The Omanhene of Atebubu Traditional Area, Nana Owusu Akyeaw Brempong II has formally recognised Mr Sanja Nanja, the Atebubu-Amantin District Chief Executive (DCE).
The news of the acceptance and recognition of Mr Nanja as the DCE for the area by Nana Brempong and his elders last Monday afternoon spread like wildfire throughout the Atebubu metropolis, and many residents who spoke to the Daily Graphic said it was a welcome news, since it would help speed up the pace of development in the area.
Nana Brempong, who is also the President of the Atebubu Traditional Council, together with his elders about a year ago, kicked against the nomination of Mr Nanja as the DCE for Atebubu-Amantin by President J.E.A. Mills and called for his replacement, arguing that he was not an indigene or native of the area, but the President stood his grounds and Mr Nanja was subsequently approved by the assembly to become the substantive DCE.
Mr Nanja, was born and bred in Atebubu and until his appointment as the DCE, was a teacher, in the district.
The Omanhene and some of his elders who swore fire and brimstone not to have anything to do with the President’s appointee, later decided to rescind their decision, thereby making room for peace to prevail for rapid development.
Resolution of the differences was brokered by the President of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs and Omanhene of Kukuom Traditional Area, Osahene Kwaku Aterkyi, and his vice, Nana Yaw Kagbrese II, who is also the Omanhene of Yeji Traditional Area. He led a delegation, comprising some elders of the Atebubu-Amantin and staff of the district assembly.
The peace initiative was mooted by the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, who rooted it through the two chiefs to execute.
The traditional council also accepted into their fold once again the Kyidomhene of the Atebubu Traditional Area, Nana Osei Gyan Ababio, who defied the resolution of the council not to recognise and work with the DCE. He was subsequently banished from the town as the Kyidomhene by the traditional council.
Nana Gyan, at the peace and acceptance durbar at the Omanhene’s palace, presented a ram and bottles of Schnapps as custom demanded for the amicable settlement of the matter, while the assembly also presented a carton each of soft and alcoholic beverages and an unspecified amount of money to the council as well.
In his acceptance speech, Nana Brempong said he had nothing against Mr Nanja and the President Mills-led government and had, therefore, resolved to accept his appointee as the DCE for the area. He also pledged to work with him for peace and harmony to prevail in the area.
He, however, urged Mr Nanja to help resolve the dispute between the Yam Sellers Association and some other farmers at the Atebubu Yam Market.
Mr Nanja, for his part, thanked all, especially the Regional Minister and the two paramount chiefs, for resolving the impasse between them which had slowed down the pace of development in the area.
He thus pledged to resolve the market dispute, but said the decision to cede part of the land which was given to some traders to use as market by the Omanhene to the yam farmers was taken by the assembly and he would, therefore, consult his superiors and the assembly members to put the matter to rest.
Osahene Aterkyi and Nana Kagbrese, for their part, also thanked Nana Brempong for the acceptance and recognition of Mr Nanja as the DCE for Atebubu-Amantin, saying it was a healthy sign of good things to come, explaining that now that peace had prevailed, it would help in hastening the pace of development in the area and the region as a whole.
Hence, they pledged to communicate the outcome of the meeting to the Regional Minister, who initiated the move.
They also pledged that they would impress upon the Regional Minister, who the Omanhene accused, that because of the impasse between him and the DCE, had refused to pay him a visit, to do so now, now that the matter had been amicably resolved.
Osahene Aterkyi called on traditional rulers to co-operate and work hand-in-hand with their respective DCEs in order to speed up the development of their traditional areas rather than being up in arms with them, since both the institutions were for development in their respective areas of jurisdiction and also for an improvement in the living standards of the people.