The President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, and Paramount Chief of Dormaa traditional area, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu, has pledged his support for the youth who are agitating on social media urging the government to fix the country concept.
He said the agitation of the youth for both political and traditional leaders to fix the country’s economy for the social good is a wake-up call that must not be ignored.
Speaking at the sidelines of the maiden meeting of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs after the creation of the Bono Region in 2017, the Dormahene according to him, the “Fix the country campaign is not only targeting the government, but traditional leaders, the clergy and politicians stressing the youths in the country feel that leaders, in general, have disappointed them.
Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu who is also the Omanhene of the Dormaa Traditional Area, said while some of them were in support of the call, they condemned attempts by others to use the campaign as an opportunity to verbally abuse some leaders in the country.
The President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs described the campaign as appropriate and called on the government to accept the criticisms by working to meet the demands of the youths.
He adding that constructive criticism only helps to put pressure on the government to work hard to improve the living standards of the citizenry.
Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu said the five to seven per cent of monies paid by the big gold mining giants to the government is too meagre to address the concerns of the unemployed youths.
To him, this is compounded by the sale of lands by some chiefs for galamsey mining.
He said the social discontent emanating from all these situations underscore the fix the country agitation.
Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II made the call at the first general meeting of the house this year in Sunyani, the Bono Regional capital.
In his take on the burning of excavators, he said he don’t support the government idea of burning the excavators he urged the government to take and look at it again.
He stated he doesn’t believe in the burning because the utility value of that equipment could be capitalised on by the State.
He added that any excuses defending the burning of excavators were an expression of institutional impotence.
He urged the government to rethink destroying the equipment which in other ways can be used to develop the country.
He asked chiefs in the country as custodians of their traditional lands to stamp their authority against selling their lands for galamsey mining as he has done in his traditional jurisdiction.