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Akuapem Celebrates Odwira

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Akuapem Celebrates Odwira

THE OMANHENE of the Akuapem Traditional Area in the Eastern region, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, has called on all stakeholders to do all in their power to reverse the continued deterioration in morality among the youth to ensure the ‘proper’ development of the country.

Oseadeeyo said moral decadence in the youth had greatly contributed to many vices in the society, stressing that the situation could endanger the proper growth of the country.

According to him, homosexuality, promiscuity among the youth, armed robbery and disrespect for authority were as a result of breakdown of moral values in contemporary Ghana and if nothing was done about it, it would affect the future of the country.

Oseadeeyo was speaking at a grand durbar to climax this year’s Odwira festival of chiefs and people of Akropong-Akuapem on Friday.

The durbar was attended by a large number of people from all walks of life including a powerful delegation from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by its flag-bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo whose father comes from the area.

Before the durbar, sub-chiefs in the traditional area dressed in their rich kente and regalia had paraded through the main streets of the town in their palanquins.

Oseadeeyo, who was speaking on the festival’s theme ‘Need For Moral Restoration In Ghana’, said respect and obedience to authority or the elderly was a necessary ingredient for a stable society.

He said parents, teachers and religious leaders should ensure children are disciplined and duty-conscious in whatever they did.

He made particular reference to the Akuapem Traditional Area where discipline was part and parcel of their lives and religiously inculcated in the youth.

He said this traditional discipline amongst Akuapems had also been greatly affected by the general decadence in the country.

He therefore called on the Akuapems to lead the crusade to help reverse the trend of moral decadence among the youth by exhibiting moral virtues known of Akuapems.

The Akuapem Omanhene called on politicians to lead exemplary lives and ensure a clean campaign during next year’s general elections.

The Eastern regional minister, Dr Akyem Appea-Kubi, who represented the president, expressed concern about disunity among the Akuapems and the growing chieftaincy and land disputes in the area. He called on Akuapems to resolve those challenges to help speed up development in the area.

The announcement of Nana Akufo-Addo’s presence at the function threw the whole ground into a frenzy.

From Thomas Fosu Jnr, Akropong-Akuapem

Source: Daily Guide/Ghana



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