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Kotintaabig chief celebrates annual festival with a call for peace between Kusasis and Mamprusis

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The chief of Kotintaabig, a community under the Sakote traditional area in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, Naba Bilheesong Lagwongt, has called on the feuding factions in Bawku, Kusasis, and Mamprusis to give peace a chance.

“Let me stand on the request for peace to appeal to our neighbouring Kusaug traditional area and the Kandiga/Doba communities to allow peace to prevail to enable development to take place in the region.”

He said the Upper East Region was lagging behind in terms of development because the resources meant to improve the lives of the residents were “mostly sacrificed on the basis of security upkeep.”

He made this passionate appeal during this year’s celebration of the annual Belim Ku’ure festival by the people of Kotintaabig. The festival is celebrated to foster unity among the people while trying to initiate developmental projects. The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘harnessing cultural resources for peacebuilding and development; the role of the traditional leader’.

Naba Lagwongt used the occasion to caution politicians and the media to be circumspect in dealing with matters on the chieftaincy institution. While calling on stakeholders to hold the chieftaincy institution in high esteem, Naba Lagwongt said the chieftaincy institute should also “endure to itself the reverence and reputation it is expected to create for itself”

Speaking on the country’s economy, the chief of Kotintaabig called on Ghanaians to domesticate and eat food produced in the country. The chief commended government for the provision of the Kontintaabig dam but appealed to government to address an elephant invasion that destroys crops annually by creating a tourist hub in Sakote to attract potential tourists in the Nabdam district.

He lamented that the community members were cut off during the rainy season due to the deplorable nature of the Sakote-Pelungu road.

The District Chief Executive for Nabdam, Madam Agnes Anamoo said major roads in the districts including the Gane Asonge road up to Pelungu through Kotintaabig are earmarked for construction with funding from the Gulf of Guinea Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) project.

She said the government would continue to provide social amenities and infrastructure to improve the lives of Nabdams and Ghanaians as a whole.

On his part, the Member of Parliament for Nabdam, Dr Mark Murt Nawaane thanked the people of Nabdam for the confidence they reposed in him as their MP. He said he was able to construct an ultramodern police station at Pelungu to provide security to the people. Dr Nawaane mentioned the construction of CHPS compounds and the drilling of boreholes as some of the major activities he had carried out during his tenure.

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



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