By: Yaovi Azietrogah Freeman/www.africanakua.com/Ghana
Tepa Traditional Area, a farming community in the Ahafo Ano Municipality of the Ashanti Region has the record of the zero tolerance of chieftaincy and land disputes for the past twenty (20) years which situation has resulted to peaceful atmosphere in the various towns and villages within the Tepa,” Africa Nakua can authoritatively report.
The achievements of peaceful environment within the Tepa enclaves over the past twenty years www.africanakua.com gathered was a clear testimony of the implementation of good chieftaincy leadership of the Paramount Chief of Tepa Traditional Area, Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I.
Information from the Tepa Traditional Council which collaborates earlier reports by some concerned citizens in the communities within Tepa indicates that the installation of Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I for 20 years has brought sanity, development, growth and create better opportunities for the people especially the youth in Tepa.
That phenomenon, had informed the decision of the chiefs and elders of the Tepa Traditional Council to hit the streets on Saturday January 15, 2020 to celebrate the 20 years anniversary durbar of estoolment and acknowledgement of the illustrious achievements of Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I.
The achievements so far chalked by the chief since he ascended the throne for the past 20 years were the construction of Tepaman Rural Bank Limited and the palace for chiefs and queen mother of Tepa Traditional area including the office for Tepa Traditional Council.
There are also ongoing Hospital building projects which can accommodate 60 beds capacity including the four Modern Dining hall, administration block, teachers bungalow two dormitories and computer laboratory which were almost 70 percent complete.
On October 18, 1999, Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I who is now a 57, year-old was peacefully enstooled as the Paramount Chief of Tepa Traditional Area to ascend the throne to bring socio-economic development to the area.
Also acknowledged at the historical event for his illustrious achievements of the area was the Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Mr Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh who is the native of Tepa Traditional Area and other delusional and truth sons of the area.
Addressing the gathering, Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I thanked all the dignitaries, government officials and citizens of the area who had endeavoured to attend the occasion and stated that his 20th anniversary celebration was a sense of direction to continue to bring social and infrastructural development to the area.
He lamented over the recent frequent power outage in the area, the rampant situation which he stressed was creating a low productivity of the economy and business activitiess in the area and called on the leadership of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to fashion out measures to help address the power cut in Tepa enclaves.
He further complained bitterly about the dangerous situation of the footbridge along the River Adumu on the road from Mankranso to Tepa township, lamenting that the current situation is constantly putting lives of commuters and drivers plying the road in risk.
Against this background, the chief called on government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to urgently impress upon the Ministry of Roads and Highways and Department of Feeder Road to do needful things to fix problem including that of many potholes developed on that stretch of the road.
The chief stressed the need for the traditional rulers to continue to play very critical roles in the development of every society because when there are problems within their jurisdictions, it has a greater effect on how the communities progress.
He charged all the citizens and residents of Tepa to employ the sense of compromise and forgiveness which he said would help create an enabling environment for people living in the area to increase productivity and enhance national development.
The Tepamanhene explained that development and economic progression could only be achieved in an environment where peace, love, respect, discipline and political stability existed.
The chief called the people of the area to respond to the presence of God to enable them eschew evil and put humanity at the centre of their acts so as to bring peace, stability and development in the area and the country at large.
He noted that the presence of God creates a sense of fear that would deter anyone from causing insecurity and make people act like human beings.
“We must collaborate, respond and collaborate with the presence of the Lord to bring about peace, joy and life in our market, homes and communities,” he said.
The Minister of Energy, Mr John Peter Amewu who spoke on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo congratulated Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I for his stellar leadership over the past two decades and prayed for long life and excellent health to enable him to continue playing his pivotal role in the development of Ghana.
According to him, government was touched with many ongoing social, infrastructural and life intervention projects and programmes in the various communities at Tepa and pledged the government’s commitment to continue to enhance the social and infrastructural needs of the people in the rural communities in the Tepa Traditional Area.
In order to contribute to the 20th anniversary celebration of Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I, Mr Amewu noted that the government through the Ministry of Energy, Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organization, Mr Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo Ano Constituecy has donated life serving intervention items including 5, 000 electricity street lights for the Tepa Senior High School (SHS).
He added that the government has also supported the residents by way of making donation of a total of 10,000 energy bombs to be used for each household to enhance security in the rural communities in Tepa.
He stated that the government further donated 200 bags of cements to support construction of the ongoing Tepa Sports Stadium project, saying that the items donated were part of goverment’s continuous efforts to acknowledge the 20th anniversary celebration of the Tepamanhene.