…Chief Apologies For Wee Factory Comments
Nene Ogah Osuagbo I, Chief of Great Ametafor in the Shai Osudoku Traditional Area in Accra, who was reported to have requested government to establish an Indian Hemp Industrial Plant for them as part of the One-District One-Factory (1D1F) policy, said he was taken out of context.
He however apologized for any inconvenience his suggestion might have caused the people of the area.
According to the Chief, he was advocating development for the area but it happened that his comments were taken in bad light.
The chief, who is in charge of external relations, diplomacy and development for the Osudoku Traditional Area, was reported to have said that the land was fertile for the cultivation of Indian hemp known locally as Wee, with the view that the wee factory would ease poverty.
He said he was by the statement provoking thoughts and not an assertion of fact that should attract create mockery for the people of Shai Osudoku.
According to the chief, he was trying to draw attention to the importance of the properties of flora as food and medicine which have widely been proven by scientific research of the many benefits that could be derived from harnessing and utilizing plants for food and industrial use.
He said he never meant to suggest that his own people were wee smokers.
Nene Osuagbo I said, the protocol which resulted in the successful establishment of the Atomic Energy Plant and the School of Nuclear Allied Sciences of the College of Basic and Applied Science of the University of Ghana were sufficient pointers to the fact that Ghana could comfortably accommodate a Ghana Hemp Industrial Plant and a School of Hemp and Allied Integrative Medical Studies which benefits far outweighs the temporarily associated health hazards.
Meanwhile, the chief, Nene Osuagbo I is facing some tough times after his alleged wee industry comment from his subjects as well as the Traditional Council.
Many people believe that by that comment, the chiefs is calling the people of Shai Osudoku Wee smokers, and this has caused a dent on their image as a people.
But Nene Osuagbo I said he could never call his subjects Wee smokers and that they should all look at the bigger picture since they all want development than to skew their understanding towards negativity.
He however pleaded with his fellow chiefs, the traditional council and his people to forgive him if he erred in his submissions.