Larteh Akuapem, Sept. 30, GNA - Nana Asiedu Okoo Ababio III, Benkumhene of the Akuapem Traditional Area, has called on all chiefs in Okuapemman to unite and stay united to urgently bring development to the area.
He said 20 years of the chieftaincy dispute that hit the Okuapemman had cost them a lot and therefore called on allty deal, to not relent in any effort to restore the dignity of Okuapemman.
The Benkumhene was speaking at the annual Odwira durbar at Larteh Akuapem which also coincided with the 20th anniversary of his enstoolment.
He thanked all who had made the unity of Akuapem possible and pledged that the Benkum division would show sincerity to a new and meaningful course for the development of Okuapemman.
Clad in a white headgear to signify victory following the signing of the peace accord by the five divisional chiefs to end the 20 years struggle, Nana Asiedu Okoo Ababio reminded all that education was the best means to development and urged all Akuapems to support any initiative towards education.
He said in furtherance of that objective, he established the Akuapem Guan Education Trust Fund and so far 180 students at the secondary and tertiary levels had benefited whiles schools had been supported in the area of logistics to facilitate teaching and learning.
Ms Helen Ajoa Ntoso, the Eastern Regional Minister, commended the role of chiefs in partnering government to provide quality and accessible education to all, especially through the Fund established by the chief.
She expressed the hope that with the unity of Akuapem, all efforts and initiatives would be synergized together for the benefit of the people of the area.
As part of his 20th anniversary celebration, some distinguished sons from Larteh whose activities had impacted on the lives of the people were honoured with plaques and citations.
They included Reverend Professor Emmanuel Kingsley Obeng, Rector and Founder of the Regent University, Mr Kwaku Ansa Asare, Founder, MountCrest University College, and Ambassador Afere Apeadu-Donkor.
The rest were Dr Ato Essuman, Mr William Ofori-Boafo, Member of Parliament (MP) for Akropong and Mr Emmanuel Okeson.