The Okyeman Youth Association (OYA) will on Wednesday, July 30, 2019 host state institutions, civil society organizations, corporate bodies and embassies to dialogue for maximum impacts towards the Atiwa forest.
The consensus which is aimed at considering government's plan to have the rich forest of Atewa mined for bauxite through a comprehensive plan that would safeguard bio-diversity, our water resources and certain animal species within the forest, would be held at Kyebi the traditional capital of the Akyem Abuakwa Kingdom.
The youth association also intend to bring on board civil society organizations opposing the planned mining of the forest for bauxite, to clearly espouse their fears and anxieties for government to address those concerns and provide the assurances needed.
In an interview with the president of the group Archibald Gyasi, he assured participants of the consultative forum of a view sharing platform where serious issues will be addressed going forward. He also promised an exhibition of genuine Akyem cultures such as a display of the rich Kete dance as a way of welcoming Ghana to Kyebi the hub of Akyem culture and tradition.
He further stated that the forum is intended to build consensus and to end any form of unnecessary agitations that may be expected to greet the development of the area through the various developmental models that may eventually be made known at the forum.