Chiefs in the Greater Accra Region have been urged to unite so as to win investor confidence to the country since they, as a people, host the nation’s capital.
What happens in Accra is the first imprint on the minds of every business-minded person of the country without necessarily travelling physically the length and breadth of the place.
The Nkosuohene of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Nana Ofei Asamani I, gave the advice when he joined the Ga Mantse and his and his subjects in the Ga State to celebrate this year’s ‘homowo’ festival in Ga Mashie, Accra on Sunday.
Nana Asamani said that the Greater Accra Region is literally sitting on top of gold, but it would take only a united front of the indigenous people to harness such a wealth.
The Akwamu Nkosuohene stated that no serious minded person would like to invest in a conflict-stricken zone, hence he advocated for the constitution of a body by the traditional authorities to see to the settlement of the numerous chieftaincy disputes some of which have been in the courts for decades and over
Such litigations, he said, would not encourage investors to the area.
He named the beautiful beaches as potential tourists’ resorts which would generate employment and revenue for the youth who gets occupied so as not to be ensnared into undesirables such ‘landguardism.’
The salt industry in the region also attracted comment from the Akwamu Nkosuohene who asked the traditional authorities to take advantage of the oil find in Ghana to explore the commodity.
Nana Asamani used the occasion to appeal to government to re-engineer the capital to end the perennial flooding of Accra.
In another development, Nana Asamani reiterated a call on government to, as a matter of priority, endeavor to ensure that the Volta lake is navigable throughout the year
He stated that the multi-million-dollar 84km Tema-Akosombo rail line project would not make an impact if attention was not given to what happens in the lake with regard to the levels in the reservoir.
The Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC), a subsidiary of the Volta River Authority (VRA), is unable to sail her vessels each year between May and August due to low levels.
He believes that the primary aim of transporting cargos between Tema and the Sahel states would be defeated if the marine crafts of VLTC cannot make the entire 412km voyage from the Akosombo port to Buipe in the Northern Region.
The Ga Mantse, Nii Adama Latse, on his part, appealed to the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to be firm as he steers the ship of the nation.
According to Nii Ga, his people are peace-loving and it is only when the rightful persons are made chiefs that the conflicts among them will stop.
He appealed to the politicians to stop interfering in chieftaincy matters and allow the laws of the state to work.