No interference in chieftaincy but…
By: Augustine Cobba-Biney
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Alex Asum-Ahensah, has re-echoed the determination of the government to avoid interfering in matters of chieftaincy.
He said the government would, however, not renege on its security functions were chieftaincy conflicts arise.
Mr. Asum-Ahensah said this in a speech read for him at the inauguration of the Traditional Rulers Association of Ghana (TRAG) in Accra.
TRAG is made up of chiefs who have come together to promote their welfare and development.
It will complement the effort of the Regional and National House of Chiefs to enhance the chieftaincy institution.
The association is intended to build the capacity of chiefs to help accelerate the growth of their areas.
It will also help in curbing the numerous chieftaincy disputes within their respective traditional areas.
The TRAG intends to create a platform for chiefs to find ways to modernize static cultural practices and eliminate those that ate dehumanizing.
The association has a five-member national executive chaired by Nene Tetteh Kupualor Gbese I, a divisional chief of the Ada Traditional Area.
Other executives include Nene Professor Abanam Akponglo, the Rector of the Zenith University College, Vice-president, Nene Kerker Zomabi III, Secretary, Togbe Anyaho Gbadago II, Divisional Chief of Sokpe, South Tongu in the Volta Region, treasurer and Nene Teye Akwada III, an executive for special duties.
Regional branches of the association will soon be formed to promote a sense of unity among chiefs.
Mr. Aum-Ahensah pointed out that chieftaincy and traditional authorities had been left largely undisturbed by succeeding governments.
“This is attested to by the promulgation of the 1992 Constitution which enshrined the independence of the chieftaincy institution in chapter 22”, he said.
Mr. Asum-Ahensah said matters of traditional rule, customary law and practice were the responsibility of the various Houses of Chiefs, traditional authorities provide the leadership required in community mobilization for development, and for law and order to prevail”.
He expressed the hope that the association will partner the traditional councils to assist in curbing chieftaincy disputes within their areas.
Nene Gbese, national president of TRAG, said the association aimed at unifying chiefs and addressing the challenges that affects the development of their people.
He urged other chiefs to embrace the idea and join the association to derive maximum benefits.
Ghanaian Times - Page: 17 Thursday, September 17, 2009