Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has officially received the commemorative gold coins made in his honour to celebrate his contributions towards peace-building and the overall development of the country.
The unveiling was done at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi recently at the climax of the last Akwasidae of the year for Asanteman, but just over the weekend, officials of Access Bank (the official bankers), Gold Coast Refinery (minters of the gold coin) and the E ON 3 Group, a business solutions provider, which powered the launch were at the Manhyia Palace to formally present the gold coin to Otumfuo.
Receiving the commemorative coin, the prominent traditional ruler said it was an honour he was sharing with everybody in the country.
He said since he ascended the Golden Stool over two decades ago, he has not limited his peace initiatives in Asanteman alone but has ensured that the entire country benefitted from every step that he took for peace to thrive.
He thanked the organisers for recognising his peace initiatives and said it was a reminder “to all that we have only one country called Ghana which we need to jealously protect.”
He said since becoming the Asantehene, he has managed to get all chieftaincy cases in Asanteman, which were in court to be withdrawn for settlement through the traditional system, which had brought peace and tranquility.
While maintaining that no country could develop without peace, the Asantehene said, democracy cannot also thrive without an atmosphere of peace.
Otumfuo stated that he had all along been a fair arbiter, because once he did that the winner will be magnanimous in victory while the loser would be gracious in defeat, saying “I will not bury the truth but will say it as it is since that is the surest way of calming tensions and ensuring development.”
He said if all lived together in peace as one people with a common destiny, the path towards progress will be smooth, assuring that “anything that I will have to do to bring peace to the country, I would not turn my back to it.”
The Executive Director of E ON 3 Group, Richard Adjei Mensah Ofori Atta, who led the organisers to present the gold coin to Otumfuo, said they were privileged to have led the initiative to seek authorisation from the Bank of Ghana for the minting of the gold coin to celebrate Otumfuo, and added that it was a life-long initiative.
He said there were plans to initiate steps to present the gold coin to all the other Kingdoms in Africa to serve as a reminder for them to let peace be their watchword.
The Executive Director said on April 26, 2024, Otumfuo will be celebrating his Silver Jubilee coronation anniversary, which will be about seven months to the next general elections.