United in separation for progress; B/A shows the way
The chiefs and people of the erstwhile Brong-Ahafo Region have taken a bold historic decision to celebrate the creation of the region, even though it does not exist any longer.
With the creation of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions, the Brong-Ahafo Region ceased to exist, but the chiefs believe that the Brong-Ahafo Region, which hit 60 years just before it was divided into three, has lessons to offer the new regions.
The Chronicle is delighted that even though the chiefs and people of the former region have gone their separate ways, they still believe that they can remain united in separation for progress.
That, to us, at The Chronicle, is most commendable, especially when we look at it from the point of view that there is strength in unity, which is a requisite tool for accelerated development.
Professor Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, Chairman of the Planning Committee for the B/A@60 Anniversary, put it more succinctly when he said the celebration offers a fitting departure from the former region and cements the common history of its people for development.
The Chronicle has also taken notice of the fact that the chiefs and people of the erstwhile Brong-Ahafo Region wish to preserve the history of the region by constructing an ultra-modern cultural museum at the Sunyani Technical University (STU).
We are hoping that the cultural museum, when it sees the light of the day, would remind the people of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions and the public of their heritage, and maintain the great history and culture bequeathed them by the founders of the former region.
The Chronicle is also of the conviction that the younger generation in the three new regions, who never experienced the former Brong-Ahafo Region, would draw inspiration from the past image and fashion out pragmatic ways to further enhance the images of the new regions – Bono, Bono East and Ahafo – they find themselves in.
The Chronicle would also like to call on the chiefs and other stakeholders who endorsed the celebration to ensure that it is used to adopt strategies to make the aspirations of the new regions a reality.
We are informed that, in essence, the celebration is to highlight the achievements of Brong-Ahafo @ 60, but the organisers must draw lessons that will propel the progress of the three new regions as they start new lives.
Furthermore, The Chronicle would like to caution the chiefs and people of the three new regions that they would a do a great deal of good to themselves and their areas if they do not use the event for merry making alone, but rather to effectively re-brand and sell the new regions to the outside for partnerships that would eventually lead to development.
The presence of President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Grand Durbar (Nkradie Afahye) to climax the 60th Anniversary celebration in Sunyani tomorrow is indicative of the fact that the celebration is a worthy one, and we urge that all hands must be on deck in achieving the goals of the celebration.
The Chronicle would also commend the Planning Committee and Abibrem Communications, organisers of the B/A @60 Anniversary, for the foresight in executing the event, which, from all indications, has served a good purpose.
From the management and staff of The Chronicle, we say Ayekoo to the chiefs and people of erstwhile Brong-Ahafo Region, and Akwaaba to the good people of Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
What you have done could be replicated in other areas as we move forward as a nation.