Okyenhene Goes Wild Over Roads

Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin
THE OKYENHENE, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has stated that he would mobilise resources to construct the deplorable roads in the Eastern Region, which the central government has failed to undertake.

A couple of months ago, the Okyenhene, who doubles as the President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, received several complaints from his sub-chiefs concerning the bad roads in the region.

Following that, the Okyenhene, together with some of the traditional rulers in the region, embarked on a day’s inspection tour of the major deplorable roads at Nsawam through Suhum to Apedwa Junction.

Others were Suhum to Asamankese; Asamankese to Kade and the roads at Akyem Oda and its surrounding communities.

Last Sunday the Okyenhene, through his lawyer, Kwame Boateng, made the disclosure at a gathering of chiefs and Akyem citizens at the second Okyeman Congress held at the Bunso Cocoa College in the East Akim Municipality.

This followed a caucus meeting held by the chiefs to point out issues affecting the Akyem communities such as agriculture, education, infrastructural development and environmental sanitation.

Lawyer Kwame Boateng noted that the government had failed to listen to the people and the traditional rulers in the region regarding the bad roads. The chiefs, the lawyer maintained, had agreed to construct the affected roads and build toll booth to levy drivers by way of generating funds to support other social amenities.

The Okyeman Congress 2014 was the second meeting held under Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin after the first forum was held in 1977 under the reign of the late Osagyefo Kuntunkununku which aimed at gathering all the citizens of Akyem—both in Ghana and in the Diaspora—to discuss the future of Okyeman.

This year’s forum brought together professionals of Akyem descent—doctors, engineers, lawyers and judges. Politicians like Amoako Atta, MP for Atiwa West, Okyere Agyeman, alias Arafat, MP for Fanteakwa South and Nana Akomea, former MP who hails from Nsutam, were also in attendance. Paramount chiefs of the Okyeman Traditional Area of Akyem Abuakwa, Akyem Kotoku and Akyem Bosome, turned up for the event.

Okyenhene’s Appeal
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin appealed to all citizens of Akyem to rise up and fight for their rights since successive governments had failed to hear their cries, despite numerous appeals he had personally made to successive Presidents of the country.

He noted that the natural resources of the country were being mismanaged thereby creating poverty among Ghanaians and suggested that there should be a decentralisation system in the country for every community to manage its own resources.

Meanwhile, Mr Okyere Agyeman, Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa South, has thrown his weight behind the chiefs and disclosed that he had levied his constituents as well as some banks in the area for the rehabilitation of some of the bad roads.

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FROM Daniel Bampoe, Kyebi

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