President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, has advised Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang to have a big heart to accommodate insults and verbal attacks which have characterised Ghana’s politics since she is now a leading political figure in the country.
“Naana Professor, you’re welcome, and my personal advice to you is that the road before you is not straight, you’ll receive plenty of insults but find a big stomach, so when they insult you, you put it in there…” the Osu Mantse advised when Professor Opoku-Agyemang, who is the running mate of John Dramani Mahama the flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 election, paid a courtesy call on the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs to seek its permission to tour the region on Monday, August 10, 2020.
Nii Dowuona also expressed worry over how politicians only recognise the importance of chiefs in the development drive during electioneering campaigns in their quest to canvas for votes and soon after neglect them.
Responding to the request from the NDC’s running mate soliciting chiefs and queens’ inputs in the development of Ghana, Nii Dowuona asked politicians to heed the advice of traditional rulers and stop considering them as illiterates.
“We call you to advise you [but] because we are illiterates you don’t listen to us, but the beauty of it is that we will not stop talking, we will keep on advising and we believe that now we are getting a listening ear and you are prepared to partner us, we are also prepared to partner you,” the Osu Mantse said.
On her part, Prof Opoku-Agyemang noted that as the leaders at the local level, the chiefs are the embodiment of development and must be an integral part of the development drive.
She said: “We’ll always collaborate with our kings and queen mothers and of course we intend to do the same as we go forward. So being here is to seek your support, seek your advice, seek your direction.
“It is about time we put our country first and all of us must come together. We know the role Greater Accra plays in our national affairs. The things we were able to do in our last administration is here for us all to see. Whether is about water, whether is about hospitals, whether is about roads, or schools or any development I know you are all aware and all we are asking for is an opportunity to do same.”