By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA
Fielmuo, (U/W), Jan. 3, GNA – Naa Dr. Francis Mwin-ir-me Danikuu II, Paramount Chief of the Fielmuo Traditional Area has advised the youth not to throw their cultural values away but hold unto them for the promotion of cultural identity and heritage.
He said the practice of cultural values often brought people together and promoted unity among them, adding that the throwing away of such values would breed conflicts and retard development among the people.
Naa Danikuu II who is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Microbiology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies (UDS) – Tamale, gave the advice during the celebration of the 19th edition of the “Kukur Bagr” Festival of the Chiefs and people of Fielmuo Traditional Area.
He lamented that government was spending so much money just to counter awkward behaviour of the youth at the expense of meaningful development, saying an example was the menace of illegal mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
“While government is spending so much money to curb the menace, a section of the youth have found it expedient to counter government’s action by using other crude ways to carry out their insensitive damages and impeding government’s effort at putting an end to the practice,” he said.
“This is unacceptable and the state must use all reasonable means to stop the act, reclaim the damage environment for the generations yet to come and where necessary, punish the detractors,” Naa Danikuu added.
The Paramount Chief also used the occasion to appeal to the Sissala and Dagaaba people in the area to sink their differences and unite for peace, adding that it was only through that their development agenda could be sustained.
He expressed regret that the construction of the Community Day Senior High Technical School project which the people have been yearning for was being delayed because of such differences with regards to citing of the project.
Naa Danikuu pleaded with all to rekindle the spirit of inter-relationships and friendship among families of the two tribes that they inherited and ensure it worked to the benefit of the people in terms of development.
He pleaded with the government to resource the contractors working on the Tumu-Gwollu-Fielmuo-Hamile road for them to resume and complete work on the road to facilitate increase in economic activities in the area.
Mr. Patrick Alhassan Adama, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sissala West Constituency encouraged the people to resort to dialogue in resolving their difference and eschew violence which he said was an enemy to development.
The MP also encouraged children in the Constituency to work hard and become responsible citizens to their communities and country at large.
Mr. Mohammed Zakarea Bakor, the Sissala West District Chief Executive (DCE) encouraged the youth to be proud of their culture and endeavour to identify and associate themselves with their people wherever they find themselves.
He assured the people that the government through the District Assembly would continue to provide the needed economic and social infrastructure to facilitate the realization of the full potential of everybody in the District especially the youth.