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14.11.2008 Regional News

Help me fight bush burning-Nsakawhene pleads


The newly out-doored Paramount Chief of the Nsawkaw Traditional Area, in the Tain District, Odeneho Kutu Ayim Baffour, has appealed to members of his traditional council and the people, to assist in fighting the habitual annual bush burning in the area.

He said the annual incidence of bushfires in the traditional area, had contributed to the destruction of the vegetation and property, resulting in poverty for the people.

Odeneho Kutu Ayim Baffour made this call in his maiden address, during the traditional out-dooring ceremony after being installed and admitted to the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, as the Omanhene of the Nsawkaw Traditional Area.

He advised the people to, this time, spare the area from bushfires, particularly as the dry season was drawing close, in order to protect the environment.

Odeneho Kutu Ayim Baffour, a 54-year-old businessman, succeeded his late uncle, Odeneho Twum Barima Ameyaw, after a year of litigation.

The Chief of Brodi, Nana Sie Bofo, mediated to resolve the litigation, after it was sent to the Regional House of Chiefs, before the disputed factions agreed and accepted Odeneho Kutu Ayim Baffour as the Omanhene of the traditional area.

Four years and 40 days after the death of the Omanhene of the Nsawkaw Traditional Area, Odeneho Twum Barima Ameyaw, the seven royal Gates were asked to present a candidate each for the kingmakers to select a successor, which five out of the seven presented their candidates.

Out of the five candidates, the kingmakers selected Odeneho Kutu Ayim Baffour to succeed his uncle, with opposition from two of the kingmakers, which led to the matter being taken to the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, but through the intervention of the Brodihene, the dispute was resolved amicably.

On the elections, the newly out-doored Paramount Chief of Nsawkaw, Odeneho Ayim Baffour, urged the political parties to educate their supporters to avoid political violence before, during, and after the December polls, for the country to remain in peace.

According to him, Ghana had successfully held four credible elections, and he hoped that next month's elections would be violence-free.

Nana Ayim Baffour expressed concern over the alarming rate of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, and its consequences on the economy.

He appealed to the people of the area, particularly the youth, to desist from negative lifestyles that could lead them to contracting the dreaded disease.

The Wenchi Municipal Director of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Agyenim Boateng, took the opportunity to educate the electorate on the December elections, calling on all stakeholders to play their respective roles effectively, to ensure peaceful elections.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Tain, Hajia Farizana Bintu Ibrahim, urged the traditional rulers to play their roles effectively to promote good governance and peace in the country.

On the establishment of a Senior High School at Nsawkaw, the DCE said the Assembly would assist the traditional council establish the school.