OSU Alata gets new chief after 5-year
By: Richmond Amoako
After five years without a chief, the people of Osu Alata now have one. A new chief was installed last Saturday. Nii Kwabena Bonne V, is the chief of the area.
The well attended ceremony saw a colourful display of culture. Chiefs from different areas across the country who graced the occasion were beautifully dressed in their regalia.
The audience was treated to cultural music by Osu Alata Adowfoi amidst firing of muskets by Osu Alata Asafo Company.
Speaking as the guest of honour, Nii Armah Ashietey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, said the occasion was significant and historic given the numerous chieftaincy disputes that had engulfed the institution in the Greater Accra Region.
He said the chiefs and people of Osu Alata had made a mark for themselves by “choosing peace over conflict and unity over division.
“You have proved to the rest of Ghana and the world that we can accommodate, tolerant and co-exist without conflict”.
He said government had not paid compensation to deserving families for lands acquired from them due to the lack of unity and peaceful co-existence.
He, therefore, urged the chiefs and people of Osu to correct those anomalies in order for them to benefit from land compensation.
Nii Amarh Ashitey condemned the encroachment on government acquired lands in the region saying, “this practice is a clear case of lack of respect for the laws of Ghana”.
He told the new chief that his people expected him to motivate and inspire them towards the achievement of the vision for the general good of the area.
He added that government expected him to lead the people of Osu Alata with resolve and persistence to meet all the responsibilities of leadership.
“It is also my expectation that our chieftaincy dispute areas will emulate this example by the chiefs, elders and people of Osu Alata”, he stated.
Nana Amponsawa IV, Queen mother of Osu Alata, congratulated the new chief on his installation.
She identified some of the area’s problems as teenage pregnancy and gambling among children, adding, “unemployment is rife in this community and this state of affair is partly based on the school dropout syndrome”.
Nii Kwabena Bonne V, thanked God and expressed his gratitude to the elders and people of Osu Alata for the honour.
He advised parents to invest in the education of their children and called on the people to rally behind him to develop the area.
Ghanaian Times - page: 7 Tuesday, September 30, 2009