By Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA
Tema Oct 9, GNA - Kusasis resident in the Tema Metropolis and its environs have installed a chief to serve as a custodian of their culture and traditions as well as their traditional leader in their adopted home.
Naaba Apas-Sugru I, who is the third person to be installed chief of the Kusasi community in Tema, replaces Naaba Ibrahim Awuni, who died four years ago.
In his maiden address, Naba Aguure called for peace in the three northern regions in particular and Ghana, in general
He said, “My message is peace for the whole country and the three northern regions which have lagged behind our fellow countrymen of other major ethnic groups due to the pockets of needless conflicts.”
He prayed that the peace message he was preaching would sink into their hearts, “Because it’s the ultimate tool with which we can develop the youth into useful human resource to build our native fatherlands back home. Let’s seek peace, find it and embrace it.”
In light of this, he assured that his vision for the Kusasis in Tema was to get all of them to live in harmony, respect one another, respect traditional authority and be law abiding.
He advised Kusasis to resort to their traditional mode of conflict resolution and stop running to the Police with issues which could be resolved amicably among themselves.
“Let’s aspire to do things our own way to foster togetherness than one that scatters us. I challenge you therefore to chart a path that will lead us to success as a people,” he said.
He pleaded with them to be law abiding, stay united and make a difference wherever they found themselves in the “socio-cultural and geo-political development of Ghana.”
Naaba Daazuur II, the Divisional Chief of Kpikpiradan, Timpani traditional Area, and chairman for the occasion, stressing the need for togetherness, observed that there was no way they could be divided and succeed, adding that, “If Kokombas are fighting Kusasis, Nanumbas are fighting Dagomba’s, no serious investor would want to go to the north.”
He mourned the economic limitations of the people of the north by saying, “We have the land, we have the resource, but when we come down south, we turn ourselves into security men and hewers of wood instead of becoming like the southerners.”
He observed that northerners had no excuse not to make it to the top because other northerners had risen to high positions in Ghana who should serve as inspiration to all of them.
Installing the chiefdom title on him, Chief Alhaji Hanisa Mahama Musah, the Muslim Chief of Tema and Ashaiman, who represented the Tema Traditional Council, observed that Kusasis had not given the Tema stool any problem so far, and therefore asked other ethnic groups living in Tema to emulate their example.
He asked the Kusasis to work hard so that they could join those back home to develop their fatherland.