Wechiau (U/W Reg.), April 14, GNA – The Wa West District Assembly in collaboration with traditional rulers and other stakeholders, has banned record dances in all communities after 1800 hours.
The stakeholders took the decision at the first ordinary meeting of the Assembly at Wechiau to address challenges of social and cultural decadence in the area.
The reason for the action is that record dances have become breeding grounds for immoral activities among the youth.
Teenage pregnancies, early marriages, elopement and poor academic performance in schools, as well as robberies in the communities have all been attributed to record dances organised at night.
It has also been established that holding record dances at night provides a convenient cover for the youth to indulge in unprotected sex and contributes to the spread of HIV and AIDS in recent times.
Mr. Dasaana N.S. Adamu, the Wa West District Chief Executive said the rights of the youth would be meaningless if their actions would degrade social values and affect the general wellbeing of the people.
Mr. Adamu said academic performance in the schools had dwindled and the quality of education eroded.
“This measure is therefore put in place to help address some of the social and cultural decadence in the district”, he said.
He said the directive had consequential sanctions for individuals and groups who would flout it.
He explained that traditional rulers who defied the directive would have some privileges such as attainment to some status on the skin taken away from them.
Also, traditional rulers who failed to implement the directive effectively in their communities risked being removed from office.