Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has called on Chiefs to come together to help in the development of Asanteman saying we cannot push the development of Ashanti backwards while other parts of the country is developing by all standards.
He said he is always fighting to find investors from Israel, South Korea, South Africa and other countries to come to Ashanti to undertake projects that can offer the youth jobs and develop the area, adding the Bantama lands for the military will be developed into a shopping mall.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu was speaking at the opening of the Asanteman Council after it had been on recess for about two months during when he travelled outside to confer with investors in Israel.
He said it is not the “plenty of talk” by the Nananom without any action on development that can solve the Council’s lack of development problems, but rather “our can do spirit with all hands on deck.”
The Asantehene was not happy that some of the Chiefs are only interested in the sale of lands to their benefit and not for the development of their areas.
He charged Nananom to lead their people to undertake Afforestation and Agriculture, especially the production of maize that can offer the youth a lot of employment.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu disclosed that all Kumasi lands whose leases have expired will now be registered in the name of the Golden Stool, and the aim is to get investors to put up high-rise building to beautify Kumasi.
He explained that it is not his aim to acquire property personally, but he will not also allow the Golden Stool to lose its property that our great grandfathers left for the stool
I have invited the investors in South Africa to meet me about the Race Course project which has taken long a time to be realized.
The Asantehene criticized those Paramount Chiefs who go to the Castle, (the seat of Government) without seeking permission from him and said “you are Paramount Chief because of me, therefore, it will be wrong to undertake a mission without my knowledge.”
On Galamsey, Otumfuo Osei Tutu expressed his unhappiness that Manso, Jacobu and Bekwai have become notorious for that project, saying there are some Chiefs and Government Officials who are behind this type of environmental degradation of our land and water bodies. How can a man from China get to know that there is gold at these areas, and carry guns to protect themselves on Ashanti lands and dig for gold?
The Asantehene disclosed that he had requested for a report on the galamsey and those Chiefs who are mentioned will be invited to explain to Asanteman at the appropriate time.
On chieftancy cases before the Asanteman Council, Otumfuo Osei Tutu disclosed that next week sitting of the Council will deal with Adansi, to be followed by Kumawu, Essumeja and Offuman.
He pointed out that this time round, Chieftaincy cases will not be referred to committees, as was done in the past, saying many chiefs have decided against that, therefore, all such disputes will be dealt with by the whole Asanteman Council.
On Juaso stool affairs, Otumfuo Osei Tutu said there is a petition against the new Abusuapanin of Juaso, and requested Nana Otuo Siribuo, Juabenhene, the overlord of Juaso to investigate it so that Juaso will enjoy peace.
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