President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has been installed as a Chief that ‘Speaks and Acts’ by the overlord of the Gonja Traditional Area, Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Esa I. His skin name is ‘Yenawura Wura’.
The enskinment according to the Yagbonwura, in a speech read on his behalf when the President paid a working visit to him in the Jakpa palace as part of his three-day working tour of the Northern Region is in recognition of his many fulfilled promises, including the creation of the proposed Savannah Region.
“Your Excellency, my chiefs and I, and indeed all the people of Gonjaland shall be your partners in this coming and ongoing development projects. We are committed to work tirelessly and devotedly, to realise the full completion of a Savannah Region to your vision of a Ghana beyond aid. We shall endeavor to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in our journey towards creating a prosperous and a peaceful Ghana.
“Mr. President, you’re truly a man of your word, and that is why today, we shall give you a special ank ark recognition. I, Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Esa Sulemana Jakpa the first, recognise you President Nana Akufo-Addo as ‘Yenawura wura, ‘a man that speaks and acts. This ceremony would follow now,” he said.
He remarked as unprecedented, three visits by Akufo-Addo within nine months to the area outside an electioneering period, adding that, it is a clear manifestation of his desire to keep faith with the people, consult to know their issues first hand and build consensus.
The Yagbonwura further stated that he was pleased with the stewardship of the president thus far, and excited about the positive impact and the difference of his bold initiatives such as the planting for food and jobs, free SHS, 1D1F, 1V1D and the re-organization of the regions, professing that the initiatives were being felt in the lives of the ordinary Ghanaians.
Whilst expressing appreciation and support for the creation of the Savannah Region, he disclosed that the vision of a Savannah Region has been pending for over three decades and only a man of vision and determination could bring the creation to a reality within such a short time.
He assured the President of a massive turnout during the referendum, emphasizing that, the President has kept his word by doing his constitutionally mandated duty and the people of Gonjaland will do their part beyond his imagination.
He said, “Your Excellency, my people and I, are appreciative of the bold decision you took in response to our request for the creation of the Savannah Region….I wish to assure you of the full support of the people of Gonjaland in ensuring that this journey for the creation of the Savannah Region which has been pending for over three decades becomes a reality during your time as President. It has been a bold initiative and only a man of vision, courage and determination can bring this thus far in such a short time,” he asserted.
The overlord debunked allegations that the proposed Savannah Region was a mono-ethnic region, reiterating that there were over 20 ethnic groups that identify with Gonjaland and are living in unity and peace. He appealed to the President to consider constructing an express link road in preparation for the Savannah Region to connect East Gonja, Kusawgu and Tuluwe to Damongo which is the proposed Regional Capital.
He expressed gratitude to the president for projects embarked on in the traditional area,such as the construction of the Accident Emergency Medical centre along the high way in Central Gonja District, three bridges earmarked in the 2018 budget in North Gonja District, the Business Advisory Resource Centre In Damongo for the development of enterprises in line with the IDIF, the completion of the District Assembly complex in North Gonja,the construction township water systems in four deprived communities in North Gonja and the anticipated completion of the Tamale, Salaga-Makango road among others.
To take full advantage of the planting for food and jobs programme and exploit the vast arable lands in Gonjaland, the Yagbonwura reminded the president of his promise to convert the Damongo Agricultural College into a Technical Agricultural Agro-Business University.
The colorful ceremony was attended by people from all walks of life including high profiled politicians, chiefs and traditional leaders, religious leaders and the media.
Source: Ananpansah B. Abraham (AB)