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29.12.2006 General News

Chief bans gossiping, quarrelling

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The chief of Gomoa Ankamu has banned cursing, quarreling and gossiping as part of measures to maintain peace in the town. Nana Ankamu Otabil IX announced the ban at his outdooring at Ankamu near Apam in the Central Region. Nana Otabil, known in private life as Dr Kofi Nyamekye Pitsil Brace, is a Veterinary Doctor based in Finland. He succeeded his uncle, Nana Ankamu Otabil VIII, who died about two years ago.

Nana Otabil said anyone found guilty of quarreling and gossiping would be made to provide two bags of cement for on-going projects while a curse would attract a fine of two bags of cement, a ram and drinks to revoke the curse. "We need a lot of cement for our development projects."

"Those who do not want to live in peace with their neighbours will be made to provide them for us", the Chief who is also the Ankobeahene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, said.

Nana Otabil also banned children of school going age from selling or hawking and warned of severe sanctions against parents of childr3en who would defy the ban. He mentioned provision of educational facilities including a library and establishment of a police station as his priority and appealed for support. Nana Otabil announced plans to establish a micro-credit scheme in form of a credit union to encourage his people to cultivate the habit of saving and also to generate funds to support their businesses.

Nana Kweku Dadzie II, Obaatan of Ankamu and Apagyahene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, appealed to the new chief to bring his experience to bear on the development of the town. Nana Dadzie, who was the Chief of Staff during the NDC Administration, called for cooperation and support for the new chief and reminded them that development did not rest on one person.

In a speech read on her behalf Madam Joyce Aidoo, the Gomoa District Chief Executive, expressed concern about the large number of children who were not in school despite the introduction of the Capitation Grant. Mr Kwasi Naatei, an employee of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust, was outdoored as Gyasehene of Gomoa Ankamu under the stool name Nana Kwaw Bortsi I.