People of Awutu celebrate Awubia Festival

BY: Maclean Kwofie
Nai Abokuadi Agyeman Wyettey III riding in a palanquin to the durbar ground
Nai Abokuadi Agyeman Wyettey III riding in a palanquin to the durbar ground

The Paramount Chief of the Awutu State, Nai Abokuadi Agyeman Wyettey III, has called on the people of Awutu to unite with a common sense of purpose for the development of the traditional area.

“There cannot be development without peace and we are emphasising peace and development because they are the pivot upon which we can grow suitably to the promised land,” the Paramount Chief said.

Nai Wyettey made the call at this year’s Awubia Festival at Awutu Bereku in the Central Region.

It was the first time in several years that Awubia was being celebrated due to an injunction on the festival, which is celebrated to hoot at hunger to welcome a bumper harvest of grains.

The festivities were on the theme: “Emphasising peace and Development”. The grand durbar started with a procession of the chiefs and people through the principal street of Bereku before converging on the durbar ground.


United front

The paramount chief observed that if the people were able to work together, they would be able to get support from the government and other stakeholders to develop the area.

“Conflicts will break our state, hence I will urge us all to love one another, come together as one to help build our state. I will again use this opportunity to urge our youth to refrain from acts that will bring disgrace to their parents and the Awutu state as a whole. They should stay away from drugs such as tramadol and others because the effects of drug abuse on the nation are huge, both in the short and the long run,” he said.

Nai Wyettey urged the youth to avoid migrating to the urban centres in search of non-existent white-collar jobs and rather go into farming, urging them to remember that they were the future of the community.

Appeal

The paramount chief appealed to the government to help improve on the community's road network to help farmers transport their farm produce to the market centres.

He specifically harped on the Akropong-Bawjiase-Adeiso Nyarkokwaa, the Ofadaa-Fianko-Ahintia Loye, the Chochoe-Aboansa roads, among others.

"We also call on the government to address the number of potholes that have developed on Awutu and Awutu Obrachire roads.

"They should also improve upon our health centres in the district. The Awutu Health Centre must, as a matter of urgency, be upgraded into a district hospital status, since Awutu is the district capital," he said.

Again, he said the community was waiting patiently for its share of the One district, One factory the government promised to help provide jobs for the teeming youth and reduce the rural-urban migration.

"We need a lot of development in this district in order not to lag behind in our standard of living,” he stated.

Nai Wyettey also underscored the importance of education, saying “knowledge is power, hence the need to get knowledge to help build Awutu state”.

He called on citizens of the traditional area to encourage children to go to school “to be educated to be able to carry the mantle when we are gone”.