There is more to Asantehene Osei Tutu II than being the occupant of the Golden Stool. Ever since he was enthroned as the traditional head of Asanteman, and conceived the idea of the Otumfuo Education and Health funds, the occupant of the Golden Stool has nurtured the concept of one nation with a common destiny.
The Overlord of Asanteman has stretched his hands to cover the length and breadth of the country. He has fostered national unity in a manner that should be a lesson to politicians who have failed to ignite that passion for oneness in the people.
When the Otumfuo Education Fund honoured deserving teachers to motivate those nurturing future leaders of this country at the weekend, teachers from all the ten regions of the nation were duly represented to motivate them to do their very best for the nation.
As a father of unity, Otumfuo had words of advice for the recipients and all teachers in the country. He called on teachers to see postings to rural areas as an opportunity to serve the nation, and not as punishment.
In the words of the traditional overlord of Asante, posting to the rural communities of the country should be seen as an honour to serve in those communities, because it would enable the affected teacher to contribute significantly towards moulding the characters of the future leaders of this nation.
Otumfuo’s words are music in the ears of The Chronicle. At a time that a number of rural schools are failing the BECE test and scoring zero percent, Otumfuo’s admonition is timely.
It is unfortunate, but at this time and age, it appears that rural communities are losing the race for development with their cosmopolitan counterparts. This is one reason why the rural-urban migration is intensifying, rather than abating. That is why the admonition by Otumfuo to teachers in the country should fall on fertile grounds.
There was a point in time in this nation’s evolution, when rural communities were competing favourable with town and city dwellers, in terms of getting the citizenry educated. In those days, electricity had not been extended to most rural communities, and pupils had very tough times getting any form of light for their lessons in the evenings.
Sadly, with the advent of the extension of electricity to most communities in the rural areas, the standard of education at the basic level appears to be falling. It is beginning to look like lack of supervision is making the rural child go wayward. The Chronicle takes this opportunity to appeal to the Inspectorate Division of the Ghana Education Service to improve on the inspectorate aspect of educating the Ghanaian child.
At the award ceremony in Kumasi, 100 teachers, 10 each from all the 10 regions of Ghana, were rewarded for their selfless devotion to duty and sacrifice, a clear indication of how the Otumfuo Education fund is fostering unity among the various regions of the country.
The Chronicle salutes Asantehene Osei Tutu for all he is doing to promote education, and for his untiring efforts at uniting the nation. As the custodian of the rich customs and traditions of Asante, Otumfuo Asantehene has extended his services to the whole nation.
Love him or not, the Asantehene has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he is not discriminatory. The goodies he has brought through the many funds he has established are being shared for the benefit of the nation.
On the auspicious occasion of the 13th Anniversary of Otumfuo’s ascension to the Golden Stool and the 62nd Birthday of the King, The Chronicle wishes him and Asanteman the best of everything. May the Good Lord bless Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for the unity he is striving to nurture in a country torn apart by pettiness and envy.
We wish His Majesty longer life and prosperity.