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Kandiga Naba launches 50th anniversary celebration of his enskinment

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The chief of Kandiga traditional area in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, Naba Henry Abawine Amenga-Etego II has launched the 50th Anniversary celebration of his enskinment. The year-long activity is under the theme, ‘50 Years of Selfless and Charismatic Leadership: Consolidating our Unity and Strengths for Holistic Development’.

The launch of the anniversary celebration will follow a lineup of activities such as cleaning up exercise, health screening, football gala, and singing and dancing competition with the climax scheduled to take place in November 2023.

Celebrating the gains made as chief of Kandiga, Naba Amenga-Etego called on the people of the community to embrace peace and forge together for the development of the community.

“During my reign, the New year celebration couldn’t triumph but I instituted the local festival “Monkeka” to reunite the people and harness potential for development. It is my prayer and hope that this golden age, unity, and harmony are restored for a total transformation of the people as well as socio-economic development. Let us continue the solidarity and collaboration. I am grateful to all who are part of the process. May we put our strengths together with the synergy to move forward”, he said.

At his youthful age and student of the Notre Dame Senior High School in Navrongo, the search for a successor to the throne of Kandiga landed on him after his late father, Naba Paul Amenga-Etego I was called to his maker. Naba Henry Abawine Amenga-Etego II was then enskinned chief of the Kandiga Traditional area in the year 1972.

The overload of Kandiga for the past 50 years has been able to unite the people towards the development of the area. Among the activities under his watch is the reshaping of major roads and culverts in the community that were cut off during the rainy season.

The Kandiga Area Council Chairman, Mathew Akakuzia Abingyuure who doubles as the assemblyman for the Nindongo electoral area said the chief was able to lobby for projects such as schools, and sources of potable water among others during his reign.

Even though peace has returned between the people of Kandiga and Doba over a long-standing land dispute, Mr. Akakuzia said Naba Amenga-Etego II has not relented over efforts to ensure lasting peace returns between the two communities.

After serving the people of Kandiga for 50 years, the Chairman of the Kandiga Area Council said one major setback to the Kandiga skin is the delay to elevate it to the status of paramountcy.

“His traditional area has about 10 electoral areas, so he is qualified to be a paramount chief. Unfortunately, there are obstacles that are preventing him. So, our appeal is that all stakeholders, the Regional House of Chiefs and National House of Chiefs should try their best to see how they can elevate him to the status of a paramount chief”, Mr. Akakuzia appealed.

The Chairman of the Kandiga Area Council lamented that the late Kandiga chief was the first person to bring education to the Kassena-Nankana East area, “unfortunately, Kandiga which has a good number of Primary and Junior High Schools has no single Senior High, Vocational or Technical School.”

He said the community started a Community Day SHS and part of the proceeds that would be realized from the anniversary celebration would be channeled to construct a 6-unit classroom block to meet the requirement for government to absorb it.

Before a durbar of chiefs and people of Kandiga to launch the 50th Anniversary celebration, a mass and prayers were said for Naba Henry Abawine Amenga-Etego II by two Catholic priests, Reverend Fr. Jonas Atarah and Rev. Fr. Jacob Moldaana of Martyrs of Uganda Parish of Sirigu.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Kandiga|Ghana


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