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A traditional ruler has called for the revival of the Lawra-Jirapa-Lambussie confederation in the Lawra District of the Upper West Region, towards the settlement of all disputes and development of the area.
Naa Ansoleh Ganaa, paramount chief of the Jirapa Traditional Area, noted that the absence of such a body had resulted in the escalation of disagreements, disunity and the underdevelopment of the area.
He made the call at a durbar of chiefs and the people of the traditional area as part of this year’s Kobine festival celebration, at Lawra.
Naa Ganaa urged the people of Lawra, Jirapa and Lambussie to come together and settle all disputes amicably and pool resources for development to improve their standards of living.
"We must collectively be responsible for the settlement of all disputes and tackle development challenges facing our people and mobilize the people to undertake projects to complement government’s effort."
Naa Ganaa expressed worry that trees, including dawadawa and shea butter trees were being cut for use as firewood.
He called on the chiefs to formulate laws to prevent environmental degradation to avert floods.
Naa Ganaa appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to provide improved seeds for farmers because of the erratic rainfall pattern in the area in recent times.
Naa Ganaa noted that many farmers were still cultivating low yielding and late maturing traditional crops.
He advised women in the area against high intake of alcoholic beverages and reminded them that they played a significant role in home management and nation building.
The festival is celebrated annually at the end of the farming season to give thanks to God and the ancestors in anticipation of a bumper harvest.