President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for a complete cessation of protracted chieftaincy disputes in the various communities of the GaDagme, which have been stalling social, and infrastructure growth and development in the Ga State.
According to the President, the situation where two persons will be installed to ascend one throne of the Ga State was not only an indictment on the people of GaDagme, but to the nation as a whole.
He therefore, and called on the principal kingmakers and elders to ensure that the legitimate and rightful persons are enstooled chiefs in Ga State in order to forestall peace and tranquility within the Greater Accra Region.
President Akufo-Addo made these observations when a forty-member delegation from the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council at Jamestown in Accra paid a courtesy call on him at the Flagstaff House last week Wednesday.
The visit was to officially inform President Akufo-Addo about the demise of the late Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, Oblimpong Nii Kojo Ababio V, whose death occurred on December 22, 2017.
The delegation was led by the Acting President of Alata Ngleshie Traditional Council, Nii Ngleshie Addy V, and was accompanied by some elders and chiefs of Jamestown including Queenmother of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, Naa Affipong III, Chairman of the Council, Asroy Hansen I, and Chief of Amamole, Nii Tettey Okpe II, together with the other chiefs, queen mothers and families of the late Oblimpong Nii Kojo Ababio V.
Addressing the gathering to console the chiefs and elders of Jamestown following the death of Oblimpong Kojo Ababio V, the President stressed the urgent need for Ga kingmakers and elders to do all they can to enstool a new chief as soon as possible to succeed the late Jamestown Mantse who he described as a “man of peace and unifier.”
“This custom and tradition must be done in order to keep the good image of Ga people,” Mr Akufo-Addo further emphasised.
The President, who was worried over the upsurge of the chieftaincy disputes in the Ga State, called for a total end to this practice, adding that, “enough of the insults from others who claimed that Ga people cannot get their chieftaincy act together.”
According to President Akufo-Addo, he would not want to hear this negative statement, and urged the kingmakers and elders of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council to start working on the enstoolment process to enstool the rightful person to ascend the throne in order to avoid any disturbances in the Jamestown enclave of Accra.
The President sees no reason why this cannot be done without a hitch since the kingmakers should already know the next chief members
Mr. Akufo-Addo charged the kingmakers, chiefs and elders of the area to be honest and enstool the right person to succeed the late Oblimpong Nii Kojo Ababio V.
Expressing sorrow over the death of Oblimpong Kojo Ababio V, the President shared fond memories of the late chief and accepted his demise.
He further expressed worry that Oblimpong Kojo Ababio V passed away without seeing the beginning of Jamestown restoration projects and programmes his government will be execute in the area.
To this end, Mr Akufo-Addo pledged to keep to the promises he made to the late Oblimpong Nii Kojo Ababio V because he (the President) was also part of the Jamestown community.
According to the President, he used to play in Jamestown and so he was passionate about rebuilding Jamestown.
He assured that he would put in much effort to make it happen.
For their part, Spokesperson for Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, Nii Tettey Okpe II, addressed the President by the title: “Ablade” that was conferred on him by the late Oblimpong Nii Kojo Ababio V.
He thanked the President for warmly receiving the group and touched on the promises that the President made to the late Oblimpong Nii Kojo Ababio V and to the people of Jamestown.
Currently, according to him, work on two of the projects would soon begin.
These, he mentioned, include the rebuilding of the Jamestown Habour and the building of a cold store in the area.
Nii Tettey Oke thanked the President for assuring them that he will fulfill all promises he made to the late paramount chief of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area.
Among those who attended the meeting were member of Council of State, Mr Ajiri Blankson and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sowah Adjei.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU