The Asante Monarch particularly lamented the upsurge in illegal mining activities in Asanteman and other parts of the country with its attendant destruction of water bodies and farm lands.
Otumfuo, with a grim face, cautioned traditional leaders to ensure that all illegal mining activities in their traditional areas, were stopped with immediate effect.
The Asantehene was speaking at a colourful durbar at the Manhyia Palace on Monday when Nana Mensa Bonsu I, the newly enstooled chief of Asakyiri, swore allegiance to him.
Otumfuo stressed the need for chiefs to play leading roles so as to ensure that the environment, especially water bodies which are the sources of drinking water for the rural folks, are protected.
He charged chiefs and queen mothers to make the promotion of education in their areas of jurisdiction their priority, stating that the country could be properly developed if the youth who are the future leaders, were properly educated.
Nana Mensah Bonsu, 58, is known in private life as Prof. Edward Badu. He is a professor of construction management at the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The Asakyirihene is a product of Prempeh College and KNUST, both in Kumasi. He is currently the Provost of the College of Architecture at the KNUST.
The Asantehene implored Nana Mensa Bonsu I to unite with his elders so that together they could implement effective programmes to expedite the development of his area.
He urged traditional rulers not to lord it over their subjects but should use their positions to cause positive changes in their areas.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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