From Richard Attenkah, Ashaiman
Members of the Kusaug, and other tribes from the three northern regions of the country, last Saturday congregated at the Ashaiman Mandela Park to witness the outdooring of the newly-installed Kusasi Chief for the Ashaiman community.
Naaba Akum-Abang, after his installation and outdooring, has been mandated to oversee and rule over Kusasi natives living in the Ashaiman Municipality and its environs.
There was plenty of fun and entertainment by various dancing groups from within the Ashaiman municipality and beyond, which converged there to ensure that the ceremony was a memorable and lasting one.
High profile personalities from all walks of life, including members of parliament (MP), municipal and district chief executives, chairmen of the various political parties, traditional rulers, northern tribal chiefs, beauty queens, reverend ministers, academicians, and musicians among others were there to grace the occasion.
Six MPs from the northern caucus in parliament, including the Majority Leader and MP for Bawku West, Cletus Apul Avoka, MP for Bawku Central, Adamu Dramani Sakande, and MP for Garu Tempane, Dominic Asumah, also graced the occasion.
The second runner up for the just-ended TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful pageant, Asibi, was also present at the occasion.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Bawku Paramount Chief, Naaba Aburagu Azorka II, called on natives of the area to endeavour to live good and exemplary lives away from home, as that was the only way they could become good ambassadors of the area.
He appealed to them to send their children to school, and give them quality education, saying, that was the only way they could secure a good future, not only for their children, but also for themselves.
The Bawku Paramount Chief further advised the people of Kusaug to remember those back home, so that when God blesses them, they would not forget to return home and help with the development of the area.
Addressing the gathering, the newly-installed Chief, Naaba Akum-Abang, appealed to the chiefs and people of the northern region to put a stop to bushburning, and take tree planting very serious, because, according to him, “an aggressive tree growing exercise will be successful, if the government considers it in its development agenda.”
He, therefore, appealed to the government to provide incentives for the protection of water-bodies, an issue he thinks, would help create employment and improve the standard of living of the people.
The new chief explained that when he was growing up as a young man in the north, there was sufficient food production, because the land was good and fertile, but today, “the climate has changed, the rains are most erratic, and when they come, they are accompanied by disasters.
“I want to believe that one of the major causes of the current situation is the fast approaching deserts. The cattle have no fodder, the shepherds have no fruits, the wild animals have no shelter, and the people have no economic activity,” he noted, adding “that is why the people have to take tree planting serious to help change the situation.”
Cletus Avoka thanked the people for organising such a peaceful installation and outdooring of their new chief, much to the admiration of everybody in the country.
He advised the newly-installed chief to use his experience and maturity to sustain the peace and tranquility that has existed among members of the community in times past, and even go a step further to bring them together.