THE new Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, has appealed to Nananom to use the golden jubilee celebration of the creation of the region to resolve the numerous chieftaincy disputes that have bedevilled the region.
He said statistics available indicated that there were about 58 chieftaincy disputes currently pending before the regional house of chiefs.
Mr Opoku, therefore, urged the chiefs to take advantage of the golden jubilee to speed up the development of the region.
Mr Opoku made the appeal when he called on the Omanhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawirie II, at his palace in Sunyani on his assumption of duty as the Deputy Regional Minister.
He appealed to the feuding factions in the disputes to do away with their entrenched positions in the matter and resort to dialogue for the peaceful settlement of the cases.
The Brong Ahafo Region was created on April 4, 1959 by the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah of blessed memory, so Saturday, April 4, 2009 is exactly 50 years when the region was created.
According to him, the chieftaincy disputes in some parts of the region had retarded the development of the affected areas, and therefore implored those involved to give peace a chance, since it was the pre-requisite for development.
Mr Opoku seized the opportunity to thank the chiefs and people in the region for their various roles they played during the December 2008 general election.
“With the dust settling on last December’s election, we should all come together as one people so that the peace needed for the rapid development of the region can be achieved”, he emphasised.
Mr Opoku pledged that he would work assiduously and assist the regional minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, to ensure the success of his administration.
Touching on the yet to be appointed Municipal and District Executives (MDCEs) to the various municipal and district assemblies in the region, Mr Opoku reiterated the appeal made by the regional minister for Nananom to give their support and co-operation to anybody who would be appointed by the President to become a Municipal or District Chief Executive.
He stated that the NDC led government under President J.E.A. Mills was on track and would deliver on its campaign promises, and for that matter urged the people to exercise restraint since the government was on course.
Earlier in a welcome address, Nana Nkrawirie commended the President for ensuring geographical balance in his appointments, since the Deputy Regional Minister was from the Ahafo area, that is Sankore in the Asunafo South District, while the regional minister was from the Brong side.
He stressed that the President’s appointments should unite the people in the region since it was through traditional rulers from both sides of the region that were in the forefront for the creation of the region on April 4, 1959, two years after the country attained its independence.
Nana Nkrawirie stated that it was during the NDC era under former President Rawlings that the region celebrated its 40th anniversary of its creation and now it is another NDC government under President Mills that the region was celebrating its 50th anniversary.
He called on the deputy minister who was then part of the planning committee for the 40th anniversary celebration of the creation of the region to bring his expertise to bear on the 50th anniversary.
Present at the ceremony was the Queen of the Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Yaa Nyamaa II.