The paramount Chief of Tumu traditional area His Eminent Chief Richard Babini Kanton VI who is also a member of council of elders has made a passionate appeal to the president of the republic of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to as part of his quest to develop Sissala area and the Upper West Region as a whole to as a matter of enhancing trade between countries,relocate the current Customs Barrier to the boundary between Ghana and Burkina Faso and also under take massive up-grading of the Customs Barrier to an international standard.
The message was carried in a welcome address read during the annual celebration of the Paari Gbielle festival of the Chiefs and people of the Tumu traditional area. The mammoth event took place at the forecourt of the Tumu Kuoro’s palace and in Tumu the Municipal capital of the Sissala East of the Upper West Region of Ghana. The essence of the annual celebration is thanks giving for bumper harvest in the area, used as a platform to articulate their predicaments to government and also to open up investment opportunities to potential investors. Some of the food crops cultivated among the SIssala people include yam, rice, groundnuts, maize, millet, soya beans, sweet potatoes, beans and so forth.
This year’s celebration was on the theme’’Parri Gbielle Festival;a tool for the restoration of our cultural heritage’’. According the paramount chief of Tumu Traditional area, the theme was purposely chosen to draw the attention of the Sissala people to the rapid nature in which their cultural heritage is gradually eroding and paving way for western culture which is incompatible with their up-bringing in Africa.
This year’s celebration was historic as this was the first a sitting president graced the occasion. Special guest of honour His Excellency the President of Ghana Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo Addo was present accompanied by,the deputy chief of staff, interior minister Ambrose Dery,deputy Upper West Regional minister Hon. Amidu Chinnia Issahaku,MP for Sissala East hon.Abbass Raidwan Dauda,MMDCEs . Also present were paramount chief of Lawra who acted as the chairman of the occasion, Kusanaba from Bawku and many other chiefs with their dancing groups.
The chief envisaged how this development when done will inure to the benefit of communities along the border. Big among the series of development required, is the tarring of the road from Tumu Township to Leo in the Burkina Faso since that portion of the Burkina Faso has been tarred for almost twenty year. He bemoaned how scary it is to seeing fallen trucks along the road from Wa-Tumu- all the way to Leo.
Tumu Kuoro expressed regrets the lackadaisical attitude of government not making strenuous attempts to relocate the customs barrier from the Tumu township to Ghana’s boundary with neighboring Burkina Faso as these paves way for smugglers to fester with their activities and even government losing revenue through that.