As part of activities marking his 20th-anniversary celebration, the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has paid a visit to Asamankese to engage his subjects.
The event hosted by the Chief of Asamankese, Osabarima Adu Darko III, attracted many townsfolk and people across the country, to pay homage to the Okyehene.
In his address, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin responded to a number of issues concerning the Asamankese Traditional area.
Raising concerns about the state and behavior of children in Okyeman, he called on the traditional council to institute laws barring children from staying out late at night, which, according to him, was contributing to the rise in teenage pregnancy.
The traditional council’s regulation has begun in Kyebi, that from 8:30 in the night we do not want to see any child under 17 years in town. If we see any child below the age of 17 at any video game centers, it shall be immediately shut down. We have to make laws to protect our children,” he said.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin further advised parents and children to make education a priority for the development of the region and Ghana at large.
He noted that some parents were still not sending their children to school in spite of the free senior high school policy.
Touching on land ownership in the area, the Okyenhene advised foreigners who acquired land to respect the laws of the Asamankese stool.
“Every land has its owner, and with due respect, the outsiders who are also Ghanaians let us understand this. Even if a chief buys land for you at Asamankese, it does not imply that you would not respect the laws of the stool land.
When you purchase land, you have not purchased the laws of the land; you still have to respect the laws of the land,” he said.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin called for unity in the traditional area to “make Okyeneman great.”
He said donations from benevolent individuals and groups towards the celebration of his two decades reign as King will be used for the construction of 10 basic schools in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.
He advised the people of Asamankese to engage in tree planting to protect the environment.