- The DCE of Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Isaac Odoom, has disclosed that he used part of the district assembly common fund for rituals to pacify the gods
- He said, after the completion of the new Breman Benin market, traders refused to move into it with the excuse that they would die if they moved there
- Odoom added that constant persuasion from the market women forced the assembly to heed to their request
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The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Isaac Odoom, has disclosed that he used part of the district assembly common fund for rituals to pacify the gods.
Answering to questions posed by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the DCE said, after the completion of the new Breman Benin market, traders refused to move into it with the excuse that they would die if they moved there.
According to Odoom, constant persuasion by the market women forced the district assembly to kowtow to the request of the women by buying goats and Schnapps to purify the market.
“It is the communities that demanded from the assembly to do that. But I think the assembly was looking at it from the economic point of view; ‘let’s give them this [pacification items] for them to perform the rituals then the market can be used which we can go and take our tolls for more revenue’,” he said.
Odoom said, as soon as the rituals were performed the traders moved into the market and were now doing brisk business.
Alluding to the biblical saying that “give what is for Caesar to Caesar and what is for God to God”, the assembly later brought in some pastors to also pray at the site.
He revealed that the market was one of the major sources of revenue for the assembly and so when they were faced with that situation they had to heed the request of the market women, who were told by a traditional priest that they would die if they moved into the new market without performing the rituals.
In other news, the Ministry of Health has announced that all persons coming in from China to Ghana would undergo enhanced health screening and surveillance to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus.
A press release signed by the sector Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu and reported by Citi News, assured that Ghana has in-country capacity to diagnose the infection at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.
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