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The Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, have entrenched the unity between the two traditional states, as well as the unity of purpose in driving the development agenda to enrich lives and bring prosperity to their people.
There is no love lost between us, the two traditional leaders resonated in their speeches at the historic meeting on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the late Okyehene, Nana Ofori Atta.
The Asantehene, with his retinue of chiefs, graced the anniversary, thus marking another significant milestone in the commitment of the two traditional states to advance unity for purpose.
The Okyehene, in his address, expressed profound gratitude to the Asantehene for honouring the invitation to be part of events commemorating the life and achievements of the late Ofori Atta.
He added that the historic visit should settle any doubts about the love and unity that exist between the two states.
“Your visit further entrenched the fact that Okyeman and Asanteman are one people.”
He paid glowing tribute to the legacies left behind by the late Nana Ofori Atta, his love and contribution towards education in the country, emphasising that his passion for education led to significant steps that have since been a reference point when recounting his contribution towards the human resource development of the country.
He also made reference to Nana Ofori Atta’s immense contribution towards bridging the gap between the traditional authorities and government, and his stance on the invaluable benefits the country stands to gain if the two worked together.
The late Nana Ofori Atta is fondly remembered by his kinsmen for his contribution towards education, such as the setting up of the Abuakwa State College, and as a founding member of Achimota School and the Abuakwa State Scholarship.
I came with love – Asantehene
Otumfuo Osei Tutu, on his part, recounted a chronology of events to buttress the fact that the two states are one people.
He emphasised that he was only performing a brotherly duty by accepting to be part of Nana Ofori Atta, who he traced as being of a common ancestry.
“I came with love,” he emphasised.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu emphasised the feat traditional states would achieve for the development of their people if they come together to champion a common cause and to better the lives of the people.
On the national front, Otumfuo said the chieftaincy institution is indispensable in the formulation of key policy issues that would help the development efforts of the country.
He added that if the potential of the traditional institution was harnessed fully by the state in its developmental efforts, the country would have advanced.
He, therefore, challenged institutions such as parliament to consider the views of the traditional authorities in drafting laws for the country.
The Otumfuo was of a firm belief that Ghana would have had a better constitution if the traditional authorities were actively involved in drafting it.
The event was attended by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; former President Jerry John Rawlings, and his wife; Chief of Staff Frema Opare; Senior Minister Osafo Maafo; Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, and a host of government officials.
Source: Daniel NONOR || The Finder, Accra