Sunyani, January 10, 2024
A Sunyani based Bonoman Institute, working for the development of the Bono and Bono East Regions has outlined the need for conscious efforts led by chiefs in the Regions for industrialization and an enhanced employment promotion.
The collective move, according to the Institute would further harness the region’s agricultural capacity through an enhanced value chain to improve the economic values of the people, particularly farmers and the youths.
Bonoman Institute is a registered organization that has the mission to be a resource hub that works to ensure the absolute development of Bono people through documentation, preservation and promotion of their culture, history and heritage.
The institute also aimed at highlighting and enhancing the regions potentials to contribute to local, regional, national and global economic development.
“In pursuit of our mission, Bonoman Institute delves into issues of concern that can influence the development of the Bono Regions”.
These were in a statement titled: “Focusing on the Development of Bono and Bono East Regions: The Role of Chiefs and People”, issued and jointly signed by Messrs Atta Akoto Snr, the Executive Director and Director of Operations and Ansu Gyabaah, Executive Director and Director of Affairs and copied thefourlens.com.
The statement captured issues the Institute observed were with great concerns and necessary to deal with, for an enhanced and sustainable development of the Bono Regions.
The statement described promoting peace and unity amongst Bono Chiefs as an “irreplaceable mission that we pray our chiefs and elders and political elites should as a matter of urgency address”.
“We cannot develop as a region when we have so many unresolved disputes”.
The statement indicated “intra chieftaincy discord is another traitor of our progress as regions”.
It said “the many unsolved disputes within some traditional authorities is one of the agents that push our development far behind”.
To ensure socioeconomic economic development of the Bono Regions, there is the urgent need for actions that promote enterprise and business development, the statement explained.
It was optimistic these would surely position the regions for trade and other economic activities to boost in order to bring about development of the people in and pray the chiefs to lead in that regard and liaise with politicians and most importantly their natives who have risen in business to achieve this important feat.
According to the statement, revisiting the Bonokyempem council is another means that can be used to ensure coordination in growth and development of the regions.
The Bonokyempem council should not be replaced by the Regional House of Chiefs, but rather further modified to meet our contemporary developmental and traditional needs, it said.
The statement admonished people of the Bono Regions to come out of their shells to defy all odds to make a difference and noted the time to come out in numbers to do exploit is now, there is no other time.
The development of the Bono Twi dialect, the statement said is an important element required to bring the needed development and identity of the people of the Bono Regions.
This, the Bonoman Institute through the Bono Twi Project is going to implement to enhance the development of the regions, it emphasized.
Further, “protection of our natural resources from unscrupulous people who selfishly steal or find ways to own them should be a matter of grave concern to us”.
The statement again explained cross regional conflicts with other chiefs in Ghana is an emerging issue that has to be addressed for the sake of peace and tranquillity in our contemporary Ghana, and pleaded the chiefs work with all relevant state institutions and the international community in that regard.
For the sake of posterity and development in the Bono Regions, the Institute pleaded with the national security and government to objectively address escalating issues related to chieftaincy, saying, it has the potential to draw back these regions holistic development.
Again, arm robbery on the highways and cattle herdsmen attacks on farmers as well as the use of their cattle to destroy others farms has to be dealt with as emergency issues.
The statement said the Bonoman Institute shall endeavour to work with all stakeholders towards the development of the regions and its people.
It assured the Institute’s utmost commitment and sacrifice towards the realization of their objective to redeem and promote the image, development and wellbeing of the Bono people within and beyond the shores of Ghana.
“Our time to evolve and develop is now. Let us all with one accord, promote the holistic development of the Bono People”, the statement called.
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