The youth have been urged to take a keen interest in the rich Ghanaian culture and to serve as key agents in the promotion and maintenance of the culture and traditions in their localities.
Nana Antwi Agyei Brempong II, the Paramount chief of Atwima traditional area, who made the call, said culture played an important role in promoting sustainable social and economic development of every country.
The youth must, therefore, identify themselves with their culture and traditions by patronizing traditional and local products, preparing and eating traditional foods, to help explain their heritage.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi, he said it was important for the youth to actively participate in cultural development and promotion to preserve the rich Ghanaian traditions and good cultural values.
The Ghanaian culture, Nana Agyei Brempong, said involved peaceful coexistence, good moral values, respect for the elderly, hard work and determination.
He said the chieftaincy institution had over the years been of great service to Ghana by helping to shape and promote the traditions and cultural heritage of the people.
Chiefs, he said, played very important roles in the communities and were great pillars in the socio-cultural, economic development and environmental protection in the various communities.
He said the traditional roles of chiefs, which included counselling, settling of disputes, ensuring that festivals and traditional ceremonies were celebrated, codification of customary laws and portraying the rich Ghanaian culture to the outside world, were still relevant in these modern times.
Nana Agyei Brempong advised the youth to take interest in vocational and technical education and training so they could work for themselves and employ others in future.
He said through a sister relationship with the city of Murnau in Germany, the youth of Atwima were going to benefit from vocational and technical training to help equip them with employable skills and urge them to take advantage of the opportunity that would be created to develop their skills