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Nana Akuoko Sarpong celebrates 40 years on Agogo stool

BY: Nana Yaw Barimah

The Agogo Traditional  Council  has organised a durbar to mark the 40th anniversary of the enstoolment of Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, as Omanhene of the Agogo Traditional Area, at Agogo in the Ashanti Region

The people made cash donations and presented assorted drinks to their paramount  chief to demonstrate their love and appreciation for his enormous contributions towards the development of Agogo.

Nana Akuoko Sarpong succeeded his uncle, Nana Kwaku Duah I.

The Akyeamehene (Chief Linguist) of the Agogo Traditional Area, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, explaining the rationale behind the event, said the Agogo Traditional Council realised the need to observe the 40th anniversary of Nana Akuoko Sarpong because of the development he had brought to the community.

He stressed that his 40-year reign had brought about significant transformation in the traditional area and that had made Agogo move to a high pedestal in terms of progress and development.

 Paramountcy

He said it was Nana Akuako Sarpong who made Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, then Asantehene, to raise Agogo to paramountcy status in 1980.

Nana  Yiadom announced that the Agogo Traditional Council had, therefore, institutionalised December 23  as a durbar day to honour Nana Akuoko Sarpong.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for  Asante Akyem North,  Mr Kingsley Arweh Averu, in a speech,  commended Nana Akuoko Sarpong for the leading role he played and continued to play in the development of Agogo.

 Development programmes

He said it was in his youthful days during the early regin of Nana Akuoko Sarpong that many infrastructural development projects started to spring up at Agogo

He said it was  through Nana Akuoko Sarpong’s influence that the 27-kilometre Konongo-Agogo road which was at that time in a deplorable state was reconstructed.

Mr Averu said the problem of water, which was one of the problems in the area, was solved through the influence of Nana Akuoko Sarpong.

 Agogohene

Nana Akuako Sarpong for his part commended the Agogo Traditional Council for its absolute support and encouragement.

He also commended the people of Agogo for providing support  that had enabled him to exhibit sterling leadership qualities that had brought changes to Agogo.

He, however, reminded the people of the need to be patient and tolerant.

He commended farmers in the area for their contribution to the food basket.