By Inusa Musah
Manye Amponsah Dokua, Queenmother of the Osudoku Traditional Area, has urged parents to invest more of their energy in the upbringing of their children.
She said the government is doing its best for children of school-going age, yet parents had better do more to provide the needs of their children at school.
Manye Dokua told The Chronicle on the sidelines at last Saturday’s Aadegbor Dzehayem, an annual homecoming festival for the people of the Osudoku Traditional Area, at Osuwem, that core among the provisions of the needs of children by parents is security.
She explained that parents should constantly do their best to monitor their children to and from school, church and visits to other places.
“Providing our children with food, books, shelter and healthcare should not be all, considering how vulnerable children have become in our country in these recent times. As parents, we need to do more by constantly communicating with our children to know their whereabouts,” she advised parents and guardians.
Besides, she encouraged parents to repose confidence in the police instead of bastardising them, “because whether we like it or not, we cannot do without the police.
“The police can only function to our satisfaction when we release information to them timely, because, you know, security starts with us, the citizenry. It is when ours breaks that we call on the police for their professional expertise.”
To children, she cautioned them against accepting gifts and jollification with strangers.
Additionally, she advised children to move in the company of mature and responsible ones, whose lifestyles are worthy of emulation.
Finally, she implored the government to turn its attention to her traditional area, which is in dire need of development, such as good roads to attract local and foreign investors to open up the area.
The area’s land is arable for crop and animal farming, and with the availability of large tracts of land at its disposal, Manye Amponsah Dokua said the traditional area would be glad to host credible investors to open job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth.
For instance, the area, like Kwahu in the Eastern Region where paragliding has become an annual funfair for both home and foreign tourists, has high mountains which can generate some revenue for the assembly, as well as attract foreign investors to send development there.
The Chronicle has learnt that feasibility studies for the establishment of the first paragliding school in the area are far advanced, and the Osudoku Traditional Council has made land available for the tourism project.
In order to make the paragliding festival a success by attracting more patronage and investors, Manye Dokua entreated the government to fix the deplorable roads and bridges in the area to attract the needed investments.