THE Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has stated that the challenges facing the nation in its development strides are surmountable and urges citizens not to be driven to despair.
He, therefore, stressed the need for Ghanaians to collectively “put their shoulder to the wheel” to realise national goals.
In a New Year message, Otumfuo Osei Tutu observed that “all nations that have made significant progress in their development owe their successes to the strong commitment and determination of the citizens to build their country”.
“A nation that cannot count on her citizens to contribute their quota cannot expect to realise her goals; that is why I urge the people of Asanteman and the entire people of Ghana to resolve to work harder and more diligently in their various areas of endeavour this year,” he said.
The Asantehene was delighted in the democratic credential of the nation and urged the people to sustain it to further promote Ghana as the torchbearer of good governance and democratic culture in Africa.
He challenged traditional rulers to strive at all times to be true leaders of the people and use the resources placed in their care for the good of the people.
He noted that chiefs were natural partners of the government in development, and it was important that the government increased its collaboration with them. The Asantehene further reminded parents of their responsibility towards the proper upbringing of their children.
He pointed out that the responsibility should embody both formal and moral education, so that the children would grow up to become responsible people.