The people of the Aperade town in the Achiase district of the Eastern Region seem not to be comfortable with the leadership of their chief, Obrempong Owusu Twum Berima Tiabofre I popularly known in the Ghanaian cinema screens as Rokoto and his other sub chiefs.
A popular Sudanese proverb says “a large chair does not make a king” and another common one also known by Liberians has it that “If the townspeople are happy, look for the chief”, all representing good Leadership which Aperade youths are yearning for today.
According to the Youth Development Association of the Aperade town, their Traditional chiefs have decided to use devious means to cheat them by extorting funds from them in the name of clan funeral contributions.
They said, the tradition of clan members having to pay monthly contributions to support funerals in their town are being enforced by the chiefs yet they have failed to give vivid account of the funds being mobilized.They also revealed that the chiefs after taking the funeral contributions from the community only pays out 800 cedis to the family of the deceased as funeral support upon their incurred debts and keeps most of the remaining funds to themselves at the community’s expense.
The organizer of the association, Baffour Awuah is pleading with the chiefs to share the generated funds among the contributing families to better their welfare.
He also complained that upon all royalties, payments and taxes being demanded from the community by the chiefs, there has not been any community developmental projects to at least provide jobs for the youths which has led to many social vices.Sharing some challenges of the community, he mentioned that the community needs more developments which can be started with existing projects being maintained well to create jobs and supporting most youths in Aprade who cannot further their education with sponsorship from the funds being contributed.
Speaking with Ahenkan FM, The Assemblyman of the community,Hon. Kwasi Sarkohas joined the youth to champion the demand of accountability from the chiefs to charge them to put the funds to proper use in the community.