A Grand Durbar of the Chiefs and people of Bole was held at the weekend to climax the 37th Annual Easter Congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association.
The Congress affords the various Youth Associations in Gonjaland a unique opportunity to socialize, discuss and share experiences and challenges in the course of the previous year and also serves as a platform for unifying people from Gonjaland as one family.
The Minister of Communication Dr Omane Boamah who represented the President in a key note address said Gonjaland has a rich history. According to him Ndewura Jakpa was a warrior and conqueror. He said President John Mahama a son of Gonjaland is a contemporary Ndewura Jakpa because he is also a conqueror but in a different form. He explained that President John Mahama is poised to conquer poverty and unemployment. He praised the people of Bole for the smooth transition when the late Bolewura passed to glory.
He said it is a testimony that the people of Gonjaland will not allow themselves to be divided by chieftaincy and hopes it continues from generation to generation. He hopes other ethnic groups emulate Gonjas on chieftaincy transition.
He promised the people the President will not forget Gonjaland but added President believes in equitable distribution of resources for all Ghanaians.
He was hopeful Gonjas will continue to give their support and prayers to the President.
The Yagbonwuras message was read by his secretary. He said the Annual meetings are necessary because it gives the Gonjaland Youth Association he opportunity to access their achievements and failures. According to him the Gonjaland Youth Association is a non-political organization and that everybody from Gonjaland is free to join the Association and to contribute meaningfully towards the development of the Gonja Kingdom.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Bolewura Awuladese Pontonpron II said his reign as Bolewura would focus on three main areas: peace unity and development because they are key ingredients needed for the progress of every society. According to him there has the people of the Bole Traditional Area and the entire Gonjaland enjoy an appreciable level of peace. He promised to run an open, just and fair leadership. He called for a functional collaboration between the District Assemblies, departments and agencies as well as all non-governmental organizations and Traditional Authorites in Gonjaland to work together in order to bring about the much needed development in Gonjaland.
The newly elected executives were sworn into office to run the association for the next three years. They were:
President-Mr Alhassan Dramani
1st Vice President-Mr Kofi Iddi
2nd Vice President- Mrs Abiba Abudulai
Secretary-Mr Dramani Dari
Treasurer -Mr Amin Mohammmed
Organiser-Mr Zakariah Akibu
Assistant Organiser- Mr Dramani Issahaku Mastan
Public Relations Officer- Mahama Haruna
Womens Commissioner- Mrs Braimah Ramatu
During his maiden speech, the newly sworn in President Mr Alhassan Dramani said the new executives are not the only best people who can occupy the high seats of the Gonjaland Youth Association and that Gonjaland has a pool of vibrant intellectuals who could equally occupy the positions and therefore called on all and sundry to try their best to contribute their quota towards the rapid development of Gonjaland.
He said he will continue with the unfinished projects of the association. He said they will be in constant touch with the Chiefs and security agencies to reduce if not eradicate conflicts and crimes in order to have accelerated development.
He urged the Association t stay united and not allow our rank and file to be divided by partisan politics.
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE 37TH ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE GONJALAND YOUTH ASSOCIATION AT BOLE
At the 37th Annual Gonjaland Congress at Bole. It was resolved that:
1. Indiscriminate Timber logging of Trees in Gonjaland should be treated as an emergency and needs to be stopped.
2. The people of Gonjaland are ready to embrace Government and private sector interventions that would enhance the development of the area.
3. Appropriate land acquisition procedures should be put in place to streamline land sale and leasing. Thus indiscriminate sale of lands of Gonjaland with dubious lease arrangement should cease forthwith.
4. The District Assemblies should exert their authority and implement environmental bye-laws to the letter to stop charcoal burning in Gonjaland.
5.The District Assemblies and Traditional Authorities should advertise and promote Tourist potentials and artifacts in Gonjaland.
6. The Youth would promote programs on Radio and Print Media to consolidate the peace and Unity in Gonjaland.