The Queen mother of Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, Nana Akua Asantewaa III, has called on the government to help them set up their traditional council in order to be able to manage the activities of their traditional area.
Speaking at a press conference, Nana Akua Asantewa III said, the traditional council is a vehicle through which the government deals with the chiefs adding that but for some time now the area has not benefited from such all important institution.
She stated that this is because several of the chiefs have passed on and need to be replaced but they have not been able to since the area does not have a council president.
“The acting president or the president of the traditional council is the right person to approve it but we don’t have one since the paramount chief is fighting his case in court.” She said.
The queen mother said she followed the direction given them by the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi by trying to get at least two thirds of the chiefs in the area to sign a petition but the effort was thwarted by one of the chiefs.
She said that for over 20 years now, they have not been able to do anything meaningful in the area and has pleaded with the government to intervene.
On his part, a former member of the Council of State and chief of Akyem Anyinase, Osaberima Owusu Gyamadu III expressed worry over how the inactivity of the traditional council is delaying the development of the Kotoku traditional area.
“Look at our roads; I even cry for pregnant women; our roads are so bad.” He said adding that “we need a leader who will organize and lead us to the president to go and plead for the construction of our roads and other developmental projects.”
He added that a standing committee that was to lead the traditional council has been rendered ineffective due to division among them and has also added his voice to that of the queen mother to plead with the president and the ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to come to their aid.