timber firms in the area and the fact that about seven large cocoa plantations belonging to the Ghana COCOBOD which were spread across the Amenfi area, were all no more.
‘Cocoa farmers are crying foul; filth has become topical; vast stretches of land have been wasted; the environment, which used to be full of green, has changed to brown and many rivers have been rendered completely useless,’ he lamented.
He noted that the situation had engendered poverty, illiteracy, diseases, disputes and litigation in the area adding, ‘If Amnefi is attractive to any outsider today, then it is the Chinese ‘galamsey’ operators’.
‘Our ancestral legacy is crumbling. Since the present trend of affairs is not acceptable, we owe it a responsibility to reverse it. My vision then is to hand over to the future generations of the traditional area, a legacy that they will be proud of,’ the new Omanhene stressed.
He mentioned among his priorities as the promotion of education, mentoring the youth of the area, halting all sorts of disputes and litigations as well as taking advantage of the expertise of professionals and eminent citizens for the benefit of the people.
The President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Osagyefo Dr. Kwamina Enimil VI, advised the new chief to reunite the people of the paramountcy, and also work hard to promote the cultural heritage of the area.
He advised the sub-chiefs to also be respectful and loyal to the new Omanhene, so as to hasten the development of the area.
The Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, remarked that chieftaincy disputes were one problem retarding the development of the area.
He therefore, commended the people of Wassa Amenfi for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the selection process for a new Omanhene, and even at the swearing-in ceremony.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Wassa Akropong
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