Akyem Asene Zongo gets new chief
Story: Samuel Kyei-Boateng, Akyem Asene
he Dagomba Chief in the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, Chief Alhaji Sulemana Ademu, has stressed the need for chiefs not only to lead exemplary lives, but also offer inspirational leadership to sustain the confidence of their subjects.
He urged them to eschew pride, arrogance, litigation, undermining, arbitrary rule, ostentatious lifestyles, since they had the potential of bringing their reign into dispute.
Alhaji Ademu made the call at the enskinment of Aminu Zakari Babagida Bosaso II as the new chief of Akyem Asesne Zongo near Oda in the Eastern region.
The new Sirinkyi Zongo, known in private life as Detective Corporal Aminu Zakari Babagida of the Accra Regional Police Headquarters, succeeded his late father, Chief Zakari Abubakari who passed away in October, last year.
The grand ceremony attracted people from all walks of life including traditional rulers, the clergy and Muslim leaders.
Alhaji Ademu advised the new Sirinkyi Zongo to treat all his subjects with respect and dignity, stressing that he should not discriminate against any section of the community or sect.
He enjoined him to encourage his subjects to pay special attention to the education of their children so as to produce intellectuals to assist in the development of the community in particular and the nation at large.
Alhaji Ademu advised parents in Zongo communities not to give their young female children of school going age for early marriage at the expense of their education since that would hinder their progress.
He thanked the Akyem chiefs and elders of Asene for their support and cooperation for the local Zongo community.
Alhaji Ademu mentioned in particular the peaceful manner in which the Gyaasehene, Nana Amoa Daadom, and his elders took pains to resolve the recent chieftaincy dispute among the royals of Asene Zongo , which could have divided them and wasted their resources.
For his part, Nana Amoa Daadom advised the Zongo , community to bury their difference now that they had enskinned a chief , and rally behind him to develop the area.
He urged Serinkyi Zakari to use his position as a police officer to unite his people and undertake development projects to raise their living standards.
The Gyaasehene assured the new Serinkyi Zongo of his unflinching support and that of his subjects at all times.
The head of the Dagomba community in the Greater Accra Region, Chief Kadir Abdul Tahir, who performed the customary rites, advised the Zongo community to co-operate with Serinkyi Zakari to ensure the success of his reign.
Daily Graphic, Page: 22 Tuesday, February 8, 2011