The chiefs and people of Yilo Klo State over the weekend celebrated the silver jubilee edition of Kloyosikplemi festival.
The festival on the theme: “Unity in Diversity for Development,” was patronised by government officials and chiefs from other traditional areas.
In a colourful display of Yilo Klo culture, traditional drummers exhibited their unique skills, which were greeted with artistic movements, acrobatic displays and dexterity of the Yilo Klos in interpreting and responding to the drum language.
People who could not jump unto the dancing floor applauded, whilst others who could not resist the sound of the drums but were hindered to join also exhibited their skills in their seats.
The atmosphere moved to ecstatic point when the various Divisional Chiefs and Asafoatseme of the Yilo Klo State responded to the call of the drums.
In a speech delivered on her behalf, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, said she was part of the celebration of the festival to demonstrate her commitment to Ghana’s economic transformation agenda.
She said: “to my kinsmen and women, we are together in changing the narrative of poverty in Ghana and Klo State to prosperity”.
She said challenges facing women is the lack of gender equity, inadequate credit facilities, acquisition of land and currently we are in the process of being rectified in the various legislative instruments like the “Gender Policy”.
Madam Djaba promised not to leave the people out of the various opportunities to support women and children especially in the areas of the ‘School Feeding’ and the ‘Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty’ programmes.
She said the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led administration is committed to working hard to reduce and eliminate poverty and hunger in the society.
The Konor (Paramount Chief) of the Yilo Klo State Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaah Sasraku II, expressed his appreciation to all the Divisional Chiefs and titleholders of the traditional area for standing by him during the tough moments of going to courts to settle
disputes surrounding his paramountcy.
Oklepeme Sasraku II refused to be tagged with any political party saying that his need for unity to develop the area was paramount in his agenda to transform the traditional area.
He expressed the need for the traditional area to unite to build all broken walls, calling on all sons and daughters of the Yilo Klo land to be poised for action towards the rebuilding agenda by contributing their quota.
“Let us therefore take a cue from the theme: ‘Unity in Diversity for Development’ and be united as a people and not be divided by any artificial demarcations, party colours and anything of its kind,” he said.
Oklepeme Sasraku II said “I am not here to destool any chief or queen even though I have the power to ‘destool’ when the need be but that is not my preoccupation”.
He acknowledged the role of chiefs and queens of the traditional area stating that he bears no grudges with any anyone and that he was willing to work with all.
Present was Mr Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly, who donated drinks and an amount of money on behalf of the government towards the successful celebration of the festival.