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Ban on drumming, noise-making lifted in Ga State

BY: Matthew Odartey
 The Chief of Sowutuom-Nsunfa, Nii Osabu Akwei I, arriving at the event. Pictures: MATTHEW ODARTEY
The Chief of Sowutuom-Nsunfa, Nii Osabu Akwei I, arriving at the event. Pictures: MATTHEW ODARTEY

The chiefs and people of Ga Mashie have lifted the month-long ban on drumming and noise-making in the Ga State.

The lifting of the ban paves way for the celebration of the annual Homowo festival to be held in August, this year.

At a ceremony at the forecourt of the Gbese Mantse’s Palace in Accra last Thursday, there was a display of Ga tradition and culture as the Gbesemantse, Nii Ayibonte II, beat the Odada drums to signify the end of the ban.

The occasion was witnessed by dignitaries, including the Member of Parliament for the Ododiodoo Constituency, Mr Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuiye, the Chief Executive Officer of GIHOC Distilleries, Mr Maxwel Kofi Jumah, and some chiefs in the Ga State.

The Nai Wulomo, Nii Akwei Mensah, in the company of some elders of the Ga State, performed traditional rituals and prayed for good omen for the people.

Unity

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Nii Ayi Bonte II appealed for unity among the chiefs and people of the area.

He said development, which Gas have been craving, could not be achieved if there was no unity of purpose.

“We have to settle our differences so that we can see meaningful progress and development for the benefit of our people,” the chief added.

Nii Ayi Bonte II thanked the chiefs and people for their support and urged the former to continue to provide the necessary leadership to their subjects.

Advice

Nii Ayi Bonte advised parents in the Ga State to take advantage of the free senior high school education policy by the government to ensure their children also benefitted.

He wished students of the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) the best of luck.

Nii Ayi Bonte II further admonished the youth to refrain from activities that would make them fall foul of the law.

He also thanked the National Chief Imam, Shiekh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, for his sterling leadership and congratulated him on the occasion of his 100 birthday celebration.

According to Nii Ayi Bonte, the Chief Iman had become a symbol of national unity and that his leadership had benefitted the people of the Ga State.