From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, Srafa Mpoano
Odeεfo Akyin VIII, the paramount chief of Ekumfi State says his topmost priority is to transform the whole Ekumfi State into an enviable position in the country.
This, he noted, was what has informed his decision to solve all chieftaincy disputes within the paramountcy, so as to pave way for his broader vision of development.
Odeεfo Akyin stated this at Srafa Mpoano when he attended the colourful coronation of Nana Otwer Kↄko NyeekuVII, whose official enstoolment has ended 38 years of chieftaincy dispute in the area.
Speaking as chairman for the occasion, Odeεfo Akyin noted that protracted litigation and chieftaincy disputes have denied the Ekumfi State of their place in national discourse.
“Ekumfi State is naturally gifted by God. We are blessed with a lot of resources but yet we are impoverished because of litigations and lack of unity”, he emphasised.
He, therefore, advised all to bury their differences and allow unity to prevail by smoking the peace pipe and praised the elders for accepting his verdict wholeheartedly.
He again expressed the hope of getting all chieftaincy disputes in the area resolved before the middle of the year and roll out his development agenda for the entire Ekumfi State.
“Nana, you must note that you cannot rule alone so you must seek good counselling from your elders and never leave them behind,” said Odeεfo Akyin.
The new chief, Nana Otwer Kↄko Nyeeku VII, thanked his elders for the honour done him and pledged to serve them with humility, respect and trust.
He promised to initiate a ten-year development plan that would totally transform Srafa Mpoano and bring about development to improve the standard of living of the people.
It is instructive to stress that the over three decades’ litigation that started at the Ekumfi Traditional Council, travelled to the Central Regional House of Chiefs before reaching the National House of Chiefs, with no end in sight.
The Chronicle gathered that the late Odeεfo Akyin VI tried his possible best to have the matter resolved, but cool heads did not prevail until his demise.
However, Odeεfo Akyin VIII, has been able to settle the outstanding dispute through arbitration and the successful outcome has been embraced by all the factions.