Asantehene Charges Paramount Chiefs To Buck Up
Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has charged paramount chiefs in the Asante Kingdom to up their game and seek development for the Ashanti Region.
Provoked by the numerous stalled developmental projects in the Ashanti Region, the King chided the Regional House of Chiefs during their first general meeting on November 15, 2023, for their apparent disregard for development in the region.
Addressing the House after the Regional Minister had attributed the stalled projects to a lack of funds, Otumfuo indicated that the region’s share of the needed revenue would be disbursed if traditional rulers showed interest in its development.
He posited that the issue will, however, persist if chiefs continue to leave projects in the hands of political appointees without supervision and enquiries.
“In as much we have a Regional Minister superintending over projects, we also have roles to play. The Regional House facility here has stalled while other regions have theirs either completed or progressing steadily. The Standing Committees must put themselves to work.”
“Undertake inspection of various sectorial projects in the region to be abreast with their progress and then consult the needed political authorities and appointees for answers to stalled projects and if the need be, approach the President.”
He continued, “The national cake is shared in the regional capital and no one will bring it to you while you are relaxed in your jurisdiction.”
Additionally, Otumfuo urged the paramount chiefs to get involved in large-scale farming to attract investment into their various jurisdictions.
He reckoned that the youth will have jobs through industrialization which will accompany the availability of raw materials.
The Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei-Mensah on Wednesday hauled before the Regional House of Chiefs to answer questions pertaining to development in the region.
According to him, the numerous stalled projects including the Kumasi International Airport Phase II, the Komfo Anokye Maternity and Children’s Block, the Kejetia Market Phase II and other road projects emanate from the economic struggles of the country.
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