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We Want GaDangbe Region – Ga Mantse Tells Akufo-Addo

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The Ga Mantse, His Royal Highness Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II has lobbied President Akufo-Addo to support ongoing efforts to change the name of the Greater Accra Region to GaDangme Region as part of deliberate initiatives to “advance the unification and consolidation of GaDangme and to increase the teaching of the Ga language in schools in the region”.

Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II made the appeal last Friday when President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on him.

Your Excellency, we are seeing development in Accra”, said the Ga Mantse, adding: “But we encourage you to do more.”

According to him, the Ga state “recognises and appreciates the developmental projects being undertaken in the Ga State, for example, the James Town Fishing Harbour and the Salaga Market.”

Pursuant to this, “the Chiefs of the Ga State shall collaborate with President at all times to ensure that Accra becomes the cleanest city in Africa. In that regard, all the Chiefs in the Ga State pledge to be ambassadors in promoting the clean Accra Agenda.”

Cognisant of the fact that development thrives only in a peaceful environment, he added that “the Ga Traditional Council pledges to maintain peace within the Ga State and to also resolve all chieftaincy disputes within the shortest possible time to facilitate the development of the Ga State and Ghana as a whole.”

Nana Akufo-Addo, on his part, delight over the peace that has finally been restored to the Ga State, following the installing of a new Ga Mantse, after years of protracted Chieftaincy disputes in the State.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “I’m happy today, very happy, for peace to come to the Ga State during my time as President. Everyone should be excited that now we have a Ga Mantse, after the protracted chieftaincy issues since the demise of Nii Amugi. I pray to God to give you strength to have a successful reign.”

This is the second major resolution of a chieftaincy dispute in Ghana, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, following the successful installation of a new Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Mahama Abukari II, on 25th January 2019, which has since brought peace and development to the Dagbon State.

Addressing the Chief, President Akufo-Addo explained that he should have, ordinarily, begun his tour of the Greater Accra Region, which he started on Thursday, 21st October, by paying a courtesy call on the new Ga Mantse, to, as it were, seek his permission and blessings before embarking on the tour.

However, following the ceremony of gazetting of the new Ga Mantse at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs on Thursday, the President indicated that he believed it will be wholly appropriate that he deferred his visit to the palace of the new Ga Mantse to Friday, so as to be able to congratulate him officially.

He reassured King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II that he will give everything within his power to help the new Ga Mantse unify the Ga State, stressing that a united Ga State will help provide a conducive environment for the central government to function, and help improve the living standards of the people.

“The pledge you’ve made to maintain peace in Accra is most welcome, and we must all play our part to address the remaining chieftaincy issues in the country. We’re looking forward, as a government, to work with the traditional authorities to help transform the nation,” the President stated.

President Akufo-Addo also took the opportunity to thank Ga Mantse and Ga people for their support during the last election, even though his party, the New Patriotic Party, lost seven (7) seats it once held in the Greater Accra Region.

“He was, however, confident that “we will get back all the seats we lost in the 2024 elections. because we are working towards it,” he added.

On his commitment to ensure that Accra becomes the cleanest city in Africa, the President said, that commitment is still valid, and that “addressing the sanitation issues in Accra is of utmost importance before I leave office in January 2025”.

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