Chiefs Must Be Agents Of Development � AMA Boss

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has advised chiefs to serve as agents of development and unity. He said without unity among the people, government�s efforts at improving the lives of the people would not yield the desired results. Dr Vanderpuije gave this advice when Sempe Mantse, Nii Allotey Obour, and his elders paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra yesterday. The AMA boss promised government�s support for communities which initiate their own development programmes, and appealed to stakeholders to complement government�s effort at improving the nation. Sempe Mantse, Nii Allotey Obour used the opportunity to thank AMA for its support in the development of Accra and the Sempe traditional area. He, however, denied any involvement in recent media publications accusing the AMA of planned demolitions at Dansoman Akokofoto. Recent publications were that the chief and people of Sempe were angry at the AMA boss as a result of a purported demolishing of unauthorised structures and removal of slums and heaps of refuse at Akokofoto in Dansoman. Nii Allotey Obour stated that his stool will not hinder development in any way; instead, he would do all in his capacity to maintain law and order in his traditional area. The call was to formally hand over a copy of a High Court order in favour of Nii Allotey Obour as the substantive Sempe Mantse. The Accra High Court, before his Lordship Uuter Paul Dery, on June 20, 2014 held Nii Allotey Obour as the rightful heir to the stool after six years of misunderstanding between parties. The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, however, said he is happy that an understanding has been reached between parties as this will help to maintain peace and encourage development.