Chief of Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area Oseadeiye Dr Frimpong Manso ll has opened up on a few issues that have remained the reasons development and growth of the area have been stalled.
According to the traditional ruler, these issues are the reason a royal palace has not been built in the area till today.
Speaking to the media, the Chief of Akyem Kotoku stated that since his installation as Chief of the Kotoku Traditional Area, attempts to develop the area has attracted countless adversaries and counter actions leading to the stagnant and unprogressive state of the town.
“For the past twenty-two (22) years that I have been on the stool as chief of Akyem Kotoku, my efforts to bring development to the people always attracts contenders who find it wrong and enjoy distracting any project we try to bring up. Our problem is rivalry and we live in a space of feuding factions so once someone is not in your faction, they quickly counter anything you bring up,” he stated.
Dr. Frimpong Manso II said projects have been on hold for a while due to issues in the area adding that the necessary documentation needed to start the stalled projects have been secured and will be put to use accordingly.
He disclosed that it takes a lot of measures to build an ultra-modern palace adding that it is right that things have fallen in place now and funds are now available to carry out the project of the palace.
Dr. Frimpong Manso II added that he has ensured that all funds paid into the coffers of the area are intact and properly managed.
He noted that there have been efforts by some persons who claim to have powers from an Eastern Regional Minister to prevent the demolishing of the old palace to make way for the commencement of a new one.
According to him, no single person or group has authority in making decisions for the people of Kotoku.
He cautioned the queen mother of the area to desist from being an obstruction to the project.
“75 acres of land which was allocated for the construction of the palace, she has started selling the land. We are advising her to desist from carrying out the illegal sale of the lands and show some respect to the council and her office as a queen mother,” the traditional ruler added.
He further added that Kotoku is endowed with natural resources such as gold than any other state but due to chieftaincy feuds the resources cannot be extracted to develop the area.