Gbese Mantse, Nii Okaija III, has urged Ga people in the Greater Accra region to use this year?s annual Homowo festival to forge ahead in unity and peace for accelerated development of the Ga State.
Speaking in an interaction with some newsmen in Accra yesterday, Nii Okaija III appealed to Ga people to put the past behind them and develop the Ga State as a united front.
Nii Okaija III who is very passionate about peaceful co-existence and unity in Ga State therefore, urged all Gas to celebrate this this year’s annual Homowo festival in a peaceful manner and cautioned against unlawful acts during the celebrations.
Adding his voice to the call for peace to prevail in Ga State, the Chief condemned the act of violence, past and present, that was visited on persons in the Ga State, calling on the police to take immediate action to call the perpetrators to book.
Nii Okaija III charged the chiefs in the Ga State to do more in developing the area and called on the feuding factions in land and chieftaincy disputes to come to a truce and look out for an amicable settlement of the protracted disputes as the Ga State cannot develop without unity.
?All disputes and fights do come to an end at one time and this is the end,? Gbese Mantse added.
Nii Okaija III urged government officials, particularly the citizens of Ga State within the ruling government to avoid interfering in the various on-going land and chieftaincy disputes as that may worsen the already tense atmosphere in the Ga State.
?Those officials who, in the past, did not know about the facts, now know and therefore must now help to build the Ga State,? Nii Okaija III stressed.
The Gbese Mantse also spoke on the recent fire outbreaks in Accra and some parts of the country, lamenting that the situation was worrying and disheartening.
He has therefore, urged the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) and other key stakeholders in fire preventing sector to put in place appropriate mechanisms that would help avert further occurrences.