Adansi citizens in the East Coast of North America hosted the Adansihene Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II at two separate town hall meetings to enable the Overload update the community on traditional and developmental issues in the Adansi.
Addressing the Adansi’s onSaturday March 18, in Maryland, Nana Bonsra Afriyie II expressed his hope in the future of the Gold mining town of Obuasi which falls under his jurisdiction. He explained that, according to the AngloGold Ashanti, the mining activities was being suspended temporarily, in a restructuring exercise, to enable the Anglo Gold company, the operators of the mine, to retool and equip the mine with new machinery and that in about 18 months the mine would be back in full operation. He was however confident that the mine has enough gold reserves for the next couple of decades.
The Adansihene expressed his disappointment in the activities of “galamsay” operators which has led to the severe degradation of the environment. He advised everyone seeking to explore gold to apply for a license as a small-scale mining company (per the laws of Ghana) rather than engage in the illegal activity of “Galamsay”.
He assured the gathering of his strong “anti-galamsay” stance that he would sanction any chief in the area who encourages or makes land available for such activities. Prior to his visit to the United States he had ordered that all trenches dug by these illegal miners should be covered in order to avoid further loss of lives and degradation of the land.
Nana Bonsra Afriyie II, however, bemoaned the falling standards of education in the district and appealed to the Adansi’s to pull their resources together to support the various schools through donation of ICT equipment and reading materials. He said the lack of such amenities is part of the reason for the falling standards of education. He told the gathering that three senior Day-secondary schools are being constructed by the Government in the Adansi North and South, plus a 120-bed Hospital in Fomena.
He appealed to every Adansi to adopt their hometown and play a role in mobilizing resources and amenities for their respective towns.
He further advised the Washington Metro Adansi Community to revive their association since that was the only way they can collectively unite and make a meaningful impact on the lives of their communities in Ghana.
On April, 25 the Adansihene carried his positive message to New York where he addressed a similar town hall meeting. In New York he assured Adansi’s of doing all within his power to work to resolve all chieftaincy disputes in Adansi to restore peace and traditional decorum. He was assured of their maximum support in addressing all issues of concern in Adansi. Nana was of the opinion that attitudinal change is paramount for development and has pledged to manage both human and natural resources for the development of the area.
The next leg of Nana Bonsra’s visit would be London in the United Kingdom where he would address Adansi’s at a similar town hall meeting on May 3rd, 2015 before going back to Ghana
The new Adansihene, known in private life as Mr. Kwaku Bonsra, who was an Accountant in Washington DC, USA was installed Adansihene on January 24, 2014,and swore the Oath of Allegiance to Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on February 24, 2014, ending the eight years of chieftaincy dispute in the Adansi. He succeeded Nana Ofori Agyemang II, who died on July 15, 2005.