Aadegbor Ngmogmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI, Paramount Chief of the Osudoku Traditional Area, has launched the 2018 celebration of the Osudoku Aadegbor Dzehayem at the Traditional Council, Osuwem.
This is the second time the chiefs and people of the area are going to come together to celebrate the social festival, scheduled for September 21 to 30, after the maiden one last year.
“This festival must unite all the children of this soil, both home and abroad, because, in unity, lies strength for development,” Aadegbor Animle VI advised his subjects at the launch.
The Osudoku Traditional Area has vast arable land for farming and industries, however, ‘unhealthy’ land litigation and disputes have continued to scare both local and foreign investors from establishing vibrant economic businesses in the area to create employment for the youth.
Aadegbor Animle VI, based on these, implored any disputing families in the area to smoke the peace-pipe and pool resources to be less dependent on the government.
He said: “If other traditional areas are developing through festivals, we from Osudoku can do better, because, I believe and have confidence in the children of this soil.”
Receiving loud applause and cheers from the gathering, Aadegbor Ngmogmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI outlined the activities for the 2018 Aadegbor Dzehayem Festival, and among them include a canoe race and climbing of the Osudoku Mountain to visit their ancestral home.
He extended hands of invitation to genuine investors to the festival.
Prior to the launching, Nene Tetteh Otibo IV, Manklalo of the Traditional Area, with the Queenmother and some sub-chiefs, inspected work on the reconstruction of the Asutsuare bridge.
For about two years, the metallic bridge was impassable by either vehicles or pedestrians, as its metal rails were rusty and hung loose, and its floor was feeble.
Commuters had to make long winding detours from Asutsuare or Osuwem to Akuse or Kpong.
Therefore, following a series of appeals to the Shai-Osudoku District Chief Executive (DCE), Edward Akufo, the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) engaged a civil engineer to reconstruct the bridge, with the new bridge being wider and longer than it was previously.
The single-lane bridge has no pedestrians’ walkway, and this, Nene Tetteh Otibo IV observed, would be risky to pupils and children who cross the bridge to and from school.
Commending the DCE and government for the intervening to complete the bridge within two months, Nene Otibo IV suggested a strict directive from the Assembly to restrict trucks beyond a certain weight from plying the bridge.
“Such heavy duty trucks, the Stool would suggest, should be directed to use the diversion, so that only light vehicles use this bridge.
“Lastly, we entreat the GHA to regularly send engineers to be inspecting and maintain the bridge. It is about time we took maintenance very importantly as a state,” he concluded.