Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Pokuase rounds off Homowo
Story: EMMANUEL ADU-GYAMERAH & BELINDA ANTWI – Pokuase
The Pokuase Mantse, Nii Otto Kwame 1V, has advised against illegal sale of lands, since it has the tendency to create conflicts and also stall development.
Nii Kwame, who was speaking at a durbar held last Sunday at Pokuase to round off this year’s Homowo festival, said what was particularly worrying was the sale of land earmarked for development projects.
He, therefore, urged the citizens to be each others keeper and report people who indulged in the wrongful sale of lands for the necessary actions to be taken against them.
The Pokuase Mantse also called for unity and peace among the people and urged them to avoid litigation.
“Litigation do not yield anything fruitful; it only brings about conflicts and divisions, which are unhealthy for progress,” he said.
In a speech, the Ga West District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Eric Busby Quartey-Papafio, said the development of the Pokuase township was a major concern, especially as Ghana was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and promised to provide the town with pipe-borne water by the end of this year as a Golden Jubilee present.
He pleaded with the Pokuase Mantse and the sub-chiefs to continue to support the District Assembly to carry out its duties and responsibilities effectively.
The durbar, which is an annual event organized to inform the people of Pokuase about developments in the town and to allow the chief exchange greetings with other chiefs, was marked with traditional drumming and dancing, as well as education on road safety.
The Greater Accra Regional Co-ordinator of the National Road Safety Commission, Alhaji Mustapha Garbah, said statistics on road accidents in the Greater Accra Region were encouraging and stressed the need for intensified education to help check the situation.
“Statistically, four persons are killed each day in Ghana through road accident and 1600 people die annually. Out of these fatalities, 42 per cent of the affected are pedestrians and 21 per cent out of this 42 are children below 16.
That is to say that every one out of two pedestrians killed is below the age of 16,” Alhaji Garbah said.
He, therefore, appealed to motorists to look out for children during morning and afternoon hours and advised parents to teach their children the pedestrian rules of the road, adding that “it is not enough to tell them to be careful when crossing the road”.
Alhaji Garbah reminded contractors to use reflective materials and signs during road construction instead of resorting to the pieces of bamboo painted red and white to give directions.
“These do not reflect light and can cause serious accidents,” the Regional Co-ordinator of NRSC said.
Daily Graphic Tuesday, August 21, 2007. Pages: 24 & 25