By Kofi Sekyiama Phoebe.
The Oguaamanhen Osaberima Kwasi Atta has called on stakeholders in Oguaa to help curb indiscipline in the Metropolis.
He lamented that the spate of indiscipline is becoming alarming and all hands must be on deck to curtail the social canker. Osaberima made the point at a colloquium in Cape Coast as part of activities marking the 2021 Oguaa Fetu Afahye.
Though the celebration was on the low key due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Omanhene raised issues such as teenage pregnancy, pilfering, indiscriminate use of tricycles, also known as ‘Pragia’ by minors, disregard for by-laws, and loitering of children at night.
Ironically, Cape Coast is the citadel of education in Ghana, but enrolment at the basic level is rather on the low side of the town.
Osaberima urged parents, and Civil Society to help in the fight against such nefarious activities.
“Most of the children do not sleep early, this is attributed to the lack of parental care. There should be more stringent measures to curtail this. Because it often results in teenage pregnancy.’’
The Education Service, Department of Social Welfare, the Ghana Health Service, Members of Parliament for Cape Coast North and South and other stakeholders pledged to support the Traditional Council’s initiative to nib the concerns in the bud.
The Regional Manager, Road Safety Commission, Linda Affotey said the Cape Coast Metropolis has recorded about 1thousand tricycles, also known as Pragia, which are all not registered.
“Most of the tricycles also known as ‘Pragia’, have not been registered, and this is another challenge in curbing road accidents,’’ Madam Affotey noted.
She said most of the road carnages in the Metropolis are caused by the activities of tricycles, which often have disregard for traffic rules and, often driven by minors.
Madam Affotey entreated the Assembly and the Motor Traffic & Transport Department, MTTD of the Ghana Police Service to intensify surveillance to control activities of tricycle operators.
The Central Regional Director of GBC, Alex Ashie underscored the need for the media to be circumspect in their reportage especially from the Traditional Council.
“This will serve as a platform for the traditional authority to educate inhabitants on how to be disciplined. And also ensure that they follow the rules and regulations,’’ he stated.
Mr. Ashie hinted that GBC Radio Central would soon come up with a program dubbed palace diaries which will serve as a platform to educate the masses on all topic issues confronting the Metropolis.