The Eastern Nzema Traditional Council in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region is to hold crunch meetings to address the recent practice of boys in the area abandoning their school to pluck coconut for sale.
Owulae Amihere Kpanyili III, the chief of the area, who announced this at the general meeting of the Western Region House of Chiefs, in Sekondi, said the quest for money had influenced young boys to leave the classrooms to sell coconut.
The Nzema area abounds in coconut, which is consumed raw or processed for oil, while the husk is also used in making ropes and other products.
Awulae Kpanyili said in the past, the children only plucked the coconut to consume but now financial gains had become a motivation, explaining that this had encouraged truancy, which was destabilising e the educational system in the area.
He made an urgent appeal to the Regional Coordinating Council to support their worthy cause to address the issue before it escalates.
The house expressed concern about the insufficient royalties paid to them and said even though the area abounded in rich mineral resources, coupled with cocoa and non-traditional products, little was gained from their sweat.
Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, the Western Regional Minister, impressed on the chiefs to support the government?s efforts in finding solution to the illegal mining by both foreigners and locals in communities.
Mr Aidoo encouraged the youth to serve as watchdogs and report illegal mining activities to the authorities as the practice had polluted the river bodies and devastated the environment with impunity.
He gave the assurance that their identities would be protected.