Media urged to be circumspect on chieftaincy issues

media2Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, Paramount Chief of Osu, has appealed to media practitioners to be circumspect in their reportage especially on issues of chieftaincy.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Nii Dowuona VI said bad reportage by the media over chieftaincy issues especially in the Greater Accra Region scares potential investors and it is important that practitioners always cross check their stories.

“There are agencies like the National and Regional House of Chiefs and even the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture that are always available to help the media with any information relating to the chieftaincy institution and I will urge media practitioners to cross check their stories with them before any publication”, he suggested.

He said it is equally important for media practitioners to protect and project the chieftaincy institution for rapid development.

Nii Dowuona VI said there is currently no chieftaincy dispute in the Osu Traditional Area adding that all disputes have been settled and Osu now has a gazetted paramount chief.

He said the Osu Traditional Council is now poised for development and has formed a non-governmental organisation called Omancodi to deal with issues of education, maternal and infant mortality and creating jobs for the unemployed youth.

He said there would be the launching of 2013 Osu Homowo festival on August 16 and a grand durbar of chiefs and elders to be attended by President John Dramani Mahama on September 6.

Other activities lined up for the celebration of the 2013 Osu Homowo festival include a charity wine auction, clean up exercise, football gala, health screening, sprinkling of kpokpoi, visit to ancestral shrines, marathon race, cooking contests, Miss Homowo and dance competition and a musical concert.

Source: GNA

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