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No More Acting President: Wassa Fiase Youth Fumes

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The youth of Wassa Fiase Traditional Area in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality on Tuesday took to the streets to register their displeasure over the absence of a substantive Paramount Chief which they say is hampering the development of Wassa Fiase.

The angry youth called for the reinstatement of Odeneho Akrofa Krukroko II as the the Paramount Chief of the Area and President of the Council as the solution to ending the ongoing conflict which has rendered the seat vacant. Thereby depriving the people of development despite being endowed with rich mineral resources with several companies operating on their lands. According to the youth all records available confirm Odeneho Akrofa Krukroko II as the true and legitimate occupant of the Wassa Fiase Paramount Stool.

The youth marched through the principal streets of Tarkwa clad in red and holding placards with strong inscriptions on them to convey their demands.

The youth were not left alone on their cause as they were accompanied by some elders of the traditional area. The elders are also not happy about how chieftaincy issues are handled by the council and made similar call for the reinstatement of Odeneho Akrofa Krukroko II.

Addressing the media at the office of the Traditional Council, spokesperson for the group, Fiifi Ampong called on President Akufo-Addo to assist the Wassa Fiase Traditional Council to reinstate Odeneho Akrofa Krukoko II as the Paramount Chief of the Traditional Council just as he has done for the people of Dagbon.

The group later presented a petition to the Municipal Chief Executive which was received by an assistant director of the assembly.

The petition signed by the Paramount Queen Mother, Nana Abena Kunadjoa II captured portions of rulings in favour of Odeneho Akrofa Krukroko II. The Queen Mother also called on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to provide urgent support to restore the needed peace in the Wassa Fiase Traditional Area. They also requested the president to meet Odeneho Akrofa Krukroko II on his next visit.

Odeneho Krukoko, known in private life as Mr George Kingsley Kwesi Ampong, was enstooled as paramount chief of Wassa Fiase on September 4, 1994 at Benso and gazetted on December 27, 1996.

However, following a protracted chieftaincy dispute, he left Benso for the United Kingdom (UK) until a recent ruling in his favour by the Judicial Committee of the Western Regional House of Chiefs.

Judicial committee

On August 15, 2015, the three-member committee, chaired by Awulae Annor Adjaye III, declared that the purported installation or enstoolment of Osagyefo Dr Kwamena Enimil VI was a nullity and of no legal effect, citing a number of findings from the evidence before the committee.

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