The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III, has proposed to establish a Ga Development Corporation (GDC) to raise funds for the speedy development of the Ga State.
He said the GDC would seek support from individuals and organisations, both at home and abroad, to support the proposed development initiatives, adding that “it is time for the Ga State to rediscover its lost glory”.
King Tackie Tawiah made the proposal on Saturday at his grand coronation at the Ga Mantse Palace at Kaneshie in Accra.
It was attended by hundreds of people from all walks of life, including ministers of state, traditional rulers and other dignitaries.
Among them were the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Sheikh I. C. Quaye; the Minister of Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr S. K. Boafo; the Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson.
According to King Tackie Tawiah, every child developed by learning how to sit, crawl, walk and run but pointed out that the situation in which Gas found themselves today demanded that “we run immediately because we are lagging behind”.
He, therefore, urged the people to bury their differences and forge ahead for the development and good of the Ga State.
“As for we Gas, we are known for strong competition but in the end when the rightful winner has emerged, there is the need for us to forget about the past and move forward,” he remarked.
King Tackie Tawiah said he bore no grudge against his opponents because they were all brothers and sisters “so nobody should be surprised to see us eating from the same bowl one day”.
Acknowledging that Gas were people who were not ruled and led, he gave the assurance that he would walk with the people to redeem the image of Gas as a great people.
He paid special tribute to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene; Osagyefo Amotia Ofori Panin, the Okyenhene, and Togbui Afede IV, the Paramount Chief of the Asorgli State in the Volta Region, for their sterling leadership qualities which had transformed their people and their areas for the better.
King Tackie Tawiah pledged to follow in their footsteps to raise high the flag of Gas as people residing in the capital of the country.
The Ga Mantse resolved to work to retrieve all lands which had been lost to the Ga State through illegal means and asked for government support in that respect, as well as other areas where they might need help.
To spontaneous cheers, he remarked, “We will use the law to retrieve all the lands that we have lost over the years.”
The comment comes at a time when the sale of land through unlawful means in the Ga State has reached alarming proportions, depriving inhabitants and the real owners of their property.
King Tackie Tawiah said after that had been done successfully, Ga people who had lost their lands would have them reverted to them.
Story By Kofi Yeboah
& Charles Benoni Okine