A philanthropist, Alhaji Sarki Issaka Nii Netty Nettey, has been installed as the Akwashongtse of the Muslim communities within the Sempe Traditional Area in Accra.
The well-organised and colourful event was held at the residence of James Town Sempe Mantse, the Mankralo of Ga State Nii Adote Otintor II.
The ceremony was witnessed by the National Chief Imam Sheikh Osumanu Sharubutu, Muslim Chiefs, traditional rulers, dignitaries and the leadership of some political parties.
In his address after administering the oath of allegiance, the Sempe Mantse who is also the Acting President of the Ga Traditional Council Adote Otintor II noted that the Muslims within the Sempe communities have over the years lived peacefully with the people and have contributed their quota significantly towards the development of the area.
This, he said, has compelled him and his elders to recognise and appreciate their good work by installing someone to represent them at the palace and to seek their welfare.
According to the Sempe Mantse, the Sempe traditional area is made up 84 communities and Muslims can be found in all those communities.
He revealed that the Muslims within the Sempe area have always been in close contact with the Sempe stool for advice, prayers among others.
On his part, the former Greater Accra Regional Minister and former Member of Parliament for Kpone Katamanso Nii Larye Afotey Abgo who doubles as the Acting Chief of Kpone-Katamanso expressed the hope that the installation of the Sempe Muslims Akwashongtse will bring development, strengthen the cordial relationship between Muslims and the Sempe people as well as attract good things to the Sempe communities .
He called on the people to desist from backbiting and instead rally behind the newly installed Akwashongtse and his elders to help develop the area.
He added that the installation was in the right direction.
About Alhaji Issaka Nettey
Alhaji Sarki Issaka Nettey is a businessman, philanthropist and a cabinet member of Greater Accra Hausa Chief, Alhaji Kabiru Kadiri English.
He is a grandson of Asofoatse Nettey whose name was giving to a popular street in Accra called Asofoatse Nettey Street.
Speaking after the installation, Alhaji Issaka Nettey, gave thanks to God for seeing him through the installation process.
According to him, it is the Almighty that crown kings and raises leaders.
He advised the youth to respect the elders in their Communities adding that “in recent past the sort of situation we see ourselves does not speak well of us”.
He urged them to maintain the peaceful coexistence among the Muslims and the people of Sempe.
Alhaji Issaka Nettey promised to be fair and firm during his reign as Akwashongtse.
According to him, one of the major problems in most Ga Muslims communities is education and therefore called on parents to give it the necessary attention since “it has become very important in our everyday activities”.
“To achieve this and other goals we will need all hands-on-deck so that we can come out victorious” he stressed.
He expressed appreciation to the Sempe Mantse and his elders for doing him a great honour by installing him as the Akwashongtse for the Sempe Muslim communities.
Alhaji Issaka Nettey, who is well known for his efforts in helping the needy and empowering the youth, assured the people that he would continue to help and empower the youth to become independent.
At the same ceremony, Business woman Alhaja Amudalatu Akweley Opare Addo Kundow was installed as the Queen Mother of Muslims of Sempe Traditional Area while businessman Alhaji Kabir Gbademu was also installed as Galladima (Stool Administrator).