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Nayiri Appeals For Calm in Bawku

2008-02-06 00:05:10
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The Nayiri, Naa-Bohigu Abdulai Mahami, King of the Mamprugu Traditional Area has appealed to the feuding factions in the Bawku chieftaincy conflict to lay down their arms and put a stop to the fratricidal communal clash which has caused so much destruction, suffering and death in the area.

The king noted with great concern that the days when traditional rulers led their subjects to execute wars of expansion were over and therefore advised that traditional rulers should now assume new roles as development agents.

He therefore called on both Mamprusis and Kusasis in the Bawku Traditional Area to bury the hatchet and extend a hand of friendship and forgiveness to each other for the common good of their people.

Nayiri Mahami made the call at Zuarungu, a farming community in Bolgatanga on the occasion of the celebration of this year's "Ndakoya" festival for the Chiefs and people of the area held at the weekend here.

Speaking on the theme of the festival dubbed, "The role of traditional rulers in ensuring community peace for sustainable development," Alhassan Samari, Upper East Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf appealed to traditional leaders and their people to help promote the peace and unity of their areas of jurisdiction.

"There is no doubt that when conflict erupts, all available resources both human and material are diverted to halt instead of pursuing development programmes to better the lost of the people," he bemoaned.

Mr Samari advised parents to take advantage of the School Feeding Programme and the Capitation Grant Scheme and send their children of school going age particularly the girl child to school to boost the area's human resource base.

The regional minister also urged traditional rulers to use their time tested wisdom to advise politicians any time they visit their palaces as the political fever is gaining momentum.

David Apasara, Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga urged traditional rulers to disconnect themselves from politics and play their traditional roles towards nation building. Only thus, he said, will the chieftaincy institution be respected throughout the nation.

Mr Apasara also government's proposal of a Northern Development Fund to develop the three northern regions but called for its early implementation and fair distribution.

The MP further challenged the people of northern Ghana to see themselves as one common people and get united to collectively eradicate their problems of poverty, ignorance and disease for the common good of the area.

This, he observed will enable them to tackle their numerous developmental problems with a common agenda and not fighting among themselves over chieftaincy and land issues.

source: The Statesman

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