The Okyenhene (right) in a handshake with the Effiduasehene
The Effiduasehene, Nana Okoawia Dwomo Baabu II, has marked the 5th anniversary of his ascension to the Effiduase stool with a call on his people to unite for development.
The occasion, which reached its peak on Saturday, January 2, 2016 with a grand durbar, brought together many dignitaries, including the Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah; business tycoon Joseph Kwasi Okyere aka Antatic; Oyokohene, Nana Kodua Kesse, Council of State Member and the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, who chaired the function.
The Okyenhene, in his usual elements, set the place agog when he arrived with tens of his followers amidst a display of stupendous tradition.
The Okyenehene, who doubles as President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, called on Ghanaians to desist from acts of indiscipline such as insulting elders and people in authority.
He admonished the public and politicians to desist from unnecessary vituperations which do not promote unity, peace and peaceful coexistence. He said such divisive behaviours do not attract blessings and asked the public, especially the youth, to be disciplined.
In response to a statement made by the Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, who represented the president, John Dramani Mahama, that the economic hardship Ghanaians are facing is not peculiar to Ghana but a global phenomenon, the Okyenhene explained that Ghana has 48,000 settlements but only 4,000 have governmental departments and agencies. He noted that the unemployment rate is too high and that government needs to do a lot more to create jobs for the youth.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin said there is currently too much centralisation which is not promoting rural development, noting that the time has come for practical decentralised system of governance.
“We have waited for long. We need to have a feel of what we deserve. Let us decentralize,” he charged.
He also noted that in every town there are customs and traditions regarding installation of chiefs, suggesting that all rival chiefs who are not properly installed and accordingly recognized by the various traditional councils, should be arrested and possibly prosecuted.
The Okyenhene donated an amount of GH¢5,000 to support the new palace project.
In his address, Mr Antwi Boasiako Sekyere was not happy that about 48 towns in the region have two chiefs each, creating security threat to the region. He said that the Regional Security Council (RESEC) has to devote most of its sittings and time to address chieftaincy squabbles.
He was elated that the chiefs and people of Effiduase had formed a sanitation taskforce which is enforcing sanitation laws in the area in support of the government’s national sanitation policy.
The Oyokohene, Nana Kodua Kesse, who is also a Member of the Council of State, said he was happy that unity was returning to the New Juaben area.
On Sunday, January 3, 2015, some eminent citizens and allies of Effiduase were honoured by the Effiduasehene. They included the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong and business tycoon, Joseph Kwasi Okyere.
Nana Okoawia Dwomo Baabu II, who is also the Nifahene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, was exceptionally grateful to the Okyenehene for the role played by his (Okyenehene’s) ancestors in hosting the people of Effiduase several years ago when they broke away from their original home at Asante Effidwase.
From Rocklyn Antonio, Effiduase