Ghana — Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, Okyehene, on Wednesday advised personalities occupying political offices to think about the nation’s progress rather than seek their selfish interests.
He condemned corrupt officials whom he alleged misused the scarce state resources allocated them to be used for the benefit of the people.
“These attitudes don’t speak well of any patriotic citizen who has the interest of his or her nation at heart. Leaders are supposed to leave good legacies for posterity, not a bad name. They must leave worthy examples for the younger ones to follow”, the Okyehene stated.
Osagyefo Amoatia said this when he paid a courtesy call on Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, in Sunyani as part of an evaluation tour of some afforestation projects in the region.
He called for the strengthening of the decentralization process to ensure that projects at the grassroots level were monitored and proper evaluation conducted to avoid wastage in the system, adding, “Africa is lagging behind as a result of an effective decentralization process”.
He expressed delight at the extent to which the region’s vegetative cover had been conserved, noting that whether or not the vegetative cover would be forever maintained would depend on the authorities.
Osagyefo Amoatia urged all to conduct themselves properly as the country headed for elections in December in order to maintain the peace and stability that the country was enjoying.
Mr. Baffour-Awuah reiterated the commitment of the Regional Coordinating Council in curbing bushfires in the region.
He said available records depicted that the occurrence of bushfires in the region had reduced from 70 per cent to 25 per cent, adding frantic efforts were being made to further reduce this as the consequences resulted in poverty among the people.
The Regional Minister pledged the resolve and commitment of the RCC to ensure that the region’s environment was protected.
He thanked the Okyehene for his untiring efforts and pledged to offer him the needed support.
He later paid a courtesy call on Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, Omanhene of Sunyani Traditional Area and is expected to embark on visit to Dormaa-Ahenkro, Drobo and Techiman.