By Alex Boye
The Principal Wulomo of the Ga State, Nuumo Ogbaame III, has angrily called on the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashietey to concentrate on his work and stop meddling in affairs of the State.
The Wulomo made it clear to the Minister that he (Nii Armah Ashietey) was appointed by President Akufo Addo to seek development for the region and not to dictate to the Ga State.
He said Mr. Ashietey, has since his appointment as a regional minister demonstrated his preparedness to use his office to undermine powers of the traditional authorities of the Ga State, instead of concentrating on his task.
The Minister, at a news conference in Accra recently cautioned all traditional leaders in the Ga State to do away their usual annual streets “Kpokpoi” sprinkling exercise and rather do it in their individual homes.
Nii Armah Ashitey’s directive was curb the clashes between chiefs and conflicts that attend such ritual which should ordinary bring peace and harmony and was optimistic his directive would go a long way to arrest the situation.
But the Wulomo at a news conference in Accra yesterday argued the Minister’s comment would rather negatively affect the annual peaceful Homowo festival celebration by the Ga State.
Government, Nuumo Ogbaame III pointed out, only has the right to protect and develop the Ga State but not to dictate to the Ga State was done by the Minister.
“We started celebrating the Homowo festival with street “Kpokpoi” sprinkling before the birth of Nii Armah Ashietey and he therefore has no right to dictate to us” the Wulomo indicated.
The Ga State, he also said operates neutrally and therefore underscored the need for politicians to concentrate on their tasks rather than meddling in traditional affairs.
The Wulomo noted that challenges mitigating against the development of the Ga State was due to the absent of unity and therefore pleaded with every member of the state to ensure that unity becomes their hallmark.