Mr James Zuugah Tiigah, Upper East Regional Minister, has urged traditional authorities to use cultural festivals to promote peace and initiate development projects to help promote the socio-economic lives of the people.
Mr Tiigah said festivals are platforms that bring people together and make them see each other as one and allows them to plan on issues such as education and health.
He indicated that festivals also offer an opportunity for the youth to learn their culture and not to be alienated by the influence of foreign values.
The Minister was speaking at the annual Feok festival celebration of the chiefs and people of the Builsa traditional area at Sandema in the Builsa North District on the theme: ?Feok for peace and development.?
Mr Tiiga noted that modernisation and globalisation are eating deep into the social fabric of the society, resulting in the adulteration and wiping of rich cultural practices.
The Minister said chieftaincy is a noble institution that had stood the test of time and seeks to unite and mobilise the people for socio-economic development.
He called on traditional leaders to institute measures aimed at preserving their cultural heritage and take a second look at some of the practices which are outmoded and impeding human rights.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and Deputy Minister of the Interior Mr James Agalga commended government for its effort to bring development to the area.
Mr Agalga said two irrigation dams have been constructed to promote dry season farming which would create more jobs for the youth to stop them from travelling to the south to look for non-existent jobs that tend put their lives in danger.
He said the rural electrification project is ongoing and all communities in the Builsa area would be connected to the national grid.
The MP said about GH?1,000,000, has been given to women in the area under the ?MASLOC? programme to improve on their livelihood.
The festival was characterised with traditional dancing including an ?ancient war dance? which portray warriors who fought and killed the notorious slave raiders Samori and Babatu in the then Upper Volta.