Accra, April 30, GNA- Nii Benjamin Kojo Yemo, Acting Leshie Mantse, has underscored the importance of peace and unity among the La citizenry as vital ingredients for the advancement of the La state.
He noted that disputes continued to create division among members and as well hampered the progress of the development in the area, therefore, there was the need for them to bury their differences and forge ahead in unity.
Nii Yemo made the appeal at a joint pre-launch ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary celebration of Nii Obodai IV, La Mankralo and Nii Yemo Din II, the La Akwashongtse.
He said in the absence of peace, economic activities could be affected since funds earmarked for developmental projects would have to be diverted to maintain the security needs.
The Acting Leshie Mantse said because of the peace they were currently enjoying, it was just beautiful to have such a nice celebration and see the various representatives at the council level, coming together to witness the occasion.
He said it was, therefore, necessary to uphold peace and unity to pave way for the change the La citizens were craving for.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after, the launch, Nii Yemo Din II, said that as a people they would continue to resolve their own issues and would follow that diplomatic approach rather than engaging in violence and creating unnecessary tension within the vicinity.
He explained that the La State had come a long way through the thirty years whereas, outsiders on many occasions tried to mingle in their affairs, but had always insisted that the La people were capable of settling their differences.
Nii Din II, who tasked the citizenry to help strengthen the La state, again urged parents to be responsible for the up keep of their children.
He said there was abuse of drugs in the community; which he described as detrimental to the development of the youth, adding that “we should all try as much as possible to curb it before it explodes”.
Nii Obodai IV in an interview with GNA expressed gratitude to God for his guidance throughout the thirty years.
He also thanked the elders particularly those who installed him and urged all the citizens of La to exercise patience and approach the traditional council for clarity on issues they do not understand.
Nii Obodai IV admonished the people not to allow self-seeking persons to divide their ranks, and should at all time resort to dialogue during disputes.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion were Mr Vincent Sowah Odotei, Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon Constituency, Nii Kwartei Kojo II, Ga Mashie Akwashongtse and Mrs Gladys Mann-Dede, the La Municipal Chief Executive.