Chiraa, (B/A) Jan. 3, GNA – Three traditional rulers in the Brong Ahafo Region, has called on Nana Addo Danquah Akufo- Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to choose a running mate from the area for the 2012 elections.
Barima Mintah Afari II, Chief of Chiraa, Nana Opoku Ababio, Chief of Fiapre and Nana Asante Boateng IV, Apagyahene of Fiapre, sent a similar appeal to the Council of Elders of the NPP.
The chiefs who spoke with the Ghana News Agency in separate interviews were unanimous in their views that the choice of a running mate from the region would not only inspire the youth in the area to aim higher in life but would also deepen and strengthen the Danquah-Busia tradition upon which the NPP was formed.
They were of the opinion that since the 1972 coup d’état that overthrew Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia as Ghana’s Prime Minister no citizen from the region had since been made a head of state.
Barima Afari, who is also the Benkumhene of Dormaa Traditional Council, said although the constitution bars chiefs from active partisan politics, his observation is that a choice of a running mate from the region would be an appreciation of the contributions of personalities from the area to the party’s development.
He said as traditional rulers they are ready to work with any political party that Ghanaians would give the mandate to in the December General Election.
“Though I exercise my franchise as a civic responsibility I am not an activist of any political party,” he said, adding “my choice of NPP’s running mate from the region is to portray that we (people from Brong Ahafo) also have the quality human resource base needed for development”.
Nana Afari entreated the political parties to conduct their campaigns in a more decorous manner to sustain the country’s prevailing peace before, during and after the elections to consolidate Ghana’s fledgling democracy.
On the incidence of bushfires, which is almost an annual ritual in the region, the chief advised farmers, palm wine tappers and hunters to be cautious about the way they handled naked fires.
“With the onset of the harmattan, the probability of bushfire outbreaks in the region is very high and I would appeal to all citizens in the region to help eliminate the canker,” Barima Afari stressed.
Nana Ababio noted that the alarming rate of road accidents during the yuletide called for the concerted efforts of all stakeholders to intensify road safety education.
He expressed concern about indiscipline, alcoholism, drug peddling and abuse especially among the youth, including basic school children and called on the police to intervene to help reverse the situation.
Nana Boateng advised parents to take keen interest in the education of their children and provide them with basic learning and teaching materials to sustain their interest in education.
He advised Ghanaians to demonstrate unity of purpose and stop the trading of insults on the airwaves to avoid marring Ghana’s enviable status as a safe haven in Africa.