Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III
Members of Parliament yesterday paid glowing tribute to the late Omanhene of the Akuapem Traditional Area, Oseadeeyo Nana Addo Dankwa III, who would be buried over the weekend after reigning for 41 years.
Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, known in private life as Stephen Afari Djan, was born on April 19, 1930 and passed on to glory on July 28, 2015.
Leading the tribute, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Akropong, William Ofori Boafo, said the late chief led Akuapem Traditional Area with distinction and left a legacy that would never be forgotten.
According to the Akropong MP, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III established the Akuapem Rural Development Foundation in 1980 to support education, farming, agro-industries and improve social infrastructure in the traditional area.
He also transformed the Akuapem Community Foundation into a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which also supported the development of the Akuapem Traditional Area.
According to Mr Boafo, the late chief also conferred past chieftaincy titles on warriors at the battle field and expanded the frontiers by conferring chieftaincy titles on persons from the Akuapem Traditional Area who distinguished themselves in the society through excellent and remarkable contributions and achievements in the media, law, banking, engineering and many more to enable them contribute their quota to the development of their area and their various fields of achievements and excellent endeavours.
He said he was instrumental in the building of a divisional police headquarters at Akuapem and also the establishment of a clinic at Akropong.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Banda, Ahmed Ibrahim, said that the late chief was properly trained and made to understand the institution of chieftaincy before being made a chief and that his successor must be a royal who is well-versed in the dynamics of the chieftaincy institution and also commands a lot of respect in the society, since the late Omanhene was a respected chief and a walking chieftaincy institution.
“The people of Akuapem must not allow anybody who is not connected to the stool to come and create confusion in selecting a successor to the Oforikum Stool,” he said.
The MP for Akuapem South, Osei Bonsu Amoah, in his contribution, said that the late chief who led an illustrious life was always forthright with the truth and that his life must be emulated by all Akuapems especially his successor.
The MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, said that the late chief used his resolution skills to unite divisions of the traditional area when the paramountcy nearly collapsed.
“The institution of chieftaincy is intended for development and that is exactly what Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa did when he was made the chief for the Akuapem Traditional Area,”
The MP for Atwima Mponua, Isaac Asiamah, said that the late chief showed a lot of interest in traditional issues and was the one who installed him as the chief farmer at the Akuafo Hall, University of Ghana in 1999.
He said it was unfortunate that a good institution like the chieftaincy institution has been bedevilled by unnecessary land and chieftaincy disputes which are tarnishing the image of the chieftaincy institution.
The late chief was a part-time lecturer in chieftaincy issues at the Ghana Armed Forces and Staff College at Teshie, a consultant in chieftaincy matters and a scholar who wrote so many books bordering on chieftaincy and was once the chairman of the Graphic Communications Group as well as the chairman of the Social Security Bank.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr