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10.12.2009 General News

Queen worried about tribal conflicts and chieftaincy disputes

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Maase (ER) Dec. 10, GNA - Mamaga Ngoyifiaga Akosua, the queenmother of Sasa Traditional Area in the Volta Region, has expressed worry about the tribal conflicts and numerous chieftaincy disputes in her area.

She observed that those negative developments were hindering the provision of the needed infrastructure in the communities.

Mamaga Akosua was inaugurating 50,000 Euros clinic she constructed at Maase in the East Akyem Municipality.

The queenmother, who is a German, said because of her past experiences of living in a divided country for a long time she initiated the idea of connecting different areas in Ghana and starting with an Ewe-Ashanti project.

She said the Ewe-Ashanti project arose from discussions and interactions she had with the youth in her community in Sasa Traditional Area and other parts of the country.

Mamaga Akosua said most of the youth were totally disillusioned, angry and frustrated by the ethnic hatred and tensions being created by some politicians and opinion leaders in the country.

"They were concerned that Ghana was being polarized particularly after last year's elections thus raising serious concerns and issues about national unity."

She said the Asantehene and Torgbui Agokoli, the Ewe Fiaga, agreed on writing a foreword for the project adding that the project would be extended to other areas in Ghana, especially where there are serious tribal conflicts.

Ms Justina Fosu, Acting East Akyem Municipal Director of Health Services, said extending the coverage of basic and primary health care services to all Ghanaians was the major objective of the Ministry of Health.

She said in order to achieve that objective it would be necessary to engage the cooperation and authorization of the people themselves at the community level.

A former Ghanaian Ambassador to German, Mr Grant O. Kesse, appealed to communities to initiative self-help projects to accelerate the pace of development in their areas instead of always looking up to the government to provide them with all their basic needs.

He called for unity among Ghanaians at all times to help speed up development adding that in unity lies strength.


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