The Omanhene of Nsawkaw Traditional Area, Odeneho Kutu Ayim Baffour II, has urged politicians to tone down their campaign messages, which have the potential to threaten the peace and stability of the nation in the run-up to the December polls.
He advised politicians to rather dwell on issues that would promote national unity and social cohesion as well as bring development and lead to an improvement in the living standards of Ghanaians.
He pointed out that Ghana had been an oasis of peace and stability in the sub-region and a model for multiparty democracy and therefore nothing should be done to derail the process.
Nana Baffour said this at his ‘outdooring’ ceremony following his enstoolment as the Paramount Chief of Nsawkaw Traditional Area in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Nana Baffour succeeded his late uncle Odeneho Twum Barimah Ameyaw II who died four years ago.
He used the occasion to impress on the youth in the area to desist from any acts that would lead to violence before, during and after the December 7 polls and shun politicians who want to use them to foment trouble.
He also urged media practitioners not to allow themselves to be used as tools to fan conflicts, whether ethnic, political, religious or any other form which could retard the smooth development of communities or could lead to the destruction of life and property.
Touching on the issues of rampant bush fires and the cutting down of trees in the forest reserves in the area, Nana Baffour urged his elders and the people to help fight such practices that had led to a change in rainfall patterns and the drying up of rivers and streams in the area.
On education, the Nsawkaw Omanhene appealed to the government to assist the traditional council to establish a community senior high school in the area to befit its status as the capital of the newly created Tain District.
He urged the people, especially the youth, to shun lifestyles that could fuel the spread of the deadly HIV/AIDS disease in the area and appealed to all religious leaders to join hands with ‘nananom’ in their fight against the spread of the disease.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tain, Madam Farizana Bintu Ibrahim, in her address pledged that the government through the district assembly would continue with the development agenda for the area.
She said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Kufuor deserved commendation, since it was the government that carved the district out of the Wenchi Municipality and brought about the construction of the Bui Hydroelectric project that had remained on the drawing board close to 100 years, thus creating jobs for the youth in the area.