Mr. Yaw Okyere Ntrama, Mine Manager of Ahafo South Newmont Ghana Goldmine, last Monday, swore the Oath of Allegiance to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to be become the Chief of Essumeja Asantemanso in the Bekwai Municipality.
By extension, the new Chief becomes the Paramount Chief (Omanhene) of the Essumeja Traditional Area, and constitutes the Head of the Benkum wing of the Asanteman Council.
Stool Elders of Essumeja, including the Krontihene, Baffour Ntim Banahene; Nkosuohene Nana Akuoko Kwarteng and Ankobiahene Nana Kwadwo Nyarko, also took turns to swear to the Asantehene at Manhyia Palace to register their support for the new Chief.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu emphasised that he had the confidence that the Essumejahene would deliver, and urged him to work assiduously to bring development to Essumeja.
He also advised the elders of Essumeja, who had had a field day over the last 19 years without a substantive chief, to cooperate with the new Essumejahene, cautioning that though the Queenmother could be stubborn at times, with cooperation and unity of purpose the Essumaja
State could achieve its developmental agenda.
Nana Nsuase Poku Agyemang III, Otumfuo’s Chief Linguist (Akyeamehene), who is also the Nsuasehene, advised Nana Kusi Ntrama to jealously guard against the confidence reposed in him by the Asantehene’s choice to lead Essumeja.
Members of the Asanteman Council advised the new Essumeja Chief variously to be honest, transparent, respectful and ensure that the development of Asante becomes his priority.
Others also advised the new Chief to learn very fast and contribute well to the upliftment of the chieftaincy institution.
Nana Kusi Ntrama is known in private life as Yaw Okyere Ntrama. He is the Mine Manager of Ahafo South Newmont Ghana Goldmine.
He is a product of the University of Science and Technology School of Mines in Ghana, graduating in 1990.
His 31 years post-graduation experience in the mining industry spans gold, coal, diamond, and platinum.