THE Odumase Number One and Awuah Odumase Traditional Councils have jointly honoured the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo.
The two paramountcies with their headquarters at Odumase, the capital of the newly created Sunyani West District, did the regional minister the honour by making him a Development Chief (Nkosuohene) of the area under the stool name, Nana Kwadwo Nyamekye-Beyeman.
The installation ceremony was jointly performed by the Queen of Odumase Number One, Nana Abena Boatemaa, and the Omanhene of Awuah Odumase, Nana Kwame Korang VI.
A stool was presented to Nana Kwadwo Nyamekye-Beyeman as a symbol of his office as the Nkosuohene of Odumase.
The installation coincided with the maiden visit of Mr Nyamekye-Marfo to Odumase as the New Brong Ahafo Regional Minister.
Early on, Nana Korang had recalled the good work of Mr Nyamekye-Marfo when he served as the District Secretary (DS) for the Jaman District and later the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sunyani.
He expressed the hope that the regional minister would continue to work hard as he did when he was a district secretary and a DCE.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo thanked the two traditional councils for the honour done him and promised that he would use his position as the regional minister to serve the region.
He stressed the need for all citizens of Brong-Ahafo to come together to better their lot irrespective of their political affiliation.
The Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, and the Deputy National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Yaw Gyan, urged the people of Odumase to give the government the needed support to speed up the progress of the area.
The spokesperson for the two traditional councils, Mr Daniel Adusei-Poku, used the occasion to congratulate President J.E.A. Mills on winning the 2008 general election and thanked him for appointing Mr Nyamekye-Marfo as the regional minister.
Mr Aduse-Poku pledged the support of the chiefs and people of Odumase for the new regional minister, stressing that they had confidence in him that he would deliver.
He appealed to Mr Nyamekye-Marfo to use his good offices in providing the needed infrastructure for the Sunyani West District.
Mr Aduse-Poku also made other appeals that included the development of the Sunyani-Odumase dual carriageway.