Monday, August 20, 2007
James Town honours illustrious citizens
By: FRANCIS ASAMOAH TUFFOUR
THE Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has appealed to chiefs and people of the Ga State to let unity and peace prevail among them.
Speaking at a durbar of chiefs and people of James Town to run off their Homowo celebration on Saturday, he said there can only be hooting at hunger when there is peace in the community.
“Accra, being the capital of Ghana, requires peace and stability to propel national development”, he said.
The occasion which was on the theme ‘Traditional festivals and traditional role of chiefs; 50 years of Ghana’s independence’, was also used to honour some illustrious sons and daughters of James Town who have contributed immensely to the nation and the world at large They were presented with a citation and kente cloth.
Those honored Mrs. Mary Chinary Hesseh, Chief Advisor to the President, the Chief Justice, Georgina Woode and the Minister of Communication and National Orientation, Mrs. Florence Oboshie Sai-Coffie.
The rest are the Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and PSI, Shirley Ayorkor Botwe and Dr. Alfred Ayitey Adamah, a medical officer.
Vice President Mahama said misunderstanding and conflict among parties deter investors from investing since they can only do business in community or country where peace and tranquility prevail.
He said that chieftaincy disputes and communal violence breed insecurity which leads to capital flight.
The Vice President also expressed concern about the spate of land dispute and litigations in the Greater Accra Region which he said needed to be looked at.
“Land litigation drives away prospective investors and diverts attention from the challenges of poverty and under developing” he said. “It is therefore your responsibility to ensure that peace and stability prevail here to attract the required investment.
“I will therefore like to use this opportunity to appeal to you to try as much as possible to resolve all chieftaincy disputes through dialogue since I believe there was no issue beyond resolution”.
“I want to urge you to see yourselves as one people because when you are one, differences will be easier to resolve,” the Vice President said.
Alhaji Mahama said one of the government’s priorities is to invest more in human resource development and called on parents to take advantage of the capitation grant school feeding programme to send their children to school.
He also urged the people to take advantage of the National Health Insurance Scheme, to access quality health care service to enhance their health status.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Sheikh I.C Quaye, congratulated people of Ga State on successfully celebrating the festival despite the initial hype of fear and tension.
He said the festival exemplifies traditional values of unity, peaceful co-existence, sanctity and respect for the environment and constituted authority.
James Town Mantse, Nii Kojo Ababio V, recounted the contributions of chiefs played in the development and sustenance of democracy of the country and said the consolidation of democracy does not in any way abate the importance of chieftaincy in the affairs of the country.
He has therefore called on chiefs to get on board in support of the government to move the nation forward.
The acting British High Commission to Ghana, Richard Powel, who was a guest, commended the chief and people of James Town on the occasion of celebrating the Homowa.
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