Politics of Monday, 21 December 2015
A Member of the Council of State, Nana Kodua Kesse II, has urged political parties in the country to undertake their campaign in a civil manner without insults and acrimony.
He said this was necessary for the country to continue to enjoy peace at all times.
“Ghana is the only country we have and therefore let us resolve to be each other’s keeper at all times”, he added.
Nana Kodua who is the Chief of Oyoko in the New Juaben Municipality in the Eastern region made the call at a durbar of chiefs to commemorate his 36th anniversary celebration of his enstoolment as Oyokohene and the Adontenhene of the New Juaben traditional council.
He used the opportunity to appeal to the citizenry to refrain from baseless rumour mongering.
“Let us remain focused and rekindle our communal spirit so that together we can take the initiative on some more development projects and lobby government for support as we have been doing previously”, he said.
Review of customs and traditions
Nana Kesse recalled that in 2004 the Adonten Division had to review some customs and traditions of the area to be in line with modern day practices.
According to him, formerly upon the death of relative the bereaved family had to present two bottles of Schnapps to the chief before permission was granted for burial, however, the chiefs later resolved that the two bottles of schnapps should be in kind, that is GH¢20.00 per any adult deceased person to be paid by the bereaved head of family.
He explained that this money was used towards the development of Oyoko while the names and particulars of the deceased were periodically sent to the New Juaben Municipal Directorate of the Electoral Commission.
He said majority of the taboos have been abolished and people go about their duties without any hindrance.
Nana Kesse appealed to the government to direct the Department of Urban Roads to provide concrete drains in the Oyoko township in order to curtail the frequent flooding which has rendered the local Catholic Junior High School block useless since any time it rained, a portion of the town was submerged thus making it difficult for school children to cross the bridge over river Amosoa.
He paid tribute to all those who have contributed to the development of the area.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Miss Mavis Ama Frimpong called on chiefs to partner government for the development of the country.
She congratulated Nana Kesse and urged him to continue to champion the needs of Oyoko and the region as a whole.
A former Minister of Health, Mr. Samuel Nuamah Donkor praised Nana Kesse for his passion for the improvement in the living standards of his people.