In the wake of what appears to be some measure of peace and calm attending to the people of Osu, the Osiahene Nii Nortey Adumuah IV has called for further closing of ranks to promote a solid foundation for peace and unity after the installation of the new Chief of Osu.
At a press conference held in Accra last Monday, the Osiahene of Osu also raised issues with what he described as “some unscrupulous people without and within their ranks who had capitalized on the previous confusion and misunderstandings to sell off properties of the good people of Osu”.
He said, “We are well aware of almost all the underhand dealings that have gone on against the people of Osu and it’s only a matter of time and course before we expose some of these crude transactions publicly.”
“I realized that we have allowed pettiness to overwhelm us, and we have allowed some land looters to take advantage of us by stealing and investing our wealth elsewhere to our disadvantage and detriment… It has come to light that some of these issues are created by these land looters, who later pretend to be helping us resolve the same problems they masterminded. A game that only inures to their benefit,” he castigated.
“Very soon I will come out with the names of some persons who worked with Nii Kinka and claimed to have paid some huge sums of monies to him, and are meddling in the current Owuo We chieftaincy dispute by trading information, and pretending with both sides for personal interest. They do all this by conniving with Nii Saban Atsem,” the Osiahene asserted.
“We started the process of peace towards unity in our Traditional area after the death of Nii Kinka Dowuona the late Osu Mantse and the expectations were high and reassuring that we were going to achieve historical success no matter what. Especially when Nii Nortey Owuo III gave his blessings and was committed to the course of installing the new Chief,” he recounted.
“We thought both factions could bury our differences and chart a new path to liberate our people, and give them a new life towards a better future since everything of ours is being taken away by foreigners and non-Ga persons and entities without consideration for the average Osu indigene, and that is where the problem lies,” he stressed.
Again, Nii Adumuah IV recounted that “there was a land committee in place before I took over the administration of the Palace, which is made up of total strangers such as Non Ga’s and zero citizens of Osu in that committee. I must emphasize that there were no indigenes of Osu on this land committee. This called for reformation of a new one with representatives from the Dzaase houses and representatives also from the other quarters but I was met with resistance. However, I persevered and pulled through, yet our own people, per the information gathered, were also corrupted by some of these old folks in their midst to start shelving information.”
He said, his attempt to call for total reorganization of the palace management was also met with resistance especially when he thought he will get the support of some of these new people inducted into the palace by Nii Ashong Omaboe but they were worse off, with their own selfish ways and no interest of the people at heart.
He said, it’s instructive to note that, “we were told at the land and funeral committee that we needed to take a loan from GCB before Kinka could have been buried. This was after the sales of: The Graphic cooperation bungalow and other one’s out of which 1million USD was realized. Who received these payments? Who signed for the releases of these properties and with what authority?”
“GCB club house case is still pending and we are following it with an Eagle eye and yet the palace couldn’t raise 2million Ghana Cedis they needed for the burial of Kinka. They later collected compensation due the Osu Stool in the sum of 11million GHC, and claimed to have used part for the funeral. So where is the rest of the money?,” he quizzed.
“The security agencies and the law courts will soon give us the answers on these, be rest assured. I therefore call on the Elders of the 4 Quarters, the discerning youth and all stakeholders in the well-being of Osu, including the churches, to rise up to defend their inheritance. Do not allow persons of myopic interest and reasoning to use you for their selfish gains. This must be done not just for themselves but for the sake of future generations. The new Osu requires effective and efficient use of resources. God will help us,” the Osiahene admonished.