Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Acheampong, travelled to the country's Central Region on Saturday (9 August) to address a colourful durbar ...
Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Acheampong, travelled to the country's Central Region on Saturday (9 August) to address a colourful durbar ... an African festival.
The durbar was held in the town of Agona Swedru where the Colonel spent his youth. It is an annual event attended by all the chiefs and dignitaries of the area.
The Ghanaian leader said he spent some of his most formative years in the ancient town of Swedru. He said this prepared him for his career in the army.
Colonel Acheampong also spoke of the Ghanaian Government's budget brought down last month in which taxes were increased. He said this was partly due to the drop in the world price of cocoa ... Ghana's main export.
He urged the people to increase food production and work towards self-reliance. He appealed to farmers to form farming co-operatives so Ghana's rural communities could enjoy "meaningful development".
The chiefs of the area were advised by their leader not only to release land for farming but to become farmers themselves. "The traditional practice of the chief depending almost entirely for his subsistence on fees and fines derived from disputes and arbitrations is outmoded. It must be done away with once and for all", he said.