By Benjamin Xornam Glover, TEMA
The Chief of Tema, Osongaa Nii Adjei Kraku II has appealed to the government to support indigenous industries to blossom to maturity.
He said with the current spate of increasing graduate unemployment, increased investment in the indigenous sector of the economy would help create many job opportunities for the teeming youth of the country.
|Osongaa Nii Adjei Krakue II, Tema Mantse|
Nii Krakue made the appeal at a durbar in his palace in Tema to commemorate his 22nd anniversary of his enstoolment as a chief of the area
"We have now gotten to a stage in our development where only a few of our students passing out of the various tertiary institutions can be employed by industry. However, there is one area that holds a lot of promise. This is our indigenous industry." He said
He added "if our graduates can be encouraged and supported with funding to go into our indigenous industry or businesses such as food, fishing, farming and agro processing, they can use their knowledge and skills to improve and grow the sector to absorb a chunk of the youth. The Japanese, Europeans and Chinese recorded vast improvement in their indigenous industries when graduates moved into that sector of their economy"
ERRATIC POWER SUPPLY
Nii Krakue II said in view of the energy challenges facing the country, the time has come for government to consider harnessing solar energy to supplement electricity production in the country
Renewal of Oath.
As part of the anniversary, Nii Krakue renewed his oath to members of the Tema Traditional Council after which the 13 members of the Council who were sworn in a Tema High Court Judge, Justice Adjei Frimpong also reaffirmed their support to the Paramont Chief.
The 13 Divisional Chiefs and Priests who swore the Judicail Oath, the Oath of Secrecy and the Oath of Membership of the Council were advised to play seriuoelsy to help the Paramont Chief in administering peacefully.
The Registrar of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Mr. Harry A. Attipoe, urged the people of Tema to sustain their unity, close their ranks and co-exist peacefully.
He advised them to use laid-down procedures in their customs and traditions to resolve their differences and urged the various king makers not to engage in anonymous letter writing on chieftaincy issues.
The Chief Executive Of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten congratulated Nii Tema on his anniversary and pledged the continuous support of the assembly for his administration to ensure growth and peaceful co-existence.
Member of the TTC who were sworn in are Nii Odametey II, Chief Fisherman,Awudum, Nii Adjeirteh Mator III, Chief Fisherman Ashaman, Nii Tetteh Atanya II, Adigom Mantse and Nii Adjei Tsuru II, Sakumono Mantse.
Others are Nii Mensah Bossah II, Kubekro Mantse, Nii Armah Akitikpo II, Okyeame, Nii Ashitey Saasaabi II, Saasaabi Mantse, Nii Armarh Somponu II, Shipi Awudum and Nii Adjierteh Afedi I, Shipe Ashaman.
The rest are Nii Tetteh Tsuru Orkor II Akwashongsyse, Nii Adjetey Agbo II, Mankralo, Numoo Asino Kofi II, Sakumo Wulomo and Numoo Abo Dade Hamle II, Naayoo Wulomo.
In a related development, the National Chief Imam,Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu also led a team of Muslim cleric to hold a special prayer session and Quran Recitals were read to thank Allah for the 22 years rule of the Tema Manste, who professes the Islamic faith.