Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Chief calls for law on expensive funerals
THE Twifo Traditional Council in the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyrira District of the Central Region is considering instituting a law to ban the holding of expensive funerals in the area.
The move, the council explained is to enable parents to invest in the education of their children rather than waste money on clothes and drinks during funerals.
The Paramount Chief of the Area, Oberempong Appiah Nuamah 11, stated this when the Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, paid a visit to the area as part of his two-day visit to the district on Thursday.
The visit was to enable the minister to inspect some development projects in the district and also to interact with the people.
Oberempong Appiah Nuamah noted that the investment in funerals was to the detriment of education and was partly responsible for the low level of education in the area and the region as a whole.
He stated that the history of the region which was the cradle of education was diminishing due to the low level of education among the people.
The traditional council, he said, was making plans to institute a scholarship scheme to promote education in the area.
He appealed for the provision of a micro-credit scheme for the chiefs to enable them to improve on their finances and also assist in the town’s development.
Oberempong Appiah Nuamah further commended the government for initiating the capitation grant, which he said, had increased the enrolment of children in schools tremendously.
He also called for a collaboration between traditional authorities and government in the country’s democracy.
At Hemang, the Paramount Chief of the area, Nana Amoah Sasraku 11, appealed for the construction of a library to support education in the town.
He called for the early completion of the water project to help solve the numerous water problems in the area.
At Jukwa, the Minister paid a countesy call on the paramount chief of the Denkyira Traditional Area, Odeefoo Boa Amponsem 111.
Later at durbar, the Baamuhene of the Denkyira Traditional Area, who spoke on behalf of the paramount Chief, appealed for the expansion of health centre at Jukwa to meet the increasing number of patients who access health care at the centre.
He commended the government for initiating various developmental projects in the district and the nation as a whole.
On his part, Nana Ato Arthur expressed the government’s commitment towards the development of the country.
The Ghanaian Times - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Page: 23