THERE was wild jubilation yesterday at Ga Mashie in Accra when the newly-installed Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, officially performed the traditional rituals to induct the Ga Akwashongtse, Nii Boi Kakadann ll, into the Ga Mantse Paramount Black Stool House.
The customary rite which was initiated by King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II together with some principal kingmakers, Ga Royal Paramount Stool fathers, elders, Chief Priests and Priestesses signified that the two chiefs were accepted by the four ruling houses of the Ga state, including the Ga Traditional Council in the Greater Accra Region, as the legitimate and recognised traditional leaders in the Ga State.
The Ga Akwashongtse (leader of the Ga warriors) from Asere traditional area also swore the oath of secrecy and allegiance before the Ga Royal Paramount Black Stool, presided over by King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II.
The induction ceremony was witnessed by high-profile traditional leaders including Nii Frimpong-Head of Asere ruling house, Nii Abease Susubiribi I- Asere Atofotse, Nii Amakai III-Asere Dzaasetse, Nii Ayi III- North Odorkor Dzaasetse, Nii Quao Donkor II- Asere-Tsoro Mantse and Nii Ahene Nunoo III-Abola Mantse among others amid chanting and singing of Ga war songs and beating of war and traditional drums.
Briefing the media after the induction ceremony, Nii Boi Kakadann ll thanked the kingmakers for installing a new Ga Mantse and pledged his support to work closely with King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II to lift the image of the Ga State high.
In his view unity of the Ga State was important for development, hence he will always stand by the new Ga king in pursuing his agenda of building peace and ending all disputes in the Ga State.
Speaking on his vision for the people of Ga, he pledged to make the girl-child education a priority and ensure that all the necessary assistant is given to children to go to school so as to secure their future and end the growing teenage pregnancy.
He also indicated his readiness to ensure that chieftaincy disputes that have arisen out of more than one occupants to a stool, are addressed.
According to him, all illegitimate chiefs holding themselves as chiefs in the various Ga Damgbe communities will be called to order so as to create a society where legitimate and deserving persons ascend the thrones as chiefs in their areas.
For his part, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II expressed appreciation to the kingmakers and indicated that the induction of Ga Akwashongtse was in the right direction since it comes at the time when the people of Ga have a new and legitimate king in the person of King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II.
He noted that the induction of the Akwashongtse will offer the needed support to the Ga Mantse in realising his vision for the people and be able to lead in peace.
He called on all citizens of Ga State to accord the two chiefs all the necessary support in the discharge of their traditional duties in order to help develop the Ga State.
According to him, the installation and induction of the two chiefs into the Ga Stool House marks the beginning of the agenda he is pursuing as the Ga Mantse to unite his people towards the attainment of peace.
King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II however, assured the people of the Ga State and the country at large of ending the protracted chieftaincy disputes in the Ga State within this year.
He said efforts were in place to bring all feuding factions in the various areas within the Ga State together in order to bring unity and peace
Other elders who graced the occasion included the Ga Sentse, Nii Tetteh Ashong V, Head of Abola Piam family and head of Akropong Division, Nii Akropong IV, Head of Amugi family, Nii Amui DeGraft Quays, Ga Dzaase Principal Elder, Nii Adu Mensah Tackie among others.
Story: Ato KEELSON & Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU