President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday advised traditional rulers to guard the chieftaincy institution with total care and respect. The dignity of the land, he said, was vested in them and they should do everything to preserve it.
President Kufuor was speaking during a courtesy call on him at the Castle, Osu, by a delegation of Chiefs from the Brong-Ahafo Region led by Nana Kwame Korang, Omanhene of Awua-Domase and Vice President of the Regional House of Chiefs.
They were there to convey the appreciation of the people in the region to the Government for giving them their fair share of development and to wish the President well following his recent escape in a car crash.
President Kufuor asked the Judicial Committees of the various Houses of Chiefs to ensure firmness and transparency in their handling of disputes over stools and skins brought before them.
He said they should resist all forms of influence by those who had no legitimate title to vacant stools and skins to help stop the incidence of violent chieftaincy clashes.
He noted that a beautiful blending of the traditional system with modern constitutional democracy should promote stability.
Nana Korang said the people in Brong-Ahafo were grateful for the development projects they had benefited from in the last seven years. He mentioned among them schools, roads, the Sunyani Jubilee Park and the Bui hydroelectric dam project.