The chiefs of Ankaful, a fishing community near Saltpond in the Central Region, have banned women in the town from exposing their breasts in public.
Nana Kwame Entsiful IV, the chief of the town, who announced the ban at a durbar to celebrate the annual Okyir Festival of the people, said the practice, which was an "eyesore", was becoming very common.
“The ban is to ensure decency in dressing by women,” Nana Entsiful stated, and warned that severe sanctions would be imposed on any woman who flouted the ban.
Nana Entsiful urged women to stop wasting "so much money" on new dresses, clothes and other items for frivolous social functions such as naming, which landed them in debt.
“Getting one cloth to enable you to go to church to thank God for safe delivery will do,” he said.
The chief appealed to the government to solve the acute water problem facing the town, which has resulted in a bucket of water being sold for ¢1,500.
He commended World Vision, Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), for constructing a school block for the town and appealed to the people to give the NGO their support to complete the project on time.
Nana Entsiful called for the rehabilitation of the road leading to the town, which is in a deplorable condition.
In a speech read on his behalf by Mrs Rita Incoom, the assembly woman for the area, Mr Robert Quainoo-Arthur, the District Chief Executive for Mfantseman, stated that the tarring of the road from Saltpond to Ankaful would be undertaken under the second phase of road rehabilitation in the area and appealed to them to be patient.
The DCE said the water problem facing the area would be a thing of the past when the Baifikrom water expansion programme was completed.