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The Mankessim Traditional Council (MTC) is on the heels of the Mfantseman Municipal Assembly (MMA) of the Central Region (CR), for its shares of revenue generated from the Mankessim market.
According to the Council, the Assembly had cheated them for long and it is about time they express their grievances.
This was made known by the Omanhen of the council and chief of Mankessim, Osagyefo Amanfo Adu VI, when he addressed a durbar to climax this year’s Mankessim annual Borbor Mfantse Amansi Akwambo over the weekend.
“We the Nananom of Mankessim Traditional area are still not happy about the Assembly’s continuous silence over our demand of the shares from the money collected from the market………we all testify that the market is there because there is Mankessim, and Mankessim is Mankessim as a result of we the traditional rulers, so how come we nuture something but denied from enjoying…….we by this announcement inform the assembly that if we don’t hear from them (Mfantseman assembly) we will advise ourselves, and if we do, no one should complain,” Osagyefo Amanfo Adu VI fumed.
Osagye then called on all those who have turned 18 years and above and of sound mind and do not have their names in the voters’ register to take the advantage of the limited registration which is yet to be conducted by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (ECG) to have their names captured in the register.
He then urged all Ghanaians to embrace the double track system introduced by the government saying,
“though it has challenges but we must weigh the challenges and the benefits and see whether or not it is a bad policy or not.
“Having said that, I charge therefore the government to come out with more education on the policy so that people understand it well”, Osagyefo Amanfo Adu VI charged, believing that it is the lack of proper and enough education that had breeded criticisms and public outcry.
In his response, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Mfantseman Municipality, Hon Kenneth Kelly Essuman, who was present at the durbar together with other government officials such as the deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture minister; Hon Iddi Ziblim, MP for Awutu Senya East and Minister of Special Initiative; Hon Mavis Hawa Koomson, MP for Abura Asebu Kwamankese;Hon Elvis Morris Donkor and the MP for Mfantseman constituency, assured the MTC that the request would be put before the general assembly for deliberation and consideration.
“Nana, concerning your request, the assembly had already begun working on it and as the assembly is also a local parliament, the request would be put to the general House for further deliberations and consideration….we’ll be having a sitting in the coming days so Nana, we will work on it”, Hon Essuman assured
He announced that the municipality, as part of the government’s ‘one district one factory’ and ‘planting for food and jobs’ policies, has plans ahead of engaging in vegetable production and urged the Omanhen to make the 200acre land he [Omanhen] had promised the assembly a year ago.
Hon Essuman moreover revealed that the municipality will be engaging in what they term as “Planting for Export and Rural Development” (PERD) which they will be cultivating coconut and other vegetables.
“We all do testify that coconut has become money nowadays so in no time, the Mfantseman assembly is poised to cultivating 200,000 coconuts in the municipality…..and we will set up a coconut oil processing factory, so in order not to have the factory before the raw materials, we will start with the cultivation of the coconut trees before the factory so that by the time we finish setting up the factory, then there would be raw materials there already to feed it”, Mr KK Essuman hinted
The 2018 Borbor Mfantse Akwambo, according to the Omanhen, was not planned to be celebrated bigger as he and his chiefs prepare themselves to make it bigger next year as it wouldl concide with his [Omanhen] 25th anniversary of his enstoolment as the chief of Mankessim and Omanhen of the Traditional Council.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah // ghananewsonline.com.gh
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Osagyefo Amanfo Adu VI