The Volta Regional Minister Mrs Helen Ntoso has appealed to the shadow actors in the small faction of the Okuapeman chieftancy dispute to refrain from activities and actions that is making it difficult for the region and the institution to achieve lasting peace and unity.
She, was however confident, that the identified factions were very capable of resolving their differences without any problems.
Mrs Ntoso, who was very instrumental in the Koforidua Accord, signed last year which was witnessed by all the divisional chiefs, regretted the activities of these shadow actors who continue to draw back progress made by government and citizens of Okuapeman Association of United States and Canada, (OKUSACA).
The regional minister made the appeal at the 29th annual Odwira/Ohum festival and a fund rasiser to support some basic schools in the area, held on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia when she addressed the chiefs and citizens of Akuapem, Asuogyaman and Anum.
This year’s celebration was on the theme “Celebrating Okuapeman Unity and Peace for Effective Development” It was interlaced with rich cultural display of the various chiefs and queens from the various states while the youth had poem recitals and competitions about Ghana and the region.
The Minister, who was the guest speaker, reiterated the need for these shadow actors to be mindful of their actions since it had negative effect on the peace and unity we are celebrating.
Mrs. Ntoso assured Ghanaians living abroad that the economic challenges and hardships facing their extended families will be over soon ,as the government has put in place long term measures to bring lasting relief . She said one of the many measures is the establishment of the Kumasi shoe factory which will supply boots for all the security forces thereby cutting back on hitherto importation of those items.
She told the gathering that the implementation of the Single Spine salary structure was utilizing about 70 percent of government revenue on the monthly basis, but government will not withdraw the structure , rather the programmes put in place will help reverse the economic challenges.
She has therefore appealed to all Ghanaians to support the government to be able to achieve the set targets.
The president of the Atlanta Chapter of the OKUSACA Mr Kwasi Aye-Addo in his welcoming address reminded members to reflect on the theme of this years festival. He said unity is a positive ,practical and progressive approach necessary for the total wellness of people.
Unity also allow people to discover and implement a higher potential towards the success of development.
“It all started 29 years ago when a small group of well-intended citizens of Akuapem and Asuogyaman living in North America envisioned a dream of coming together for a good cause. Their efforts have contributed in diverse ways in bring people and ideas together for the development of Akuapem.”
He announced that last year the chapter through the national secretariat made donations to the pediatric unit of Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, and Akwamufie Presbyterian Basic School.
The outgoing National Chairman, Mr Kwame Gyan, proposed the setting up of a five member Economic Development Board to identify viable industrial hub within the divisional areas of the ridge for development.
He said the board was going to demand action from government because even the area is endowed with all the natural resource, they have been neglected for far too long.
He thanked members of the national secretariat and the board of trustees for their support during his tenure of office and also asked them to extend same to the incoming national chairman.
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