BY KOJO ANSAH
THE NEWLY-ENSTOOLED Chief of Akyem Muoso, Barima Ofori Afam Kyekyeku II, known in private life as Lawrence Kwasi Ofori, has vowed to ensure that all abandoned mining pits in the community are reclaimed by Xtra Gold mining company.
There are close to 100 abandoned shallow mining pits dotted around the community. Three indigenes have been trapped dead within few months past. Apart from this danger, the pits have become mosquito-breeding grounds affecting the health of the residents.
According to him, the traditional council will meet to summon the company and give it an ultimatum to reclaim the abandoned pits to avert needless deaths.
Sixty-one-year-old Barima Kyekyeku said this Monday during an interview after swearing to the Okyenhene as Chief for Muoso, having been enstooled to occupy the vacant stool following destoolment of Barima Funyakatia as Chief for the area over gross disrespect to the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin.
Outlining some of his immediate and long-term vision for the Muoso community, Barima Kyekyeku stated that as a businessman, he was committed to stimulating the local economy by enhancing small and medium scale businesses, build a market for traders and mentor the youth in entrepreneurial opportunities.
On education, he expressed worry over the discouraging performance of students in the area and said much efforts would be made to transform education in the area.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin expressed optimism that the chief would help accelerate development in the community .
He advised chiefs to be agents of development .
The new Chief of Akyem Muoso has six children.