The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has urged the people of Accra to celebrate this year's Homowo Festival in peace.
According to him, the city of Accra had enjoyed peace over the years and would want to celebrate this year's Homowo devoid of any public disturbances.
The Mayor said this yesterday, when he led a government delegation which included, Elizabeth Sackey, Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Lante Bannerman, Chairman of the National Premix Fuel Committee (NPFC), Nii Adjei Tawiah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Korle Klottey and some other MCEs from the Region to present some items and undisclosed amount of money to the Ga Traditional Council and the various stool houses towards the celebration of the Festival.
"We have witnessed peace and tranquility over the years and we are just reminding our chiefs and elders as well as citizens that we want to continue to enjoy that peace. We also want to caution any group that also intends to bring trouble that the police is on the alert to take action on any group of persons or individuals who intend to bring trouble," he said.
Mayor Sowah urged the youth to take education seriously in order to reach higher heights and help develop their communities.
"I will like to send this message to our people especially the youth to take education serious. President Nana Akufo Addo has made education his priority and by so doing he had made education free, compulsory and universal," he said.
"We are also enjoying free SHS and hopefully with the capital pumped into the scholarship schemes, needy and brilliant students will also benefit. So literally the opportunities are there for us to take advantage and once we have a very literate citizenry, it is a sign of progress," he added.
He used the opportunity to invite all Ghanaians living abroad to be part of this year's Homowo festival as this year's celebration will be packed with lots of activities and will be massive.
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Elizabeth Sackey, who made the presentation on behalf of the Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, advised the chiefs of Gamashie to be united and work together to ensure a successful celebration.
"We also ask the Chiefs to be united and work together as an example for the people in the community. My advice to young people is that they should take care of themselves and stay away from unlawful activities and peer pressure and rely on God for everything," she said.
The Head of Operations at the Ga Traditional Council and Chief of Sempe, Nii Adote Otintor II who spoke on behalf of the Council after the presentation thanked President Akufo Addo and his subordinates for the items.
“I would like to thank the President for thinking about us and our festival. We also thank those he sent to deliver the items, “he said.
Nii Adote Otintor II assured the people of Ghana that the Homowo festival would be celebrated peacefully this year, adding that, “we have learnt to love each other in our communities and we have seen some positive changes since I assumed office."