Funeral of Paramount chief: Akuapem schools closed; residents to sleep at 10pm

A week-long funeral activities for the late Paramount Chief of the Akuapem Traditional Area, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa has brought life in the community to a halt.

Schools have been closed down from Monday and will remain closed for a week. Entertainment centers, drinking bars and other business owners have been ordered to close early.

Residents in the town have also have been asked to sleep by 10:00 pm each night and are to wear red attires in honour of the late chief.

Hundreds of security persons have been deployed on the streets to maintain law and order. The directives which have already been enforced have been criticized by some of the residents.

Some residents and critics do not understand why the funeral of the late paramount chief would bring all activities in the area to a halt.

But the District Chief Executive for Akwapim North George Opare Addo has justified the decision to close down the schools.

He explained the schools were closed down in the interest of the school children.

He told Joy News dozens of people will be becoming to the area to mourn the dead chief and it was important to keep the children safe.

He said the schools were closed after comprehensive consultation with stakeholders in the community, adding, after the funeral the schools will make up for the lost time.

Commenting on the strict dress code which is red attire, the DCE said the attire is only meant for those who will be interested in filing past the body of the late chief.

Such persons should not be wearing ornaments, ear rings while paying homage to the late chief, he said.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service in the Eastern Region Emmanuel Asiedu Acheampong told Joy News the academic calendar will be extended to make up for the one week lost period.

“The funeral is taking place within a week. So this very week till the end of that week the place is very busy and we wouldn’t to take any risk. So it is just for a short while that these children been sent home in order to avert any possible eventuality.

“So it is in the interest and safety of these children that we have taken this decision,” he said.

The Deputy Eastern Region Police commander, ACP John Abass says the police is ready to maintain security over the period within which the funeral activities will be held.

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