A grand durbar has been held to climax this year’s Akwantukese festival of the Chiefs and people of New Juaben in Koforidua. 


This year’s festival marked the Silver Jubilee anniversary of the enstoolment of the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Dasebere Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng and the 20th anniversary of the institution of the Akwantukese festival. 


The festival also saw the inauguration of the Akwantukese Education Board which was geared towards the planting of a perpetual seed of holistic education to benefit the people of the traditional area. 


In an address, Dasebere Oti Boateng said development had moved from a gap-bridging enterprise to character development based on culture, uniqueness and innovations. Saying; these were the signposts to build the requisite parameters for a holistic education. 


He said the education system should be able to deal with the ecological challenges, cultural distinctiveness, the community development sub-stratum and, above all, inculcating in the youth the resolve to create and deploy innovative solutions to development challenges. 


The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, whose speech was read for him by the MP for New Juaben North, Nana Adjei Boateng, praised the people of the New Juaben Traditional Area for the relatively peace and stability enjoyed in the area. 


He said the government was working tirelessly to ensure that many of the promises made to the people were fulfilled and catalogued a number of initiatives that were being implemented. He presented an amount of GH¢10, 000 and several cartoons of drinks to the New Juaben Traditional Council. 


Present at the durbar included some dignitaries notably among them were Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the PPP, Hackman Owusu Agyemang, Board Chairman of Cocobod, and others. 


Source: ISD (Richard Akuffo K)