Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Central Regional Minister
The Chiefs and people of the Edina Traditional Area in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region on Tuesday Celebrated their annual Bakatue festival and regatta competition.
The ceremony was preceded with the costing of the Omanhen’s fishing net in the Benya lagoon and the firing of musketry to signify the start of the festival.
Prior to the start of the programme, there was a precession of chiefs through the street of the town where they finally converged at the forecourt of the Nana Benya Shrine.
The festival would be climaxed with a durbar of chiefs and Asafo companies on Saturday.
The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, in an address, expressed worry about the gradual decline of the nation’s customs and values as a result of the onslaught of foreign cultures.
She therefore called for the adoption of a holistic approach in curbing the trend in the country.
She however, expressed appreciation to the chiefs and people of the area for preserving some of the traditions and cultures of the area.
Mrs Benyiwa-Doe condemned the attitude of some people who refer to the nation’s festivals as fetish, saying, “we should not look down on our heritage”.
She appealed for peace and unity in the area since such tenets wee pre-requisite for national development.
She expressed the government’s commitment in supporting the fishing industry which was the main occupation of the people and urged the fishermen to cooperate with the government in that regard.
The Regional Minister further urged the people to invest in the education of their children, saying, “education of their children, saying, “education is the only legacy one can bequeath to the child.”
The member of Parliament for KEEA, Dr. Joseph Annan, in his remarks reiterated the need for the promotion of peace and unity in the area.